Christmas 2012

Remember that?  It was, like, 2 weeks ago before they put out all the swimming suits in Target?

Well, here’s a recap of my Christmas.

Ryan and I spent approximately 45 hours in the car traveling to and from our Christmas destination.  Thankfully, it was broken up into six different trips, so it wasn’t too bad.  We drove from Nashville to St. Louis to drop off the cats to be babysat by my Pi and Gra (thank you, Pi and Gra!) and to pick up my mom.  We unwrapped presents at her house and left the next morning for Tulsa.  Ryan’s parents took us to dinner at Ted’s Escondido (the most amazing Mexican restaurant ever, IMHO), we unwrapped presents at their house, and the next morning we left for our Christmas destination: Ryan’s parents’ cabin in Angel Fire, New Mexico.

The drive through Oklahoma and into New Mexico is actually quite pretty.

Angel Fire is a popular skiing destination, so we knew that there would be at least SOME snow.  When we got there, we discovered just how much there actually was.

It was nearly up to my knees!  And there were bunny tracks in their backyard!  How sweet.

The next morning, Christmas Eve, this was the view from the back door.

This is Wheeler Peak, the tallest point in New Mexico.

We went on a SLEIGH RIDE!  It was so fun and the experience of a lifetime.

We pulled up to a little camp in the woods and were greeted, “Merry Christmas!  Merrrrrry Christmaaaaaas!”  Haha.  It was so great!  True story: I saw a magical gnome who turned into human-size during the day.  At least, that’s my take.

He even cooked us lunch!

Here’s a bald eagle in a treetop – see him?  (Sorry for the poor quality; had to MAJORLY zoom in.)

Tell me these horses aren’t the sweetest things ever.

That evening, we went to the ski school to watch the Torchlight Parade: skiers come down the mountain carrying torches.  It was magical.

They even pulled Santa down the mountain in a sled!  :) I missed his arrival, but here he is!

We finished off the evening with a Christmas Eve dinner in the country club restaurant.  Before our table was ready, we lounged and had drinks by the fire.

Christmas breakfast!

Our Christmas day was relaxing and peaceful.  We chatted, read books, watched “JAWS” (lol) and just enjoyed being together.  The next day, we went to Taos, which is a nearby town with great eating and shopping.

We saw “Les Miserables,” then went home and had Christmas leftovers for supper.

Our last day there was another relaxing day of eating, shopping, and enjoying each other’s company.

Here’s me and my momma.  I’m so glad she got to join us!

So that was my Christmas!  Hope you enjoyed:)

Lately

Well, we’ve kind of skimped on the whole “25 Days of Christmas” thing.  It’s hard to be energetic and intentional while working overtime and driving home in the pitch black (I’m very affected by the darkness out here on the edge of the Central Time Zone).  We have, however, made Moravian sugar cookies – my favorite – and watched some Christmas classics.  (“Classics” that I remember going to see in the theatre three times in the fourth grade.)

All of my Christmas shopping is finished – whew!  Most of the wrapping is as well.  I have a few more things to make and wrap.  Still can’t remember what I did before Pinterest.

I have decided to take down my Etsy shop indefinitely.  It’s been a mostly discouraging endeavor.  I will continue to post pictures of what I make and if you would like to buy one, please comment or @ me on Twitter and we will discuss.:)

In happier news, tonight Ryan and I are going on a magical Christmasy date to the Opryland Hotel (along with everyone else in middle Tennessee, no doubt – good thing I enjoy crowds).  I am very excited to walk around under all of the lights, eat a fancy meal and wear something pretty.  We’ve needed this for awhile!

Happy weekend!

Our Christmas Season So Far

I came up with a “25 Days of Christmas” for Ryan and me to do starting a little early and ending the day before we leave for our Christmas vacation with our parents.  Some of the daily activities are no big deal, but the point is that we’ll at least do something little and fun each day.

(Speaking of something little and fun.)

On Monday, we decorated our tree and living room.

On Tuesday, we watched “Elf,” and on Wednesday we drank peppermint hot cocoa.  On Thursday, we watched the corny old claymation movie “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”  I hadn’t realized that Ryan had never seen it!  It was fun to introduce him to it.  On Friday night, we met up with some friends for Starbucks holiday drinks – my choice was a peppermint mocha, as always!

Yesterday, a friend and I went to the Porter Flea, which is an oh-my-gosh amazing art market held in Marathon Village downtown.  I snagged some Christmas presents and a couple of new prints for our home.

Then we came home and had a red velvet cheesecake I’d made!

Today, Ryan and I are heading out to do some more Christmas shopping and begin wrapping our gifts.  I’m so excited!  If we can’t have Christmasy weather here in the South, at least we can do our part to get ourselves into a festive spirit for this exciting time of year.

Of course, we are blessed to know and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas – the best news of all.

(Print by local artist Jude Landry, bought at Porter Flea.)

New Owls in the Etsy Shop

Hi all!  I’ve added some more owls to my Etsy shop – mostly Christmasy ones and even some little ornament minis :o)  There are also a couple of cute banners in there, so check it out!  Thanks!

Thanksgiving 2012 Photo Extravaganza

Ryan and I just got back from spending Thanksgiving with my family in St. Louis (well, most of them – missed you tons, Mary and Josh!).  We had a great time!  Here are some photos to prove it:) (They’re all SOOC, as these days it’s a triumph in itself for me to simply import and upload the photos – let alone edit them.  Ha!)

(My wonderful, priceless grandparents who host every year!)

(My BFF Josey)

(Grandma, Yemma and Aunt Lisa)

I couldn’t help but take to the leafy outdoors and make myself a foliage crown, then spin around like the ridiculous girl I am.  (That would be my dress billowing as I spin – let’s not start any rumors!)

I love my Pi and Gra!!

On Saturday, a few of us went to Historic St. Charles to see Main Street all decked out in its traditional Dickens style.  We couldn’t help but do a little shopping.  It was a blast!

(Tinsmith making ornaments inside a shop)

(I call him Dumbledore Santa)

Such a trooper.

I’m very thankful to have had this special time with family.

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