Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Festivus Family Fun

Last night, we had a "Festivus" dinner at our house. Zach's family came over and we ate and exchanged a few gifts. It wasn't the typical Festivus gathering, as there were no "Airing of Grievances" or "Feats of Strength," but we did watch the Festivus episode of Seinfeld. The food was great, if I do say so myself, and we all had a great time with each other. I posted a few pics of the night. Some are of Ella opening presents with everyone (my favorite is the one of her and Uncle Zach- so sweet!) and the last one is Daisy meeting Ella for the first time. 

Friday, December 19, 2008

Getting Ready for Christmas

I just enjoyed my last two vacation days of the year at home. I got a lot accomplished around the house, baked a little and wrapped most of our Christmas gifts. On Wednesday, my mother-in-law, Helen, came over and we took her out to lunch and then spent most of the afternoon re-covering our dining room chairs. All the work was worth it though- they look beautiful!! Thank you, Helen, for all your help!

On Thursday, we had lunch with Zach's dad, Gordon. After we got back home, I tackled the guest room (better known as our "junk room.") Zach tried to work during the day, but I think I bothered him at times. After I finished cleaning, I was bored and wanted someone to talk to besides Daisy! In other words, I don't think it would ever work out if I stayed at home too!

Going back to work on Friday was a little disappointing, but the day is going by really fast so far, and the weekend will be here soon! We're having a get-together with some of my family on Saturday night, so our Christmas festivities are beginning! This Sunday is our church choir Christmas concert and I am so excited about it! It will be a great feeling to see/hear all of our hard work pay off!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Great Weekend!

We had a really busy, but great weekend! On Friday night, Zach worked at the city park during the parade for Kiwanis. After the parade, we went to the Johnston's house (our Sunday School teacher at church) and had dinner and played "Dirty Santa." It was actually a "White Elephant" party, meaning each couple brought something from their house that we didn't want around for another year. Since we haven't really been married long enough to accumulate "junk," we brought a duplicate wedding gift that we had. I think the couple that ended up with it were pretty happy too! Haha...We heard on Sunday that we had missed the karaoke that took place after many couples left, so we were a little disappointed about missing that show!

On Saturday, we made a trip to Chattanooga and went shopping with Zach's mom. We went to a cute little fabric store in town where we found the perfect fabric for our dining room chairs! She's coming over to help us re-cover them on one of my days off this week! After Chattanooga, we went to my Nationwide (work) party, and enjoyed great food at Canyon Grill. Sunday was busy as usual, but Sunday School and church were great (especially the music!), and then after relaxing during the afternoon, we shopped a little that night. Zach found exactly what I had wanted for Christmas! As soon as we got home, he set up my new jewelry armoire for me and then I got to fill it up! We decided to just buy each other something that we pick out. That way, we won't have any surprises- good or bad! Just kidding!

I'm really enjoying decorating the house for Christmas! We're planning on having Zach's family over for a "Festivus" party on the 23rd...which will likely just consist of dinner, but we'll see if he has any plans that I'm not aware of yet.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

So Many Christmas Parties, So Little Time!

Zach and I have a really busy schedule ahead of us in December, but we're really looking forward to all of our Christmas get-togethers. Last night, I went to our Christian Women Christmas party and we had thirty women there! We had a great time playing "Dirty Santa," even though I didn't get the gift I wanted at first. I ended up with a cute set of Fitz & Floyd Christmas salt and pepper shakers, so I was happy. Tonight, we're having to make a trip to Wal-Mart, so that will probably take up the whole night. Wednesday night, I have choir rehearsal for our Christmas Chorale, then Thursday night we have our Bunco Couple's Christmas party. I have officially been nominated to be in the Bunco group (haha!), so I'll get to enjoy that every month now! On Friday night, we have our Sunday School class's Christmas party, then on Saturday is our Nationwide party. We're going to Canyon Grill, so we're both looking forward to that!

Next week, I'm taking the two days off that I have left and using them to straighten up the house and enjoy some much needed relaxation. The week after that is Christmas and I can't wait for it! I love Christmas time and getting to spend it with family!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Let It Snow!

I woke up Monday morning to go back to work (unfortunately), and could not believe it when I looked outside. Our back deck was covered with a layer of snow! We went outside for a little while to enjoy it...except for Daisy. She doesn't like the rain or, apparently, the snow either. I put her coat on her (don't laugh), and she still wouldn't go outside for a long time. Cosmo was definitely enjoying it though! Snow fell all morning and then melted away really fast. It was beautiful while it lasted though.

Decorating for Christmas

As soon as I got home from shopping Friday, Zach and I left the house to get our Christmas tree. I've never really been a fan of having a real tree, but it really does make the house smell like Christmas. There were so many gorgeous ones to choose from, but I think we picked the best one. Instead of catching up on my sleep when we got back home, I took advantage of my day off and decorated the house for Christmas. It was so much fun decorating our own house together this year! Zach set up the tree while I placed everything on our dining room table and china cabinet. I had to hang our stockings on the china cabinet for now, as you can see from the first picture, but they had to go somewhere! Zach picked out a beautiful poinsettia for our table and it really brightens up the house! We also got a real wreath for the front door, so we're ready for Christmas now!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Early Morning Shopping

This is the first year that I decided to get up early and hit the After-Thanksgiving sales. I had thought that I would have gotten up early and it not really have been worth my while, but it definitely was! My mom and her best friend Debbie have been shopping early on Black Friday every year since I was little and they've asked me to go every time. I thought this would be a good year to start, since we could always use more things around the house...and I could always use more clothes/shoes/purses!

I woke up a little before 4 and was in the door at Wal-Mart at 4:45. I would highly recommend avoiding Wal-Mart that day if you don't like crowds. I did find some really good deals there, so it was all worth it. After hitting a few more stores in Fort Payne, we ate breakfast and then headed to Gadsden mall. I was really happy that I made myself get up that day- Zach was too, since I "saved" us so much money.

Our "First" Thanksgiving

This was our first Thanksgiving as husband and wife and we enjoyed it so much! First, we went to Zach's mom's in Chattanooga for lunch, then had a later lunch with my family, then on to Aunt Gail's to spend time with Zach's dad and Grandma. We ended up having my family over at our house this year for the first time, and we hope to have Zach's family over for Christmas. The first picture is from Zach's mom's, the second is at our house (though the table is not full yet- everyone else was still filling their plates at the bar!), and the third is a pic I took of "Daddy" and Daisy. Aside from being stuffed from eating three big traditional meals, we had such a great time getting to spend the day with family. We have so much to be thankful for, and even more this year! As much as we are all blessed, we should have "Thanksgiving Day" every day!
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