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Entries in Christmas (5)


Holiday Snapshots

What equals a perfect holiday? Time for some Christmas math...

Cold Weather (FINALLY!) + Toy Story 3 + Pomegranate Martinis + Mexican Food +
My AWESOME In-Laws & Brother & Sister-in-Law + Lots of Naps + Roaring Fire + Watching the Doggies Play & Nap + Homemade Fudge + Awesome Presents from Santa + Crazy Chinese Gift Exchange + PIE! + Silly Antler Hats + My Sweet Hubs = Super Fab Christmas.

The only thing missing was my parents, brother and sis in law, and my side of the family. I am so blessed to have so many people I love in my life.
I hope your holiday was full of yummy food, loved ones and fun.


P.S. No outfits of the day over the holiday...I pretty much wore yoga pants, my fave Gap boyfriend sweater and no makeup the entire weekend. Not exactly OOTD material.


What a Rebel

Husband and I had our Christmas date tonight. We spent the evening just the two of us, opened our presents to each other and went for a romantic sushi dinner. And Husband got me the King of all Christmas presents, a Canon Rebel T2i!!! SQUEEEE! I am so excited! I have already been running all over the house taking shots of anything that would hold still-especially the pets. (BTW, the dooger is Calvin and the kitty is Ellie Mae.) Check out some of my first practice shots. I can't wait to learn how to use all the features and fun manual modes. Thank you, thank you honey bunny- best present ever!!



Its beginning to look a lot like cheese sauce


Tons of Christmas cards in the mail.
Especially the ones with cute babies all over them.

Spending the evening with the Hubs' parents drinking wine, cooking and chatting.

 Flank Steak with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce. I could seriously drink this sauce...

The HUGE Sale at Anthropologie right now. This & this now live at my house.

All our old ornaments and stockings from when we were little.
And then Hubs telling stories about when he was little- he tells the best stories. 

Mixing Patterns.

Our first married Christmas. 


Moustaches, Allergies & Christmas Trees & (30 for 30 Day 19)

I think I'm allergic to my vest. Which is weird cause its faux. But everytime I wear it I need an extra Allegra (but I love it, so whatever. I'll just dope up.) Anywho, December is here, which means the hubs and I headed out to get our first married Christmas Tree. We bought a fake one last year, because our allergies are so bad, but the house just didn't smell like Christams so we decided to get a real one anyway. And just take more Allegra. (Are you sensing a theme here? Yes, I am allergic to EVERYTHING.) I looked for a farm in our area to no avail, so off to Home Depot we went. Geoff was so excited about how good all the lovely little trees smelled. I even took a picture of him smelling them. So dorky. And then we celebrated our haul with Mexican food and margaritas. Not a bad little holiday date night of I do say so myself.

So here is what I wore for the Christmas tree hunt. Luckily we found a giant tree for me to pose in front of earlier in the day. (So the post has a theme-Pretty clever, huh? Ok. Maybe not.) This outfit came together by grabbing several things I haven't worn in my remix in a while, piling them on, and hoping I don't look dumb. I actually like how it came out- especially the world's longest socks bunched up over skinny jeans. Only 11 more looks to go...

And last but not least...No more Moustache!! YAY! Movember is over and the hubs' face has returned to its normal (creepy-moustache-free) state. He raised $578 & his team raised $1474 for men's cancer charities. Thank you to all who donated & for all the guys that dontaed their upper lips for a month. I am so proud of my baby!


My (Grown-Up) Christmas List

Why is it a "grown-up" list you are wondering? Well, because I am feeling more like an actual grown-up everyday. The hubs (OMG, I'm married- that's really adult, right?) and I are on house hunting-and only grown-ups are allowed to buy their very own houses. And I have a sander on my wish list. What bratty teenager in their right mind would want power tools for Christmas? Yes, this is another clue to my adulthood, people. I am so pumped to use it to do some furniture refinishing.

Just so you know, this is an imaginary Christmas list-We had our awesome wedding this year and Geoff and I are saving our pennies for our new home, so it will be a lovely but small holiday. I just can't wait to eat too  much, bake with my mom, hug my family and take lots of naps.

Happy Friday lovelies. I will be back with my 30 for 30 outfit post later today. My camera battery died so no uploading till it charges. Whoops.