Life Lately

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  1. Christmas Day came and went, but our home is holding onto Christmas until January 25th. We aren’t exactly sure what we will do that day, or if we will both be working. But, we are going to extend the merriment through another month and then we’ll move on to Valentine’s Day. We learned a lot of lessons this season. Like:
    • Move up Halloween. I love it, but not as much as I love Christmas, and it’s impossible to cram all of Christmas into two months (since I start in November).
    • Start Christmas shopping loooong before December first. That way, you’re not somehow finding yourself at Target and GameStop on Christmas Eve.
    • If you’re a planner, make the plans. Even if your families aren’t great at making plans or communicating, do it anyway. Be the annoying family member that makes everyone plan it out. That way, you won’t be scrambling around the week before wondering who is bring what, to where, and when.
    • Think it through. We are already trying to strategically think about how we should do 2018’s Christmas, since his family is all about early Christmas morning festivities, and it’s less important to my family to have an actual Christmas morning. So, maybe next year we will flip the order around so that we can have the best time with everyone, and not feel rushed.
    • Don’t plan to make a wild recipe for the very first time on Christmas, because it might be awful, and then you’ve wasted that valuable time that you could have been making something else.  I found a 7 Layer Salmon Dip recipe on Bon Appetit, and it looked beautiful and sounded amazing. But, it was a little much.  And by a little, I mean that it had horseradish, capers, red onion, cream cheese, two pounds of salmon, radishes, and green onions. It was…powerful, and we all would have rather just had the salmon.
    • Relax. It’s Christmas.
  2. We’ve been checking things off of my list, and there’s a few that I imagine we just won’t be able to get to. But, hopefully next year we won’t find ourselves in a hospital at any point, and we will both be in positions where we will be able to get more out of the season since we won’t be as exhausted. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset
  3. I made Christmas cards, but never sent them. Oh, that’s another lesson. Make Christmas cards in September, and have the envelopes addressed and ready to go so that all I have to do is just write a message.
  4. We are getting a puppy this week! His name is going to be George, like George Bailey from It’s A Wonderful Life, and George Weasley, and George, like the dog my grandparents used to have. We hope that he gets along with James, because this puppy is amazing and he belongs in our family.
  5. I had a very Julia Child Christmas. I have books to read about her, and videos of her cooking show! I’m finding myself more and more excited for sunny, spring days where I can bake fruity pies with my new Four and Twenty Blackbirds cookbook. And I’m excited for the stormy, spring days where I can curl up with George and James, while listening to Julia laughing to herself in her kitchen.
  6. I received a vintage sewing machine that is set in a beautiful table. Now I just have to learn how to sew.
  7. Trey and I went to a local church’s candlelight Christmas service with his family, and I found myself crying my way through Christmas carols. It’s been a hard, hard year. We moved back to Alabama, we worked hard in our jobs and we worked hard towards our goals. We had friends get married, and friends get pregnant. My grandfather passed away. Trey was in the hospital, and is still recovering. We’re stronger than we’ve ever been, but it has been a very hard year. We have high hopes for 2018.Processed with VSCO with a6 preset
  8. We are quietly brainstorming ideas for our new year’s resolutions, and I’m sure I’ll share those here soon.
  9. James is asleep next to me while It’s A Wonderful Life plays in the background. I have work in a couple of hours, but all I want to do is sit right here, under a mountain of blankets, with a cup of hot chocolate and my new books.
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