Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Something Old, Something New...

The theme of our year, became the theme of our Christmas.  As many of you know, we made the tough decision to stay in Oregon for the holidays due to a busy year leaving us a little short.  Short of time off work, short of funds and slightly short of energy!  So, we decided to make the most of what might very well be a one-of-a-kind Christmas with just us :)!

We began our festivities on Christmas Eve with something new... baking together.  We baked our old favorites from back home and filled a Christmas platter full of goodies!


From there we visited Moonstruck Cafe and tried something new; rich hot chocolate (that you can only justify on Christmas) and delicious truffles.  I'm pretty sure our Christmas bliss was contagious when the kind girl at the counter offered us adorable truffles as a gift for coming in on Christmas Eve.  I believe Andy's words were "It's a Christmas Miracle!"  With a familiar sugar high in tow, we headed to downtown Portland to check out Christmas lights.

Christmas Miracle? 

Christmas in Portland.  Not quite the Winter Wonderland that we enjoy in Iowa!
We ended our evening cashed in front of an old favorite, The Muppet Christmas Carol!


Christmas morning came bright and early as Andy's eyes opened with excitement around 6 am ready to exchange gifts.  We enjoyed Andy's mom's breakfast casserole before exchanging gifts with each other and my family via Skype!  After a Christmas nap, we were excited to Skype with Andy's family - some in Hudson, Ia and some in Michigan.  So fun to see everyone even if it is through a computer!





Our evening ended with Oregon wine (a new tradition?), a delicious dinner and tons of laughter (VERY old traditions!).  How blessed we have been this year. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Only Thing Constant is Change*...

We were honored to celebrate the weekend in St. Louis as a special couple made large changes in their lives as they became Mr. & Mrs. Sean and Audrey Treece!

Change was in the air and was beautifully punctuated by my Uncle Jody on Thursday evening.


There were smaller changes too.  Like the ones that you feel in your heart when you see your family for the first time in too long, are embraced with love and that small hole that you didn't know existed gets filled!

And when you laugh really hard for three days straight and the muscles in your cheeks are exercised like they haven't been in such a long time.

There are larger changes too.  Like when a groom shakes off his nerves so he can fully embrace the promises that he is making to his new family.

Or when the intoxication levels change and the Christmas carols get louder, the dance moves get "better" and the night gets a little more blurry!

The love was constant though and there was more than enough to go around.


And to end this post, I have to say... "Jizz Sock"!  And include the following photos for the sole purpose of providing more laughter.
CHEERS!
Amanda

* Thank you, Uncle Jody, for inspiring this post!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Very Merry "Sour Patch" Christmas...

A few highlights from the weekend in a quick end-of-the-week post meant to level out my lengthy last week post.

Gingerbread houses with Sour Patch Kids as their inhabitants.


A crazy Holiday Ale Fest and "when in rome..." you eat the food cart food being served.  A chicken sausage with who knows what on top... I told them to give me "the fixin's!"

CHEERS!
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