With Our Family

our first Christmas

Before we jump in to the new year, let’s talk about last week – my first Christmas as an Atwell!

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Last year I got to celebrate Christmas with G just a few short days after we were engaged. This year, I got to wake up beside him on Christmas morning!  That alone made Christmas morning better!

And if that wasn’t enough – this is the first year that I haven’t worked since college, so it was nice to have the whole week and not feel rushed in our time with family and friends.  Bonus: G had the week off too!

We spent the first 4 days with G’s family and celebrated an early Christmas over the weekend.  

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We also threw in a quick dinner with some of our good friends that live in the area. {side note: this also reminded me that our ten {TEN!!!} year high school reunion should be this upcoming summer! I need to find out if anyone is working on reunion plans!}

On Christmas Eve we drove to visit my side of the family where we spent the remainder of the week.  And yes, Leeward the Elf came along for all the adventures!

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I love the contrast of our two families. G has two brothers and the only kids that are around are his toddler cousins.  I have two brothers and four sisters, and also have nine nieces and nephews.  It’s apparent in the pictures above which is the calm Christmas and which is the not so calm! 🙂

Although our two families are different, it’s a nice balance and there are always alot of laughs.  I’m so thankful we got to see ALL of our family this Christmas.  

Now onto reflecting, organization, and planning for a new year!  

Around the House

decorating for our first Christmas

As I write this, I am wrapped up in a blanket {we’ve yet to turn on the heat}, sipping some hot chocolate with a giant marshmallow, and staring at this view.

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Ahhh, Christmas.

I was so excited to decorate for our first Christmas! The only problem – our move fell on December 4, so we had to wait until after our move was complete to purchase our tree and decorations.  Booooo.  Imagine me feeling like a scrooge when our house had nothing but a wreath on the door for the first 9 days of December.

As it turns out though, it was worth waiting a few extra days because we got some beautiful things – and memories – to begin our Christmas collection!

The Monday after our move, we ventured out for some lights, ornaments, wrapping paper, and a tree.

We found a local tree stand less than a mile from our house and brought home our first Christmas tree! 

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As for tree decorations, we kept it pretty simple for the colors – golds, silvers, whites – and used just a little over 50 ornaments.  Our tree topper is actually an ornament that G carefully placed and made it look like a topper.

I also made one ornament, which has still yet to be placed on our tree.  So far its my favorite.

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It’s a basic glass ornament with one of our wedding invitations inside.  I cut up one of our wedding invitations {white} and envelopes {gold}, “curled” them, and placed them inside the ornament.  Now I just have to find some string to hang it.

Another favorite? Our stockings!

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Finding stockings that we both liked, weren’t too expensive, and are somewhat neutral was alot harder than I expected. But when I found these and showed them to G after he got home from work last week – we made an order!  I’m thinking of getting our monograms in white, but may wait until next year to see if I really like the idea {but let’s be honest, when do I NOT like a monogram;)}.

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Speaking of white, you may see some white peeking out of the base of our tree.  We still haven’t found a tree skirt that we love so right now, we just have one of our white quilt underneath, which actually kind of works and G says looks like snow:)

I love to look at our tree all lit up – especially at night.  I only wish we had a pullout sofa so we could sleep by it!

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Merry Christmas from our new home to yours!

ps – that’s one more off my 101 in 1001: decorate for Christmas!

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