This Christmas hardly felt like Christmas, at least not in the traditional way my Christmases have always felt. There was always time to clean and decorate and make everything just so. And while Will and I were able to attend every party, donned our ugly Christmas sweaters, and decked the Christmas tree with all of the ornaments, it was a different kind of Christmas this year.
We wrapped presents just two days before Christmas (which is extremely abnormal for me), we barely decorated even our living room, and the only photos I have of our tree were taken with my iPhone. Despite all of this, I recognize how much progress we have made in replacing furniture after losing everything. I recognize how much more our house feels like a home. I recognize how far our puppy has come in the month we have had her. And I recognize that we had my whole family over for Christmas Eve and it was great—and hosting people is one of the things we really want for our home.
This month we almost finished furnishing our house. We feel pretty excellent about this, considering we still have not received the insurance money for all of our losses. Our friends gifted us a mattress so we were able to assemble our bed, and the rest of our bedroom set arrived the week after Thanksgiving. Our home is definitely coming together!
Our kitchen faucet was very leaky, so we decided to upgrade to a beautiful Moen piece. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of the finished product, but Will and I still talk about how much we love it.
Our biggest project this month was installing shelves in our laundry room to make a pantry space off the kitchen. Will was able to complete it right before Christmas and it has made everything so much cleaner and more organized! I am in love!
Next up in our home improvement saga is painting all of the things! Can you guess what color scheme we are going with?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Full of coffee, working from home, and the inevitable indulgence of delivery pizza (our favorite). We were also gifted these end tables from a sweet woman I used to work with!
Every Sunday we have dinner with my family and my nephew James is a riot. He can’t speak words yet, but that doesn’t stop him from talking and gesturing. He loves music, drumming, and the piano. Clapping is also pretty cool, and he has basically mastered walking now that he is almost 11 months old.
I am still trying to make it through Eragon! We love reading before bed, but these days it has been time to crash by the time we crawl under the covers. Also, shoutout to North Carolina for having gorgeous sunsets, and to my RAV4 for hitting 44,444 miles. Too bad it wasn’t also 44 degrees outside.
Christmas is absolutely my favorite time of the year. From apple cider and Christmas cookies, to parties and productions, I love everything about it. Our Taco Tuesday crew had a great “Friendsmas” and gift exchange this year, complete with the traditional gift of something Jeff Goldblum related given to our friend Nick.
2018 is the year of the table top tree. When we assembled it, our puppy Blue was still very young and didn’t have a lot of self control when it came to chewing on things. Instead of teaching her not to chew on my tree, I opted to put it on a table this year to make our lives slightly easier. It was kind of funny, and I never really want to do it again, but at the time I would take anything to make fur-mama life a little easier.
Early this month we were super grateful to be able to get out of the house and see The Singing Christmas Tree with our family. It is a traditional choral production that a local church does every year (and perhaps several other southern churches do the same thing).
I attended a grand total of four ugly Christmas sweater parties this year. I’d say the fad is still going strong. We borrowed some sweater vests from our friends and put them to very good use.
Christmas Tree and Tea. We wrapped our presents just two days before Christmas and enjoyed the view while we had it. I will blog about Christmas day in another post!
Blue had a pretty great December. You can read her most recent update here. She met some great puppy friends, some aunts and uncles and cousins, and lots and lots of friends. She does not like the vet, but is getting used to the car, and is growing faster than I thought possible.
Along with all of the growing comes a lot of napping. I read somewhere that puppies can sleep up to twenty hours a day. That’s crazy! But after I have seen how much she has grown the past couple weeks, I absolutely believe it. Her legs are starting to get long and a little gangly. Her ears are the size of her head. And her paws are getting a little ahead of themselves.
One of Blue’s favorite things is rough housing with her dad. Will is very good with her. He is super passionate about training her and is completely smitten. She is going to be super spoiled, but also hopefully super fit and well trained. She is getting really good at only chewing on her own toys as well! Seeing how much she has grown since we brought her home at eight weeks has been insane. She has gained over ten pounds and there is nothing stopping her!
Here’s to hoping you had a great December! That you got to create memories and take a minute to slow down and enjoy life.
Thank you for everything this year, with the first few months of Wamies World and the great adventures we have already been on. Here’s to 2019 and the new year!
Until next time,
November 2018, October 2018