Showing posts with label christmas 2014. Show all posts
Showing posts with label christmas 2014. Show all posts

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Morning 2014

This Christmas was really memorable. We had our old traditions like going to church at my parents, but it was also filled with new ones like throwing out reindeer food for Rudolph. I think the most important thing though was that we spent a lot of time with family, which is always the most important thing to me during the holidays. 

Our big gifts this year were a food processor for Z, a cuyana bag and smoothie maker for me, and a soccer ball, sleds, and a musical guitar for Sawyer. We also got a lot of things for the new baby, which was really fun and much-needed.

(Godmother visits on Christmas morning and then checking the reindeer food)
The following days were filled with family dinners, walks with my cousin and Aunt, and one night Z went on a beer tour with my cousin and Uncle. Lots of family time, which is good because I don't think we will see a lot of my extended family until my cousin graduates in May.

I hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas! Z and I are now off to Mexico for a few days of R&R before a very busy next few months and a exciting 2015! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

5 Things: Christmas Cards and Christmas Wishes!

I can't believe how fast this week has gone! It's been busy with our respective company holiday parties, running errands to get ready for Roanoke, and finally, sending out the last of our Christmas cards. I'm ready for a relaxing next few days and the chance to sit back to enjoy this season.

1.  Thank you.
I'm pretty sure my Mom is the only one reading this blog nowadays, but thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my little blog. It's been so fun to connect with some of you and I've even made a few good friends along the way (Hi, Kate!). I don't know how much I will be posting in the next few weeks as I savor our last Christmas as a family of 3, but I did want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. 

2. 2014 Christmas Card 
The card is from Minted. They did our first Christmas card in 2011 too. 

3. Z's Holiday Party 
Last weekend was Z's holiday party and it was incredibly nice. They had a orchestra playing in the art gallery and champagne throughout the cocktail hour. It was a great night and a fun opportunity to get all dressed up and eat some good food with my guy. 

4. Holiday cards. 
I had Sawyer help me set up our Christmas cards this year. Here's Sawyer and I's artwork. We got burlap string, mini clothes pins, and removable wall stickers from Michaels and tried to make string up the cards in our dining room. I think this might be up longer than December because I love seeing my friends faces whenever we enter the room.

5.  "At Christmas all roads lead home." -Marjorie Holmes
I'm off to Roanoke this weekend to be with family and celebrate the holidays. Again, I hope everyone has a wonderful season full of family, love, and laughter. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

{Days 11 & 12} Cinnamon Bread & Gingerbread Houses

I'm really loving this holiday season and it's because Sawyer is making it so magical for us. He's always singing Christmas tunes, telling me that Santa is going to come, or pointing out lights. It's the best and I think that is why I'm really trying to maximize this holiday season with a lot of fun crafts and activities. Z and I have come to realize that this Christmas isn't about us and that's more than okay. It's now all about Sawyer experiencing the magic of the season.

To start, Sawyer and I made cinnamon bread for my bosses. Sawyer had a blast mixing, pouring, and stirring. He even broke an egg without any shell falling in, which was impressive because he broke the it by squeezing it in his fist until it splattered down into the batter.
I used this recipe and I loved how easy it was.

Then later in the week, we took some time to make a gingerbread house. Z and I have been doing this every year since we started dating, but this was the first time that Sawyer could actually participate and he absolutely loved it. He was such a champ with the icing and was such a good listener as Z showed him how to squeeze it out of the tube. Putting on the candy was a different story though. He would eat a gummy, stick a gummy, eat a gummy, stick a gummy. So our poor houses didn't have a lot of decoration on them. Oh well!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

{Day 8 & 9} Supporting Local Charities

{Day 8} To me, the holidays mean a time of giving back. I remember picking out a Angel Tree child when I was growing up and on Monday, we picked out a toy for our little child. We've been so blessed this year with our health, jobs, friends, and family that I really want this season to be a one in which we remember to give back and bless others. 

{Day 9} Our local Lions Club was having a citrus fruit sale fundraiser, so we stopped and picked up a bag. I think its so important to donate to local charities because they are the ones that are giving so many important resources to our community. I need to be better about doing this throughout the year. 

Aside from donating and giving back, I want Sawyer to learn how important it is to help and serve others. I want him to be someone who thinks of ways throughout the year to give to others and is always willing to be a helping hand. I'm still trying to figure out how to model this, but hopefully through these small acts, he'll grow up learning its importance.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ways to Celebrate the Christmas Season

The first year Z and I were married, I wanted to make special traditions that were tailored just for us. Some of those traditions have stayed-like getting a new ornament each year-and some of gone to the wayside-like eating Thai food every Christmas Eve.

Now, that we have Sawyer and he is old enough to finally "get" what Christmas is all about, we really wanted to make this holiday season fun for him. Everyday we try to celebrate in some way, shape or form. Each day isn't a big thing. One day it meant making hot chocolate and listening to a Christmas station as we put away laundry or it could be bigger things like seeing Santa or going to an exhibit. But each day, I want to make it a point that this season is special, magical, and one that involves family and Christ.

I love whenever I see other blogs and websites that give Christmas ideas and activities, so I decided to include my little list as well. Some of the things are silly, but they are little memories that are quickly becoming my favorite. Also, let me know if you do anything fun over the holidays. I always love hearing new ideas, especially if it involves little ones, and maybe I can add them into our list this year or next.

{Day 1} Bought a chocolate advent calendar.

{Day 2} Bought and decorated our Christmas tree. Can't believe this is the first year we are actually doing this! Every Christmas before we just had a little fake tree that we set up, but this is the first year we actually went for the real deal and I'm so glad we did. There isn't anything better than the smell of a real tree.

{Day 3} Took the long way home-meaning I went up and down two streets in our neighborhood before turning into ours- and we pointed out all the Christmas lights and trees. Sawyer gets so excited whenever he spots a Christmas tree before me. It's too funny.

{Day 4} Had hot cocoa and listened to Christmas tunes on pandora.

{Day 5} Read a Christmas book before bed. It was actually a really great book and I recommend it if you are looking for a good and different holiday book. It's called the Littlest Angel  and apparently its a play too.

{Day 6} Bull Run Festival of Lights. We were going to do this next weekend, but it was so rainy and cold that we decided to switch up plans and do the drive-through festival instead. It was a really fun.  You pay $15 and drive through a festival of lights for about 30 minutes. At the end you are greeted by the Holiday Village where there are smores, a bonfire, hot cocoa, and yes, Santa! Sawyer got his picture taken and hated every minute of it. Poor guy. Santa even gave him a reindeer animal and peppermint stick and he still wasn't having it. Next year!

{Day 7} Botanic Gardens Christmas display. One of my favorite things about living in DC is all the free museums and exhibits. Today, we went to check out out the train and Christmas exhibit here and it was great. I loved looking at the DC monuments that were made out of bark or plant materials and Sawyer loved the trains, especially the Thomas. A bonus is that its so warm in there, so its great on a cold and windy day.

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