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I’m Baaaaaaccckk {Christmas Recap}

Hello friends! I’m back on the blogging wagon after a couple much-needed weeks off. Derek and I are in Lexington, Kentucky at my parents’ house for a couple more days before we head back to North Carolina and reality. It’s been a great vacation for all of us, and I wanted to share a series of pictures as a Christmas recap.

Before we left town, we hosted our Second Annual Tacky Sweater Party.


Love these people. Photo credit goes to our friend Deepak and his fancy camera. 🙂

We had a blast and stayed up until 3am playing Catchphrase. It was great fun!


The adorable version of our group tacky sweater picture.

After the party, Derek headed to his family’s house in Wilkesboro for a few days to spend time with his family while I finished up work. I drove to Wilkes on the morning of Christmas Eve to pick up Derek on the way to Kentucky. Fortunately, we were able to eat breakfast and exchange presents with his family before heading out.


After an easy 8 hour drive, we made it to Lexington!

We got to Kentucky just in time for the candlelit Christmas Eve church service, my favorite of the year. After church we watched some of our Christmas movie favorites: Elf and Christmas Vacation.


We spent Christmas morning relaxing and getting ready for our big lunch. I, of course, partook in the family tradition of drinking a Bloody Mary.


Scooter wanted to be part of the action.

On Saturday my grandpa came over to watch the University of Kentucky vs. University of Louisville basketball game. My mom, dad, brother, and grandpa all went to UK and are huge Wildcat fans.


Derek couldn’t bear to wear UK blue and had to rock some Carolina gear.

One morning Derek whipped up some Norwegian pancakes, one of his family’s traditions. One of the things I love about being married is blending our family traditions. You get the best of both families!


Delicious Norwegian pancakes.

We also went bowling.


My mom always demands “shoe pics.” Haha!

My mom and I went shopping yesterday, and we’re planning on going to a movie later today. Derek and I will spend New Year’s Eve with my family before heading back to Durham on New Year’s Days. Then it’s back to work for me on Friday. Yay for a one-day work week!

I’m so thankful for the time spent with friends and family. I was definitely getting burnt out at work, and this break is exactly what I needed. Hope your holidays were great, too!

Here’s What’s On the Holiday To-Do List

It’s the most wonderful, crazy, busy time of the year! Like many of you, I feel like I am running non-stop with holiday happenings. Hence, the lack of blog posts lately. I’ll be back to my normal posting after the holidays, but in the mean time, I thought I’d post what I’ve been up to by sharing my holiday to-do list.

1. Pick out a Christmas tree.





 2. Decorate the tree and the house.

3. Pick out an organization for donation. 

My work allows me to set up charitable donations that are taken directly out of my paycheck, and Derek and I picked out Communities in Schools of Durham. It’s a nonprofit organization that “champions the use of evidence-based programs to help youth stay in school, graduate on time and succeed after high school.” We’re both passionate about education, and we wanted to pick something local, so CIS seems like a great fit.

4. Make gingerbread houses.


5. Light the first fire of the winter.


6. Drink eggnog.

7. Finish shopping for gifts.  —> I am SO close to being done with this one. Just a few last-minute items to go.

8. Bake cookies for neighbors and coworkers. –> It’s supposed to be cold and rainy here on Saturday, so I plan on staying in and baking all day. Yay!

9. Send out Christmas cards. –> I have the cards here, but I just need to mail them out this weekend.

10. Wrap gifts.

11. Host our Second Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party.  –> This is happening Friday night. I can’t wait!!


First Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party (2013).

12. Drive to Kentucky to spend Christmas with my family.  –> AHHH SO EXCITED! We head out on Christmas Eve.

13. Watch my favorite Christmas movies (i.e., Elf, Love Actually, and Christmas Vacation)  –> We’ll probably watch these when we get to Kentucky.

SANTA!!!! Cracks me up every time.

14. Drink hot chocolate while driving around and checking out the neighborhood Christmas lights.

15. Attend candlelit Christmas Eve service. –> This is my favorite church service of the year.

Whew! Almost there. Christmas is only one week from tomorrow. How crazy is that? I’ve really enjoyed all my holiday activities thus far (especially since it’s my first Christmas with Derek and in our new place), but I am looking forward to some down time once we get to Kentucky.

Well, with all of that said, it’s time to get back to work. Now I find myself wondering if this post is just a really creative form of procrastination? Perhaps. 🙂

What’s on your holiday to-do list? Are you running around at the last-minute or are you one of those people who had all of this stuff done before Thanksgiving? If you’re one of the latter people, please tell me your secrets!

Happy holidays!!!

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