Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

I          absolutely         h e a r t           the           holidays!

From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, is my favorite time of year!

People are just generally excited and happy. I  l o v e  giving gifts and just spending time with friends and family. Jonathan and I made a really tough decision this year, we are staying in Iowa for  C h r i s t m a s. With me not having a job and it being expensive to drive and Jonathan has a recital to get ready for in  J a n u a r y.  It was hard, but we know that it is the best. We are going to seriously miss spending the Holidays with family, but we do have some great friends that are also going to be around for C h r i s t m a s, so at least we won't be alone. 

So Jonathan and I decided that we wanted to get going on some new traditions this year for our little family. We are going to buy a new ornament each year that symbolizes where we are and what we are doing. We are adopting my family's tradition of making Gyoza from scratch on  C h r i s t m a s  E v e.  From Jonathan's family we are doing the marathon day of baking and taking awesome variety plates of deliciousness to people. 

I also decided that we needed to get new stockings. Jonathan and I both have the ones that we had when we were kids and I thought that it was time for us to have matching ones. I never found anything that I really liked so I decided to make them.

They turned out so awesome! I didn't even use a pattern! They took me a while with all the stitching, but they were worth it! By making them too, when we have kids I can make them little ones that match. I am excited. Here are some pics. I know that pride is a sin, but I am super proud of them!