Christmas Pictures

Friday, December 19, 2014

With our third Christmas coming up, we decided to get our bums in gear and make our first Christmas card! Well actually, his family was going to take pictures over Thanksgiving, and my family was too, so we figured between the two families we would find a picture we could use...then his family cancelled, and my family's photographer was going to be out of town, so that plan backfired majorly. But we still wanted our card, so we decided we were cool enough to take our own Christmas pictures!

We wanted to take pictures at a Christmas tree farm, so we could take some pictures while getting our tree and all that...but funny story, Rexburg doesn't have any Christmas tree farms! But we didn't know that until we pulled up at this "farm" that sells the pine trees for we might have done a little trespassing, but it's worth it right? I'll tell you the whole story about the tree a little later...

I am so so lucky to have talented friends like Ella to take such wonderful pictures for us!

See if you can guess which picture we used for our card...

Well...did you guess right?? Here is the card...

Merry Christmas to you all! I hope it comes with love, laughter, health and hapiness!

Thanksgiving Break

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Who wants to hear about our adventure of a break? No one? Well too bad, because here it comes...
So our disaster of a car lately has gotten in the way of traveling, luckily Keegan is a sweetheart and allowed us to drive his car to Spokane to spend the break with my family!

So my husband, my sisters, and I packed ourselves up and headed out on the seemingly clear road... yeah, that only lasted about 20 minutes. Then the snow started, and literally didn't stop. We were lucky to be going over 40 mph and the entire time the car was trying very hard to slip off the road. By the time we reached Missoula, Montana (a trip that should have been 4 hours but ended up twice as long) it was getting very late, and the snow had NOT STOPPED once! We stopped for some quick food and gas, when we ran into 3 different cars of people coming from the direction we were headed that all said they had barely made it through an even worse storm and urged us to avoid finishing that night.

We called my dad for some advise...and he (as well as we) felt they were right and it would be best to wait to storm out and head home in the day light. Luckily my dad had a lot of hotel points saved up from work and got us a room at a nearby hotel. We got as much sleep as we could, took advantage of the hot breakfast, then hit the road. There was a LOT of slush on the roads through the passes, which was kind of slick, but not nearly as bad as the constant downfall of snow we had experienced the night before. So, long story short, we made it!

The weekend was magical. It involved a lot baked goods, even more fancy cheese, and a Harry Potter marathon. And of course...the Thanksgiving feast. What is more important than taking time to reflect on all we have to be grateful for?? I for one am thankful for my family, the time we spent together, and the yummy food we had to eat!

Now, my family is not a huge fan of Black Friday shopping, like at all. We had planned to go cut down my parents' tree on Black Friday and go to a movie on Saturday, but it started raining on Friday so we ended up at the the mall...downtown...Black kind of set itself up. So we figured we might as well hit a few sales since we were already there ;) It was a fun, unexpected twist that helped make a small dent in the Christmas shopping!

Early the next morning Kirby and I were able to attend a session at the temple with my parents. This was the first time that we have been able to go to this particular temple since our wedding, it holds such a special place in my heart. So after the temple, the sunny day made our trip to the tree farm perfect...and we definitely found them the perfect tree! Tree hunting is my favorite part of the Christmas prep.

Once we brought the tree home it was time for Christmas crafting and Christmas movies!

Talk about the perfect weekend. I sure have a wonderful family!

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