Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 2010.

Our Christmas was simple.
it was sweet.
laid back.
and meaningful.
full of tradition
and friends,
good food,
and memories.

We started the day sitting around the fire..

on the laptop.

pondering that magical day, so long ago...

we devoured homemade cinnamon globs [more on that later...]

and drank mimosas.

We had lunch with dear friends,
and came home in time for a nap & a movie.

We woke up the next morning to a winter wonderland.

7-8 inches of snow fell overnight and throughout the day.

We spent the day wrapped up in blankets "fishing" and "duck hunting" on the wii.
We laid low and enjoyed time off, together.

Although there is nothing like being home for the holidays,
we rejoice in our "family" here.
Our quaint Christmas was a nice change of pace,
and during this busy season,
it's just what we needed.

We eagerly await our trip to MI next week,
to celebrate and reunite with those we love.

Counting down the minutes till I can wrap my arms around my nephews,
smoother my family with love,
and see our dear friends.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

let it snow.

I love weekends off together.

Christmas tree purchased and decorated.
Christmas carols sung.
Warm chili eaten.
The Polar Express watched.


Just like home.

it was enjoyed, by all.

it's [finally] beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Friday, December 3, 2010

December two.

Yesterday was an amazing day.
I finally got back to the gym after a time away, spent the day with K, my 18th month old little buddy, went for a walk and enjoyed a day off from work!

AND, last night...
There is a couple that we've become quite close with.
They are from the midwest [chicago to be exact]
Shannon works at the same school as Jim.
They're hilarious.
and they love our dog..
[a huge bonus]

December two is Shannon's birthday as well.
The guys planned a surprise hurrah for us.
It was a riot!
[birthday girls.]

Although the night didn't go exactly as planned...
[the outdoor ice-skating rink was made out of plywood and plastic!]
dinner was incredible and the company divine!

and the dessert was so, so good.

It was the perfect way to kick-off another year.

[and check our adoption blog for one of the best birthday gifts, yet!]