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We Need a Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute

Christmas was so 2 weeks ago, but I wanted to post a few pictures and write down some memories before I forgot them entirely! Also, Tij and I got new cell phones (yay!) but in the shuffle I think some of the photos I took are gone now. I’ve got to save the ones I do have!

Tij and I had a great Christmas. We flew up to (cold) Idaho to spend it with my family. My sister and I got to spend Christmas together for the first time in 4 years! Christmas Eve we snacked on Auntie’s special cheese fondue and me, the sister, and the cousins spent a couple hours playing Monopoly (which is a secret favorite of mine) with the fireplace going. Magic! And the best part? I got a white Christmas! I’ve already posted about how sappy and sentimental I get about Christmas, and this dusting of snow was truly the cherry on top

Christmas morning festivities just continued the general feeling of perfection and contentedness. Imagine the tree all lit up, everyone in their pajamas and eating chocolate for breakfast, and the anticipation of giving and getting gifts. We all take turns opening gifts, and since there was 11 of us, it took allllll morning – my favorite.


One afternoon my sister and my cousin and I went to a vintage store. It was charming and they had a great selection! My sister and I used to go to this great vintage store in Montana when we in high school. It’s closed down now, but hunting for treasures in Idaho took me back a few years. (I splurged on a couple rings and a cheesy Hawaiian shirt for Tij.) We met up with yet another cousin for dinner downtown after that. Talk about a killer evening! I love spending time with my sister and cousins. Sometimes I wished we lived closer, (and maybe someday we will,) but for now I console myself by enjoying them as much as I can when we’re all together.


Before I flew back to Vegas, my sister and I walked through “Garden Aglow” at the Botanical Gardens. They cover all the trees and trellises in lights and it’s beautiful! We drank hot chocolate and indulged in fresh doughnuts. It even started snowing on our way out – talk about perfection! We got to chat about life and got in some much needed sister-therapy. Sisters are the best, aren’t they?


I hope all of you had a magical Christmas too. I was in a bit of a post-holiday slump last week, but I’m getting really excited about all the possibilities that 2015 could have in store for our family. And there’s only 351 days until Christmas is here again!

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

034One of my favorite things about Christmas has always been the decorations, and more especially, the tree! My family used to always buy a real tree (that smell is still one of my favorites!) but Tij and I have been fake-treeing it the past few years for practicality’s sake. (Eventually, when we have a house and kids, I would love to go back exclusively to real trees, but until then, I just light candles and do my best to pretend.) It was always a huge process getting our tree together, (probably because my sister and I were too busy playing make-believe with all our ornaments), but it was a magical process! Even as an adult, I can’t wait to get our tree up and go for a walk down memory lane with our ornaments. One of the few Christmas traditions Tij and I have started together is to get a new ornament every year. We like to pick them out on trips we take and we usually buy bulbs. The first one we got was a pretty Ukranian-looking ball from the BYU Museum of Art gift shop. We bought one in downtown Santa Cruz one year. Two years ago, we picked out a beautiful hand-painted one in Hawaii at a gift shop where my sister worked. I spend just as much time reminiscing as I do putting our tree together. I’ve been slowly accumulating other Christmas decor as well. My parents gave me most of the decorations that I grew up with. Some of it I’ve been able to put out and some of it is too fancy or impractical in our small space, but I love seeing some of my beloved family decor in my own home. I just love Christmas. I am a big sap. I get all nostalgic and sentimental and I just loooooove everything about it. Poor Tij.

I’m really excited about presents this year. I spent some time picking out what I think are some killer gifts for my family and I can’t wait to watch them opening them. And I’ve been listening to Christmas music every day. (Again, poor Tij.) I made a playlist of all the classics a month ago so I would be ready. We are heading up to Idaho for Christmas and while I’m nervous for the cold (we’ve totally acclimated to the warmth), I’m hoping we may get a white Christmas! I would love that! This post is getting sappier by the minute so I’ll wrap things up, but I just had to write down how much I am loving this season and how it just makes me so happy and grateful. And when I remember the real reason why we’re celebrating Christmas (or should I say who we’re celebrating?) it makes me even happier and even more grateful. I hope you are all getting into the Christmas spirit!


Christmas Card Outtake


I’m attempting to send out Christmas cards this year, but naturally I waited until the last minute to commit. I realized last weekend that we didn’t have a family picture to send out with our card and I needed to do something about that. After church, I forced Tij into some festive flannel and set up our camera with the self-timer. We somehow managed to get some pictures that looked nice enough. (Not great, but not terrible. Maybe next year I’ll be on top of things and we’ll actually have some professionally done!) Then we just got silly and used the timer to get pictures of us with zee babies! I love the few decent (not blurry) photos we got of all 5 of us, but I decided that it would be best if we sent out cards with just our human family. I wanted to share this gem though because it is very “us”, furballs and all.

(Oh, and I chopped all my hair off. Surprise!)

Merry Christmas –
from Bianca, Olive, and Daphne

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Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving

We had a lovely Thanksgiving in spite of Tij having to work all day. Some good friends invited us over for dinner and they only asked me to bring a pie so I didn’t even have to cook a turkey. (That’s a win in my book.) We spent the evening in good company, eating delicious food, and watching Christmas movies. (“Home Alone” and “A Christmas Story”. You know, the classics!) I’m guilty of probably not giving Thanksgiving its due because I love Christmas soooooo much, but I just think it’s the best segue into the Christmas season. Thanksgiving reminds us to count our blessings and be grateful for the wonderful lives we lead. Christmas reminds us of Christ, to be kind and to help others. New Year’s reminds us that we can always do better and to keep progressing. What better way to finish up one year and ring in the new? Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving and are ready for Christmas! (We are ready for Christmas here. I may have already decorated…)

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