Having Thanksgiving so late this year is seriously throwing me off. I cant believe its already December 10th! This holiday season is really flying by.  We do have good news: we can mark 2 items off our 2013 Christmas Bucket List!

Sunday was so very cold. We were expected to get freezing rain, but the temperature hovered right around 33 degrees, preventing anything from freezing. I am not going to complain, because winter weather is not very much fun unless its snow. We spent the afternoon curled up by the fire playing Mastermind and just talking, while drinking Baileys. It was such a nice afternoon! With as busy as Justin gets during school, I especially savor each moment I get with him!

Last night we attended the 49th Annual Wake Forest Lovefeast.


A Lovefeast is a Moravian tradition. Its a service with Christmas songs, a bible reading, a short message and the “feast” (which is often sweet bread and coffee) followed by a candle lighting.  Its a really neat tradition!

I didn’t get too many pictures, because I did not want to disrupt anyone during the celebration, but it was very beautiful.


I will miss the Moravian traditions when we move!

What’s Your Mental Age

And I’ll leave you with this….I saw this quiz yesterday on twitter and had to take it. My parents always said I was born 0 going on 40. This quiz proved it since this 23 year old scored a mental age of 44! This must mean I’m going to love my 40s, right? What age did you get??


Do you have any unique traditions where you live?

What’s your mental age?


Christmas 2013 Bucket List

Happy Cyber Monday! Did you find any really good deals? As a bargain shopper, I love Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but I didn’t find anything I couldn’t live without, so no shopping for me!

I am borrowing an idea from Julie and making a holiday bucket list. Justin and I always talk about the fun things we should do during the Christmas season and then we blink and its over. I want to savor as much time together during this hectic, yet wonderful time of the year (and especially before we go back to Texas for a crazy busy 2 weeks)!


Christmas 2013 Bucket List

Spend an evening looking at lights

Attend a Love Feast in Winston-Salem

Bake holiday treats

Make a batch of homemade hot chocolate

Visit Old Salem to see the Christmas decorations

Decorate our tree

Participate in our church’s Angel Tree Project

Spend an evening curled up by the fire

Watch a new Christmas movie


That’s the preliminary list so far! Of course, my other goal is to document all (or most) of these for the blog.

Christmas Decorations

We had a nice Thanksgiving with family in Raleigh. My family went to Disney World for the holiday, but we decided the trip was a little too far and Justin had school work.

The long weekend was pretty restful. I put away my fall decorations:




Now it was time for Christmas decorations! We don’t have too many Christmas decorations for a few reasons

1. We have very little storage space. Justin and I are constantly having to reorganize to make all of our things to make them fit. I am counting down the days until he is done with law school, because we have already decided the next place we get will be a HOUSE

2. I dont want to spend a lot of money on decorations, especially since I don’t know what kind of house we will have later on.

3. We are leaving for Texas on December 13th! So, we wont even be here for a lot of the Christmas season.

So, this is what we have to work with!



We could not resist this stocking for Lilly. It was $4 at Hobby Lobby and describes her perfectly 🙂


My Nana and I made this wreath last week when I was visiting her!

I was raised by a complete Christmas (and holidays in general) fanatic, so this has been a little difficult for me. My mom has an entire storage unit devoted to her Christmas decorations! She loves Christmas and she successfully instilled it in each of her 4 children, something I will not complain about.

She sent us a little Christmas cheer in the mail- two boxes filled with advent and St. Nick’s Day gifts and assorted Christmas things. I was like a little kid on Christmas morning.


Charlie Brown nativity! My mom said she could not resist


Dachshund card!

Does your family do anything for advent?

When I was really little we just did a chocolate advent calendar and little countdown calendars. My mom started doing little gifts some time when I was in high school. Its kind of fun!