Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas 2011

Hey blog friends! Wow, time has gone by fast. I've been thinking about Christmas the last few days, and I wanted to give a bit of a review. I don't remember everything I did last Christmas, and I don't want that to happen this year. ;)

This year, I had one of the busiest Christmas weekends in a long time. We celebrated the holiday with Bill's family on Friday by having dinner together and exchanging gifts after. Everyone has one person that they buy a couple of presents for each year. It's kind of fun getting a different person each year to buy for. Plus, it's less overwhelming to get a present for one person rather than the whole family. Bill has a lot of family members, and they're is two more on the way. There's a lot going on, and it's definitely an exciting time. The next day we celebrated Christmas eve with my mom's boyfriend's family. Also, we went to my dad's on Christmas day and had a good time hanging out together. It was busier than probably any Christmas I've had before, but that's OK. That's why I looked forward to this weekend the most. Where I could stay home and bake and relax.

Bill and I don't have big plans for New Years, and I actually don't mind this year. We'll probably stay home, cook and bake, and hang out with family. It's going to be a good new years! What are your plans?


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas time is here...

Family Christmas Tree.

I've almost finished buying presents for everyone this year, and I'm so excited I won't be shopping on Christmas Eve this year. I've bought presents the day before Christmas on many occasions, because I can't stand all the traffic and lack of parking spaces throughout December. :(

Bill putting together our new book shelf. :)

My brother Phil hanging out in the living room.

This Christmas will be different than most not including the fact that I didn't procrastinate buying presents. This year, I have so many new changes that I'm anticipating. Some I'm welcoming with open arms and others I am not. I cannot wait to get married and celebrate me and Bill's marriage. It's going to be wonderful! The change I'm not so sure about? My dad is leaving for Afghanistan to work as a contractor. Fortunately, he will be at our wedding and see me get married, but I know there will be a time of adjustment. It really will take a lot of prayer and will power not to worry about him, but I know my trust in God will grow from this experience. Who knows, maybe this job will be a great opportunity for him? I think so...

Other than that, things around here are pretty much the same. I'm loving the time I have with my brother and sister during the holidays. It's been a while since we've all been home and been able to spend this much time together. I'm hoping we can all go out to see a movie sometime soon such as this one,  or this one. Tonight, we all went out to Houlihans with Bill, and we spent a couple of hours talking about movies, plans for Christmas, and the wedding. I realized how much I have to be thankful for in my life. I'm blessed with people who truly care about me, and I couldn't be more happy about that.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Week

This weekend was awesome. My dress fitting went really well. It fits like a glove, and I am thrilled that I found a veil that I adore. :) So, now my dress, veil, flip flops, and instructions for my busel are all in one bag. Perfect. The wedding excitement didn't really end there.

Bill's sisters and his younger brother's girlfriend Colleen took me on an outing on Saturday, and we watched New Year's Eve together at a theater where you can order dinner and watch a movie. I loved it! Now that it's Sunday, I wish the weekend was few days longer. I have a few more people to buy Christmas presents for this year. Plus there are a few things that I want to do this week to make the most of December like drink hot chocolate and watch Polar Express, bake Christmas cookies, and dress up for a fancy dinner. :)

What's on your list for this week?


Friday, December 16, 2011

Last fitting for my dress.

I'm so happy that the weekend is here! Maybe, even more than I usually am most weeks. I have my last fitting for my wedding dress after work. I can't wait to try it on and find out what the finished product looks like! I'm also picking up my flip flops and my veil tomorrow. I am in love with this veil. I know it is going to feel awesome to have my whole wedding outfit picked out and ready! I have goose bumps thinking about how close the wedding is from today. :)

 I love that polka dot veil too.

Bill is also picking out his wedding attire this weekend. Fingers crossed that we find something good. I think I want his groomsmen to wear yellow shirts, but I'm leaving it up to him for the most part. Other than picking up wedding attire, I am having a pretty mellow weekend. Just the way I like it. Bill's sisters have a fun outing planned on Saturday night with me and Bill's younger brother's girlfriend. I'm looking forward to dressing up a little and having a good night with them. The rest of the weekend, I am organizing and working out. Life feels like it is in fast forward to the wedding. It's amazing how fast time is going.

I think I about panicked when I realized that next week is Christmas!

Here are few links to brighten your Friday:

Cutest Cupcakes I've found (in a while)

The cutest pregnancy photo...ever! A cute idea for Bill's sisters. :)

Anything Beach gets me in a good mood.

Ideas for a Pink Outfit to throw together!

I want to curl up here and read a book.

Fingerprint Heart Necklace... Easy enough to make.

What a fun idea for Christmas Decor.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Wish List

I feel like a major slacker, since I didn't post this yesterday. Anyways, some of you may know, I did my first guest post at Leah's blog, An Oridnary Fairytale. You can read about it here. I brainstormed a few things on my wish list that I would love to get this year. Hope you enjoy it! I love Leah's blog-she always post something really engaging. Go check her blog out. :)

What's to come later this week:

+ Thoughts on packing & moving in general.
+ Move in purchases.
+ Christmas plans!
+ What I've been baking.
+ Thoughts on weight lifting, yoga, & running.


(Image via: WeHeartIt)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Treats

When I was younger, my family and I would go to Colorado almost twice a year. We would visit my mom's best friend from elementary school who lives near Denver. She has kids around me and my brother and sister's age, and we always had so much fun hanging out with them. I loved going there during Christmas. We would decorate their house, and they always had this massive tree in their living room that I completely enjoyed.

One of my favorites things that we did was making sugar cookies made with spelt and decorating them with sprinkles and frosting. This year, I want to make some of the same cookies-you have to try making cookies with spelt flour. It tastes amazing! I'm also going to try and bake a few things that I haven't before like the Candy Cane Swirl Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Bark, Brownie Petit Fours, and Candy Cane Blossoms pictured above. :) What are your favorite things to make this time of the year?


Thursday, December 8, 2011

At Christmas You Tell the Truth.

Hello friends! What are your plans for the weekend? I'm planning on watching Love Actually at least once this weekend. :) I watched it a few weeks ago, and it always gets me in the mood for Christmas! Bill and I are also doing our Christmas shopping. Each person in his family buys for one other person, but no one knows who has their name before the party so we'll buy our presents for our secret person this weekend. Other than that, I'm going to relax, work out, and take a few naps.

Is it sad that I'm excited about having the time to take a nap? I guess that's OK. :) These past couple of weeks have been kind of stressful for me with different things to think about and decisions to make before the wedding. I kind of let the stress get to me. I think it happens to everyone even if you're having a small wedding-like us. Anyways, I'm looking forward to a low key kind of weekend. I hope you enjoy what you have planned as well!



This week has been super hectic. I can't believe how long it's been since I last updated, but I guess that's what happens when I have something going on almost every night. I'm not complaining really. It's a good kind of busy filled with wedding planning, house decorating, packing up all my possessions (FYI, you never realize how much you own until you have to move it all), and other things that take up a lot of my time. Last night, I felt really good after I met with my trainer  who happens to be one of my good friend's mom. It feels good to work out hard. I've been focusing on weight training like I've never have.

After I work out today, Bill and I are going to do a little shopping. Hopefully, we'll get a Christmas tree. ;) We really haven't decorated for Christmas yet, and I feel like it's sneaking up on me this year. With all the other things I'm thinking about, it doesn't surprise me though. Have you decorated for the holidays yet? What's your favorite thing to do?

Happy Thursday!