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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Speed Wrapping, Heart Shaped Waffles, and Christmas Presents

Christmas, over already? It sometimes feels to me that there's such a commercial build-up to Christmas and then it's gone before it barely happened. Does anyone else think it's a little strange that the stores are putting out Christmas decorations just days before Halloween and then on the December 26th everything is gone? 

Christmas may be over, but I have a pocket full of memories to carry with me such as...

My husband's wrapping skills. I'm terrible at wrapping presents but he's amazing at it.  

We put off our wrapping till Christmas Eve so a little speed wrapping was in order...

 As hubby wrapped I cooked our favorite Christmas Eve dinner: pumpkin waffles, apple maple chicken sausage, and scrambled eggs. 
This Target pumpkin pancake & waffle mix is amazing you simply must try it. (I mix it with some regular whole wheat flour and substitute canola oil instead of butter and soy milk instead of regular milk)

We used our heart shaped waffle maker. Yes, we are that cheesy and we love it. 
 Per tradition, we each opened a present from each other on Christmas Eve, he opened new pajama pants he really needed.  

 And my Christmas Eve present...prints from a photo shoot we did with Walters & Walters. I L-O-V-E them! 

Christmas morning brought it's own memories and new traditions and the best part was I shared them with one of God's greatest gifts to husband...

 More presents were in order including a Jason Gray CD hubby picked up at a recent concert while I was waiting in the inevitably long line that always forms in ladies' room during large scale events. Smooth move- I had no idea he was Christmas shopping during intermission. 
Jason Gray's single Remind Me Who I Am is on this CD and it's currently one of my favorite songs...

 It may not seem like a song fitting for a Christmas post but it's so fitting if we really think about the message. Christ coming to earth to reach us and save us which we celebrate at Christmas is the perfect reminder of who we are to Him. 

Perhaps less deep, but still a part of this post a new holiday tradition...Pear Pie. I based it off a recipe from Clean Eating Magazine and it's soooooo good! I enjoyed several helpings at Christmas Day dinner with my family but it's all whole nutritional ingredients so I figure it wasn't a bad choice when it comes to second and third helpings. 

At the Osborne family Christmas celebration I was surprised by a sewing machine. I'm on the hunt for good creative projects to get me started. Recommendations? I sewed a lot as a kid but it's been years so I'm hoping I'm not too rusty.  What's a bobbin again? 

Christmas has come and gone, but the moments of joy, laughter, and love remain. 

Now I'm on to figuring out non-lame New Year's plans that will still let us be in bed but 10:30PM. Yeah, we're kinda old sometimes. 


Sherrie said...

Great snapshots! Love the last picture, enjoy your sewing machine. Have a great day!

Food for Thought

Bethany said...

Hi Sherrie- thanks for your positive feedback. Have a Happy New Year and I look forward to hoping over to your blog as well. Cheers!

deb duty said...

Christmas was definitely over too soon this year! Looks like you had a lovely one. The Christmas Eve dinner sounds delicious. I'll have to get some of that pumpkin mix. My oldest son loves anything pumpkin. Have fun with your sewing machine!

Susan said...

Oh what sweet pictures! I remember getting a sewing machine when I first got married!

And I just LOVE-LOVE that song!! Thanks for sharing.

Happy New Year♥

Bethany said...

Deb- good to hear someone else agrees that this Christmas just flew right by! Yes, the pumpkin mix is great, and only $2.99. I'm sure your son will love it!

Susan- What a sweet memory, I'm sure the sewing machine has come in handy! And I'm glad you love the song, delighted to share it. Hope it uplifts you! Happy New Year!

Kathy said...

"What's a bobbin?" is EASY compared to THREADING that darn bobbin! haha. Looks like a wonderful Christmas!


Bethany said...

Kathy- so true! Threading it and then when the bobbins get tangles of thread around them- ugh! haha. Thanks for stopping by, have a very Happy New Year!

Jacinda @ Growing Home said...

Ooooh! A sewing machine! What a wonderful gift!

Bethany said...

Jacinda- yes, I'm thankful! It will certainly help me save money, plus I'm looking forward to the additional creative outlet! Thanks for stopping by!

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