Monday, December 11, 2017

We had such a fun weekend and with all our Christmas activities along with the cold weather, we are finally getting into the Christmas mood! Friday night, we hosted #BasicChristmasParty which was a lot of fun. Everyone came over and we ate dinner, drove around the neighborhood to look at lights, made gingerbread houses and played a game. It was a lot of fun and it was a great way to forget about the week's stress and enjoy time with friends.

Elyssa made the best Moscow Mules!

And we celebrated Jeanna's birthday

After dinner, we decided against driving 30 minutes to see the big Christmas light show and just drove around the neighborhood to see the lights. It was fun to see them and Stephen and I checked that one off our list ;)

After lights, it was time for gingerbread houses. Since each couple was going to do their own gingerbread house, Stephen and I decided to get a village kit so we could each have our own houses to do and wouldn't clash on design ideas. Thankfully, it worked out really well and we realized that the smaller houses held up structurally better because our friends' regular houses kept caving in. 

I had a lot of leftover herbs from our turkey brine so I used them to decorate the houses

After the houses, we played a new game called Fish Bowl. It was so much fun, even though the boys won ;)

Saturday, we were up bright and early to head to Orlando to attend my SIL's Grandfather's funeral. The mass was beautiful and we're all so sad to see him go.

After the funeral, we got dressed and headed over to Disney for our annual Christmas Disney date. We stopped in MK to get lunch and see the decorations. thankfully, that's all we wanted to see because it was packed.

After MK, we headed over to Epcot to check out their Christmas around the world which was a lot of fun. It was freezing and I underestimated how cold it would actually be - we could've used a few more layers but it definitely helped us get into the Christmas spirit. After walking around the countries, we watched the Candlelight Processional where Kurt Russel read the Christmas story. It was so pretty and they did such a great job.

After the show, we grabbed dinner then headed out. This was a new change of pace for us because we usually stay later in the night but it was so nice to get home, put on a Christmas movie, read in bed and it not be 11 pm. 

Sunday, we went to church then I got to work churning out orders. It feels so good to get things checked off my list - almost done for the year!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Only 2 weeks until Christmas (how is that possible!?) Linking up with Biana.

Five on Friday

Friday, December 8, 2017

I'm super excited to finally share our Christmas cards this year! They should all be delivered by now but we were so excited with how they turned out. The day before Thanksgiving, I wanted to get a feel for what cards we liked and which company we wanted to go with before the black Friday sales. Stephen mentioned Amazon did cards so we looked into them and were shocked to see how cheap they were! We ended up purchasing them that night and we're super pleased with the quality for the price - they even included free return address printed on the envelope!! Definitely using them again

Since we traveled around the country a lot earlier this year, we decided to use a picture from NYC & San Fran and incorporate that into the card text.

At work on Wednesday, they had our annual Christmas lunch. It's something fun they do and provide all of the employees a Christmas style lunch. Y'all, best cornbread I've ever had in my life. Every year, I look forward to this event because of the cornbread lol

We made another one of Christina's soups this week and it was delicious! We have yet to find a recipe of hers that we didn't love and this tortellini soup was no exception

Last night, one of my co-workers hosted our second annual cookie exchange. It was so much fun and I can't wait to try all the delicious cookies! My sister sent me an amazing sugar cookie recipe and then I dipped half the cookies in dark chocolate and added sprinkles & crushed candy canes to them. 

And now that I've realized almost my entire FoF post is about food... we are hosting our #basicchristmasparty tonight with our friends from our fall party! We are so excited to have hot chocolate, see Christmas lights, build gingerbread houses and play a Christmas game :) Tomorrow, we're going to Disney to see the Christmas decorations before we lose our passes and hopefully, we'll get to see Kurt Russell read the Christmas story at Epcot!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Can't believe Christmas is coming so quickly!


Monday, December 4, 2017

We had a great first weekend of December and kicked off the Christmas season in style! Friday morning, my group had our annual Christmas potluck - there were tables of food all the way down the hall. There was so much delicious food! After getting our food, a few of my friends camped out in my cube to eat before our meetings.

Later that evening, we headed to the local garden center for a Christmas wine and cheese event with some of our friends. It was a super cute setup but unfortunately, we got there late and missed out on all the snacks so we went to dinner afterwards.

We were supposed to go to Disney Saturday but our fire alarms went off at 3 am for no reason and I wasn't feeling well so we decided to stay home. It was probably the best decision of the weekend because we got to take it easy, watch a Christmas movie, make Christmas cookies and wrap presents. Later that evening, we went to Stephen's Christmas party which was at Kennedy Space Center. We had so much fun and it was the perfect venue!

I will say, if you want to see some funny video of Stephen dancing, check my Instagram ;)

Sunday, we went to church and read the advent reading for the week. Then we did our usual errands and I embroidered all day before we spent the rest of the night wrapping presents and watching another Christmas movie.

Linking up with Biana

Five on Friday

Friday, December 1, 2017

Happy December 1st!! I am so excited it's officially December - let the Christmas festivities officially begin!! Tonight, we're kicking things off with a cheese and wine event at the local gardens followed by dinner with some friends and then Saturday we're hitting up Disney and later we have Stephen's Christmas party at the Space Center.

Unless you live under a rock, you've heard there's going to be another royal wedding!!!!!!!!!! To say I'm excited is an understatement - I can't wait to watch it! To be honest, I'm not a big fan of Megan #stillkatesnumber1fan but I'm definitely loving all of this royal news and hope they have a wonderful marriage :)

This year was the first year we watched the Rockefeller tree lighting ceremony! I've tried to get Stephen to watch it in the past and he never had any interest except this year he was game because we were there a few months ago #illtakewhaticanget. We didn't see the whole thing but it was pretty cool to watch! Were we the only ones who noticed they lit the tree before the end of the countdown?

My friend made some adorable Christmas baby bibs and blankets to match and we're selling them with an option to add a monogram to them! She did such a great job; now I only wish I had a baby so I could use one lol

I recently got my first pair of block heels and now I'm all about the block heels!! They're so much easier to walk in and more comfortable than regular heels. The weight is distributed a lot better. I was able to wear mine for the first time for an entire day at work - I usually lose my regular heels by lunch. I'm going to wear them for Stephen's party this weekend so it'll be nice with all the walking we'll be doing.

We are super pumped because we ordered our Christmas cards (kind of on a whim) from Amazon Photo because it was so cheap and they had a really cute design - we are pleasantly surprised with the product! They didn't have a lot of special options but for the price, it was fantastic!! I'll share our card once they've been sent out but I wanted to give y'all a heads up in case you still need cards :)

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend filled with Christmas activities and movies!