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!  

Atwell Adventures

happy thanksgiving eve

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, friends!

We’ll be celebrating our first married thanksgiving in Hampstead tomorrow!  When G first mentioned the idea of staying here instead of traveling to see family, I was a little skeptical but open to the idea. Now I’m really excited to spend this holiday with just the two of us.  It’s fun to create memories and traditions and I’m thinking tomorrow will be full of both {eh-hem… any tips for making an apple pie?:)}.

We’ll also be finishing up our “be thankful” banner we’ve been adding to this month.  While rather elementary in looks, to be reminded of all that we have has been a good practice for me and hopefully for G too.

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How are you celebrating?