Thursday, December 20, 2012

I'll be home for Christmas

When we were young, we would always go to Grandmama's house for Christmas.  It was an ordeal and we loved all of it.  Mama and Daddy would pack up the cars (yes, two cars -- one for the kids and one for the dog and the gifts.  We never guessed that Santa's sleigh was a white mini-van.) and head down the road to Castalia, NC.  The drive was only about 15-20 minutes and when we got there, we knew it was Christmas.  There were cookies and pies and cakes all around and we were careful to be on our best bahavior and in bed early to be sure that Santa would stop by.  And of course, no matter whether we made it to bed exactly on time or not, all our gifts were beautifully arranged when we woke up on Christmas day.  Christmas was filled with Daddy finding batteries for our toys, lots of playing, visiting Grandma and Pa in the years that they were with us, and then heading back home. 
 
Bryce and I have never spent Christmas together and I am so excited to get to do that this year.  And this weekend we begin all the festivities with a bang.  Looking forward so much for Christmas and New Year - for time to spend with family, to reflect on the birth of our Savior, and just to take some time to relax. 
 
 
 
Merry Christmas, y'all!
 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Getting ready for Christmas

Confession:  I like arts and crafts.  I really like making things that are pretty and special that I will be able to use or give away to others.  But I have been so busy lately, that my crafting has become almost non-existent.  I recently re-activated my pinterest account though, and wanted to try a few easy projects just in time for Christmas so I made some special filled glass ornaments for our tree.  (We don't have a tree this Christmas since there's not room in our living room now, but I fully intend on buying lots of fun decorations on December 26 this year...)  Until then though,  little beauties are filling bowls around our apartment:
 
OUR WEDDING INVITATION:
Both of these projects took about 10 minutes each.  For this one, I just used a simple paper cutter to cut straight, thin strips from our wedding invitation.  Because they were printed on heavy cardstock, the curls were really easy - I just wrapped each strip around an ink pen and tucked it in the ornament.  I love the way you can see bits and pieces from our special day.

SAND FROM CANCUN: 
This one is just as straight-forward as it sounds:  I dumped sand from our honeymoon in Cancun into an ornament and sealed off the top.  I love it. 
 
I have every intention of adding some ribbon and a little more glitz to each of these in the days to come, but for now, I'm just happy to have made a new craft. 

A NEW CHRISTMAS WREATH:

I don't think it's a secret that I didn't make this. This was actually a gift to us from one of my co-workers and it's real. I love it and wish I could make it stay as beautiful as it is now for the years to come.
Seems strange that Christmas is just over a week away.
Merry Christmas from us to you!
Love,
Mrs. C


Thursday, December 13, 2012

A big, comfy couch

If you've been in any of my living rooms since Christmas 2009, you've seen this little gem:
 
I got this loveseat kind of on a whim after seeing it listed on Craigslist for just $25.  It was in Chapel Hill, I was in Chapel Hill and planning to go to grad school after graduation, thought I might need a couch and had access to a truck since Ruthanne's then boyfriend (now husband) was visiting. 
 
Three years later, and I still really love that couch.  It was the first piece of furniture I ever bought, and I'm happy to say we still use it. 
 
At the end of the day though, it's still just a loveseat.  It is really too short to take a good nap on.  We needed wanted to get a couch.  A big, neutral colored (as to match the beauty above), in good enough shape to use at least as long as the loveseat, doesn't cost an arm and a leg, couch. 
 
And so, after much searching, we are happy to have added a new little gem to our home -- a great big, Bryce can stretch out and still have room on it, neutral colored, comfy, couch. 
Before.


After.
Welcome home, little couch.
 
 

Monday, December 3, 2012

About this whole blogging thing...

I am just not very good at keeping up with this thing.  I've been doing some work on it though (notice the new, more fun background and layout), and I'm hoping to at least do updates every once and a while with the fun things we are doing these days. 

The truth is, we do really fun things.  We have a really great family and we have really great friends.  I just forget to write about all of it. 

So there it is, I know I've made the promise a hundred at least three times in this blog about being more consistent with it, so I'm not making any new promises here.  But after some fun adventures lately, and the Thanksgiving holiday we just had and Christmas and New Year coming up, the blog is on my mind.  So hopefully, I'll be posting more often. 

We'll see...

Until next time,
MLC