Our Magical December and Christmas celebrations- 2019

IMG_0488Like most Decembers, this month seemed to fly by! Between working, the holidays, leaving town twice, our best friends welcoming their new baby, and feeding my nesting habits, but also trying to enjoy our holiday decorated home, I feel like Christmas came and went faster than it ever has.IMG_0042.JPGI was actually pretty emotional and upset last week because Christmas “didn’t feel like Christmas” this year. I don’t know if it’s because I wasn’t working my usual holiday parties at the event venue, or not indulging in wine in my celebrations, or simply just feeling “off” due to my pregnancy and hormones, but I was quite upset that my usual Christmas spirit was non existent. I told myself over and over that just because things felt different this year didn’t mean that the Christmas magic wasn’t there and I made the best of the circumstances and changes that this year brought. After all, it was our 10th and our last Christmas of just Derek and I (before we become parents) and our favorite time of year together, so I knew I needed to enjoy it and soak it all in.IMG_0455.JPGAt the beginning of the month, We saw “ELF the musical” at Tuachan with the Durstelers. It was a pretty funny show, and it was the perfect “kick off” to get Christmas started. I didn’t get any photos from that night, but it was fun to see a show and spend time with family.IMG_0044








IMG_0487The next day, Derek and I visited the snow in Pine Valley with Ryan and Amber. It was fun to enjoy the beautiful drive and play in the cold white stuff that we don’t get at home. Harvey was in absolute heaven and we were all entertained about how much he loved the snow. We had such a good day and enjoyed our last adventure with Ryan and Amber before they welcomed their baby boy, Calum, the following week!IMG_0047

We also left town twice this month. On the 13th, we drove to Tucson with Ali and Josh to visit mom and Adam to spend time with them in between the holidays since we didn’t see them Thanksgiving or Christmas this year. We had a fun weekend spending time with them and seeing their new home (since we hadn’t made our way out there yet). We also opened gifts and had a early Christmas celebration together. I am going to post a separate post of our weekend trip to Tucson, but since I am still in the Christmas spirit today, I wanted to post this one first. ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_0465.JPGIMG_0466










IMG_0489We kicked off our Christmas week celebrations on the 19th with Christmas dinner at grandma and grandpa’s. We had our little celebration and opened gifts with them early since they were leaving town on Christmas Eve. Ali and Josh also joined of course. My grandma gave me my favorite present this year and painted these photos of Harvey! I am constantly amazed by her talent.IMG_0464 (2)












IMG_0474The next night, we had a little celebration at dinner with my coworkers. We exchanged white elephant gifts and enjoyed each other’s company. It was fun to spend time with this crew outside of work.IMG_0456You would think that by this time, my spirit of Christmas would be more existent. But even though it was the middle of the month, the Christmas music was blaring, our house was decorated, and we spent quite a lot of time with friends and family, it still didn’t “feel like Christmas” to me. Derek knew that I was feeling upset, so he made sure to also blast Christmas music when we drove his truck and he suggested that we watch more Christmas movies through out the rest of the month. He also gave me an “early Christmas” and took me to a concert in Vegas. IMG_0397

I told him a few months ago that I wanted to go to the Bleachers on the 21st, but thought it would be impossible being so close to Christmas and me also being 30 weeks pregnant. But he bought the tickets anyways and we made it work, so I got my Christmas present a few days early. We drove down to Vegas for the concert, spent the night in a hotel, and headed home the next morning. Even though it wasn’t a “holiday” celebration, live music and a short trip away with Derek was exactly what I needed to get out of my emotional “funk” and he knew it!IMG_0398

When we got back into town, we made gingerbread houses at Ryan and Amber’s, and spent time loving on their new baby. He’s so precious and makes me so excited for our own in just 2 short months!



IMG_0326After a week straight of Christmas music, celebrations, and Christmas movies with our wood burning fireplace, it finally started to feel like Christmas to me. And just in time!ย  On Christmas Eve, Derek and I made dinner and we opened our gifts from each other since I worked Christmas day morning. We ended the night with our annual Christmas eve movie and slumber party on our living room floor- even though we actually slept in our bed this year because the floor isn’t very comfortable for me at the moment. ๐Ÿ˜‰ IMG_0492.JPGIMG_0470.JPGIMG_0495.JPG

IMG_0494On Christmas day, I woke up before the sun to work a 8 hour shift. (yay for the hospitality industry) But since I had Thanksgiving off, and had already celebrated Christmas with Derek and Harvey, I didn’t mind. Derek even came in and had breakfast with me on my break!IMG_0476IMG_0484.JPGWe spent the evening with our Durstelers, but missed Axel who was sick, and Jake & Hattie who didn’t make it to town. We opened gifts with them, and had our annual gingerbread house contest. Randy and Michele took 1st this year!IMG_0482IMG_0479Shara is just about ready to welcome our baby nephew, and he will be here any day! It’s crazy to think that this time next year we will have a 1 year old and a 10 month old joining our crazy crew. We can’t wait.IMG_0480.JPGToday is the day after Christmas, and I hate to say that I spent all last night and this morning throwing up and having nausea and I had to call into work. I don’t know if it’s something I ate, nausea from the baby and hormones, or if it’s just because my body know it’s Christmas time. Not so fun fact: I was sick every single Christmas growing up. I even spent a few Christmas mornings opening my gifts in bed. I thought I finally grew out of my “Christmas curse” a few years ago, so I am hoping that this year it’s just from being pregnant and it’s nothing too serious (or that baby girl doesn’t already have my curse.)

IMG_0481.JPGThankfully, resting all morning helped, and my dad even stopped by since I didn’t get the chance to see him yesterday. It was fun to exchange gifts and visit with him for a little bit. His birthday is also tomorrow, so I am glad I got to see him!IMG_0477Even though this year felt “different” and my Christmas spirit wasn’t as high as it usually is, I am still feeling so thankful and so much love for this magical time of year. I am thankful for not only having so many loved ones (near and far) to give gifts and love to, but to also receive so many thoughtful gestures, time, and love throughout the month.IMG_0496I’m thankful to have a husband who knows exactly how to get me back into the Christmas spirit and who literally bends over backwards to make sure that I enjoy every holiday just because he knows how important they are to me. And even though I started my Christmas day with work, and ended it hunched over the toilet, I am thankful to have a job and extra money this time of year. And I am so thankful for that little babe in my belly, who makes me sick, but who has also cracked my heart open in ways that I never knew were possible.IMG_0478.JPGSo, even if this year looked or felt different than past ones, or you had some circumstances come up that you weren’t prepared for, or you were far away from home or missing loved ones, I hope you all had a very merry Christmas. This time of year can be difficult and draining, or it can be magical. And I am feeling so thankful for all of the little reminders throughout the month that made me realize that no matter how Christmas looks or how different it might feel, it is up to us to find the magic, because no matter the circumstances, this time of year is always magical. IMG_0491.JPGOnto the next adventure, Wren






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