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Feeling Christmas-y

This last week has been all about the holidays.  It’s started to get pretty cold, which mean hot drinks, fires and the holidays.  I love fall, but I also love winter almost as much 🙂  We picked up a tree yesterday and that evening I spent putting up the lights and ornaments.

We’ve also started a few fires this week.

And of course put up some more decor; and what are the holidays without some yummy seasonal beers?

Another thing we try to do every year is get together with my family and put together some gingerbread houses.  Usually we are up in the mountains but since we don’t have a cabin anymore, home it is.  I don’t know what it was, but this year everyone had the hardest time ever trying to make the houses look at least decent.  The kit that Chris and I (mostly me) had to deal with was a “mini” gingerbread house village.   No words are necessary to describe this mess:

Yeah, no comment.  I was beyond annoyed with the whole situation (but the spiked eggnog helped!).  And for any Bakersfieldians, we dubbed this “Oildale Village.

And today, I took some Christmas photos of my cousin’s freshly born baby boy, he is SO sweet.

Isn’t he sweet?  So precious.

Well, our little family also attempted some photos today.  Sadie was good at first, and Tundra wasn’t having it.

But somehow we got one, WITH the dogs. I know right? It was chaotic. I will probably share the outtakes later…hah.


Baby Shower: Owl

This passed weekend I helped throw an owl themed baby shower for my cousin, who I am super close to because we’re almost the exact same age, had been dating our men for the exact same time and got married just once month apart!  Unfortunately for me, she beat me to the baby making stage 😉

Everything turned out super cute! I made the mini cupcakes and mini {gluten free} chocolate donuts (which I will share an easy recipe for later because they were SO good).  I also made a bunch of various paper things with owls on them that I forgot to take photos of including name tags, gift bags, food cards, & some other misc. signage.   Just two months until the due date! ❤


This weekend we went on a short little trip way up in the mountains (7200 ft elevation to be exact) to visit my grandparents, my grandpa is turning 70 this week.  Its so nice to be able to get away to a completly different scenery in just a few hours.  While it was sunny and hot here at home, we were enjoying the fresh air, mountains still covered with 6+ feet of snow, but warm enough to sit out on the deck in a t-shirt and no shoes. The dogs had a blast running around in the snow (we miss our cabin!)

My family is a hilarious bunch, while most of us were trying our hand at playing Scattegories, grandpa thought it was hilarious to talk loudy and carry on conversations and ruin all chances of concentrating on the game.  We had a snowball fight complete with fort-building (and me getting blasted in the face).

I wish times like those could last longer.  As we drove back down the mountain towards home, I wished we didn’t have to go back. To the heat. The faster-paced life.  Constant technology overload (no cell service up in the mountains!). Another Monday.

But I suppose life will go on and we can always go back whenever we need that short breath of fresh air.


I have a draft of another wedding post sitting around, buuuut instead I wanted to share a few pictures of a little hike we did last weekend. We hiked up to the place where we got engaged, it was so pretty. I picked a bunch of those flowery things to add some pretty color inside my house 🙂
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, I truly am thankful for so much!

My Uterus Hurts

My weekend was filled with cute little girls….you can’t tell me you don’t love photos of random little kids you don’t know! Yeah, that’s what I thought 😀

My niece is the happiest little gal ever, I adore her!

It was this little one’s first birthday, she’s my cousin’s daughter. SO CUTE. 


Sadly, it warmed up here a bit this weekend 😦 Otherwise, we got some much needed stuff done: bought out wedding bands (!) and picked out the guys’ wedding tux’s. Woot! 

Did you have a good weekend?


Quarter Century

No it’s not my 25th birthday, yet (aghhh 2 months, yikes!). Today is my parent’s 25th wedding anniversary. It’s easy to always remember the amount of years they have been married because I was born the same year 🙂 When my mom was 7 months pregnant with me (at 24 years old, actually!), my parents got married.

I know a lot of people think they have the greatest parents in the world, and there are a lot of people who don’t have the best relationships with theirs, but I really think my parents are amazing!


Some tidbits about my parents:

  • They have always been super encouraging of anything we wanted to try out. My sister and I were involved in so many different sports and activities when we were younger. Between me and my sister (off the top of my head) we did ballet, jazz & tap dance, baton twirling (lol), soccer, softball, swimming, synchronized swimming, sewing, horseback riding, misc. church activities, girl scouts, piano lessons, drum lessons, and probably other random classes I can’t think of.

  • Family was always #1. My dad was telling me & Chris about all his various work-ventures throughout his life the other day, and numerous times mentioned how my mom would always encourage him to go for it. All he wanted to do was provide for a family and give us a good life. Even though there were some hard times, we always had a nice house and everything we needed.
  • My mom is a talker. She is also a therapist. When you meet her she will expect your life story and ask 80 questions. Be prepared. What I did not inherit from my mom is her energy, she loooovesss hiking and goes multiple times a week. CRAZY WOMAN 🙂
  • My Dad loves text messages and writes them in email format, complete with “Dear Alyssa” and “Sincerely, Dad”. He also has this great memory that I definitely did not inherit. Whenever he hears a song from “back in the day” he can tell you the band and what year and MONTH (usually) the song came out, what he was doing at that time, and random facts about the band.
  • They live less than 2 miles away from us and I normally at least text one of them every day. When my Mom hasn’t seen me in a few days she texts me that she misses me 🙂 Love it. Probably one of the big reasons I haven’t moved away is because I would die if they lived far away. It would be sad times (hence, Operation: Move Entire Family to Washington).

Okay I think that’s enough blabbering for now. Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!