Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope all your holidays were blessed and spent with your love ones. Rob and I were so lucky to fly to Dallas and spend the day with my family. It was the perfect little day trip.

We kept our Christmas decorations minimum since I was working like crazy and wouldn't be home on Christmas Day. We haven't had a day off together since we put up our tree! I decided to go with Kraft paper as my wrapping paper, carrying over my Thanksgiving theme. I love the thought of being in a cabin in the woods for the holidays, so I used plaid ribbon. 

I really enjoyed personalizing each present by stamps and drawing on the paper. I used white Sharpie pens. I tried using white ink for stamps but that did not work out. So I stuck with green and red ink.

It was so easy traveling on Christmas Day. There was no line for security. And what better way to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas then flying the in the sky He created.

We had a lovely breakfast waiting for us when we arrived to my parents'. Then we went opened our presents and found the pickle. Have you heard of the Germany tradition? It is one of my favorite traditions. Someone hides a pickle ornament in the tree and then the first to find it gets the first Christmas present! Since we weren't there for Christmas Eve, they waited to did it on Christmas. Hayden won, which is her first time to win in many years! We then watched The Heat and Grant and I played a mean game of Monopoly. Then we all stuffed ourselves with amazing prime rib. So good to be around family.

Now it's almost time to ring in the new year. I can't believe all that has happened in 2013. What are your New Year Resolutions going to be?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thanksgiving with The Harrisons

I am still re-living our wonderful Thanksgiving. It was our first Thanksgiving to host and it was so much better than I imagined. My family came in town and spent the day with us. My sister's boyfriend came too. It is so sweet to see young love!

I went for a Kraft paper decoration theme. I saw these placemats on Pinterest and had to make them. It's simply a rectangle of Kraft paper and a white sharpie pen you can find at any craft store. That's exactly how I made my 'give thanks' banner. I had everyone write what they were thankful for and we went around the table sharing. 

Our whole spread was paleo. It was so nice to stuff our bellies full and know it was all healthy for us. The cranberry sauce was amazing; and not full of sugar! 

After our feast the whole gang went to the Riverwalk. Unfortunately the Christmas lights weren't on yet. They had the lighting festival the next night!

I hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving!