christmas eve

December 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

We enjoyed waffles this morning from John Besh’s My Family Table. (THANKS Granaghans!) And will probably be lounging around the fire today, staying clear of the cold, wet weather. Although Taylor did unexpectedly inform me over the waffles this morning that his plans for the day include color coordinating his closet. I’ve always admired his ambition.

I just enjoyed a girl’s trip to New York! Not only was it a fun time with family but I got to see some great shows and see two of my best friends while I was there!

Making some time for traditional Christmas treat decorating was a must.

Merry Christmas!



December 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

Happy Sunday.

battening down the hatches

December 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

I love the goodies, the fires, the warm, snuggly socks and cozy blankets this time of year. I love the music, the advent traditions, finding gifts for loved ones and sipping warm drinks.

I do not, however, love the cold.

This is our tree. I got a slim one for our apartment and in this larger space it looks a little, well, slim. But it will do and it even has presents!

Can’t beat big weekend breakfasts. This morning we had waffles from the old school waffle iron and after only the second attempt at learning how to use this thing, I’m proud to announce that they were perfect. I’m also proud to announce, again, that I’m a huge fan of cast iron. This thing was 20 bucks, makes killer waffles and doesn’t take up loads of space like a clunky machine would. Plus I can take it with us next time we go native. Winning.

First fire! We need more firewood and a screen (Hi, Dad, yes, I’ll get one to be safe:)

Big nativity on the big table! This thing is so sweet and intricate, and I was thrilled to finally set it up after we got it last year, or maybe even the year before? But had no space in our yurt of an apartment.

Who says we need children to do a kid-friendly advent calendar? Apparently the little drummer boy and palm trees were present at the manger scene.

…And by children I meant human children, of course. Sorry PennyGirl, don’t be offended. We will make it a good Christmas for you, too even though you can’t help with the Advent calendar. You can help leave treats for Santa’s reindeer and  your Christmas present waiting for you under the tree will be {because your parents got impatient} the only gift opened in our house on Christmas morning!

Season of Advent

November 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

In case you’re not ready for Christmas decor, Eater has done a fantastic as well as hilarious Thanksgiving Magazine Smackdown.

But in case you are, I’ve been reading a bunch of articles on this page about the Advent season as well as the deep meaning and purpose behind the Jesse Tree tradition, which tells the story of the Old Testament, enabling us to reflect upon,

“the continuity of God’s love, patience, and grace across the centuries to the most unlikely people in the midst of their failures should be the focus, which climaxes in the Incarnation.”

This article goes on to explain how and why the Advent season is one of both reflection and hope because God has been continually faithful to and a deliverer of his people, and the birth of Son from the most humble and unlikely place is the ultimate revelation of his grace and faithfulness. And so

“We hope, not in our circumstances, but in God. He has continually, over the span of four thousand years, revealed himself to be a God of newness, of possibility, of redemption, the recovery or transformation of possibility from endings.”

I didn’t expect to be but I’m really excited about decorating our house for Christmas for the first time. So far I’m making myself wait until my window candles come.

I now have two advent calendars and plan to make Taylor do them with me. Hopefully we can also keep up with these Advent daily scripture readings.

I’ve been ordering a few ornaments and other knickknacks….

It’s been an exercise in self control. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

But how cute are those nesting dolls?!

Hope to be less M.I.A! Stay tuned for decor pics.

advent calendar quest

December 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

I was on a quest for a good advent calendar, so I saved these all season. We had one growing up with felt pockets where we would retrieve chocolate treats and a piece of the little wooden nativity to slowly build it up until baby Jesus came…

So I wanted one where treats could be stored, but I also liked the idea of slowly creating a nativity scene.

hover over for credits. many are from here.

Below is the one I just ordered. It’s cute and fits the nativity building bill. Maybe I can stuff some Hershey kisses in there too.

For fun and larger treat stowing capabilities, I may make one next year, similar to the little socking or bucket ones above. Or I may look for an old European type wood one with little doors.

…and next up on my Christmas wishlist…



December 23, 2010 § 2 Comments

I made our Christmas cards this year. Since it may be the only year I do it, and because other bloggy people are blogging about their dyi Christmases, I felt the virtual peer pressure to share. Sorry if you didn’t get one; it’s probably because you didn’t give me your address when I asked.

…or because quite honestly I ran out of stamping, cutting and twine tying steam. You’re still loved, promise.

The story begins with our house purchase and a considerable chunk of change going towards that and all it entails. So I figured sending Christmas cards was certainly an unnecessary expense that I could easily forgo.

But then I wanted to send change of address notifications. And we really did have an epic year of with a puppy acquisition, law school graduation, two summer trips and then the massive, once in a life time Bar Trip European Tour. All of which had afforded me a great Christmas card picture pool. But alas, really, unnecessary.

Then my friend, Kate, was selling cards to fund a mission trip. Really great cards and a great cause I wanted to help with! Enter, Christmas cards! However, I only bought 24 of Kate’s cards and my wish list of card recipients was much longer. I had it my head how I wanted to add to Kate’s cards to turn them in to Christmas/change of address cards and then had fun with the stamps, paper cutter, craft twine and double sided tape to easily expand my idea into a few more versions.

Yes, it was time consuming. Admittedly I’m sick of stamping and of paper scraps, but it was fun and relaxing to kick off my Christmas break doing something crafty.

Those are the actual cards. The green ones above and purple ones below are other variations I ended up with. Now if you got something different, you can see what else was cluttering our dining room table last week…

Merry Christmas!

Fashionably Bombed

December 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

what a fun blog discovery! perfect for all those holiday get togethers or just a spirited little resource for mixing up your cocktail repertoire.

mixing up! so punny.

{Fashionably Bombed.}


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