A few pictures from Christmas...

How was your Christmas, friends? We spent ours at home alone (for the first time since we’ve been married!) and really enjoyed the simple, mundane moments together. Here are some pictures from the past month ::

We celebrated Advent as a family, using the same old book my mom used with me when I was a child. It was amazing to watch Valentine begin to comprehend, in that delightfully simple way that children have, the Christmas story. Logan and I kept trying to learn Christmas carols on the piano, too, which was fun and often ridiculously silly.

I painted my living room! For my birthday Logan gave me a gift certificate to Home Depot and I promptly used it all on white paint. More pictures coming soon!

Logan and I bought a chiminea (sort of an outdoor clay fireplace) as our present to each other and we have been loving our moments in front of the fire, listening to the crackle of the flames as we snuggle under blankets in our deck chairs. In other news, we have developed quite the s’more addiction…

One day, during a last minute shopping trip to the bookstore, I turned around and couldn’t find Valentine. In a mild panic, I started racing down the aisles, calling her name. Before long, I found her under a table like this, cozily reading “Twas The Night Before Christmas”.

On Christmas Eve my family came over for dinner. They were on their way to Texas to celebrate with my mom’s side of the family, and it was nice to be able to squeeze their necks and enjoy a meal together. Nothing better than a living room full of people I love.

That night, Logan and I watched the Christmas episode from Studio 60 (my favorite!) and on the way to bed I couldn’t help stopping to admire our tree. There’s just something so enchanting about having a tree indoors, bedecked with lights and nostalgic ornaments.

We gave Valentine a dollhouse for Christmas. Logan’s talented cousin Levi made it for us and I just love the simplicity and quality of the design. It seemed like the kind of toy to spark imagination and that Valentine will be able to enjoy for years to come.

The poor dear doesn’t have much furniture yet and absolutely no dollhouse people, but she’s making the most of it. That bear enjoying a little TV time cracks me up every time I see this picture!

I had fun planning a lot of delicious meals, and our Christmas dinner (Coq au Vin with brown butter and sage mashed potatoes) was my favorite. I’m pretty sure I ate it for the next 4 meals.

The next week Logan went back to work, but Valentine and I still felt like we were on vacation. One day we went to the Amazeum, a fantastic children’s museum in Bentonville, with our friends. We hope to be back soon!

On New Year’s Eve a few friends came over for an intimate evening that ended up being one of the highlights of my year. We had a big Mexican meal together (I juiced so many citrus fruits!!!), sat outside in front of the chiminea and told our engagement stories, then came in and played games until well past midnight.

Happy New Year, everyone! Hope you had a beautiful Christmas, full of simple moments with those you love.

Posted by Aanna on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

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