Monday, December 27, 2010

happy holidays!

Our first Christmas as Mr. & Mrs. was wonderful :) Unfortunately, Ryan had to work on Christmas day, so my family rearranged our schedule a little bit and did our morning tradition on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. It worked out though, and Ryan and I were still able to spend some of the holiday together.

We spent Christmas Eve going to church, and then to my Aunt Lori's house for our get together with my dad's side of the family. Always a good time! We were there until almost midnight sharing laughs and playing games. I was sad to see the night end!

Christmas day was very relaxed, and it was fabulous. My family and I spent the majority of the day just lazying around. We enjoyed a yummy ham dinner cooked by my mom before heading over to my Uncle Scott's house for my mom's side of the family. As always, there was plenty of (loud) cheer, laughter and wrapping paper throwing! Never a dull moment at a Law family gathering!

It was wonderful being able to just spend time with the people I love the most <3. My parents, who just two months ago helped us out tremendously with our wedding, still went above and beyond this year for us for Christmas. Some of Ryan's family did the same for us when we went to visit for Thanksgiving. We are beyond blessed and so very thankful for all of the wonderful people in our life!

I did not take ANY pictures this Christmas, which is very unlike me. I'm so sad! I wish I had at least one photo to share -- and I don't :( I will be very sure to snap as many as I can on New Year's Eve!

I started back at work today. Even though I was only off for four days, it was extremely tough getting up and out of bed this morning! It was even harder driving to work on the empty roads, knowing that more than half of the city was at home, snug in their beds enjoying a day off. Oh well, at least this week is a shorter week!

Until next time :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

tis the season to be jolly :)

No words. Just thought I'd share a few pictures of Christmas cheer around our home :)

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas..

It's been over a month since my last post! I apologize for that. Things around here have been pretty busy! Between our Thanksgiving trip to visit Ryan's family in Colorado (was a blast!!) and me pulling in overtime at work pretty much every night the past few weeks, things have been hectic.

Our trip to Colorado was wonderful. Not only did we get to spend time with some of my husband's family, we also got to spend some much needed time together. Sure, we see each other every day, but with my work schedule and his school schedule (and work schedule on the weekends), we only ever get to squeeze in a few hours of hanging out each evening. So, we were together 24/7 in Colorado, and it was nice. It was honestly the most quality time we've spent together since our wedding -- probably, even before that! We rented a car, so we were able to go out and do stuff on our own. One of my favorite things we did was re-visit Estes Park. That place has a particularly special place in our hearts because its where Ryan proposed to me last Thanksgiving :) This time, we got up there earlier and were able to explore a little more, have breakfast and do a little shopping. I even bought myself a little souvenier -- an Estes Park hoodie! Ryan also joined in on the souvenier buying and got himself a baseball tee with Colorado Rockies written on it.

Since returning from our trip, things have again turned crazy in our lives. Things at work, for me, have been pretty busy. Plus, with Christmas literally around the corner, things are even crazier. I just got most of my shopping done yesterday. I will never again wait until the week before Christmas to do my shopping! The mall was INSANE and I was not a happy camper. However, I got what I had planned to get, and got the heck out of there! I have just a few more little things to buy up in Erie and I will finally be done with my shopping. Good thing, considering the holiday is five days away!

I'm looking forward to my mini holiday break from work. This will be the first time EVER in my professional life where I don't have to work on Christmas -- and I get paid for it! Seriously. It's a wonderful feeling :) I can't tell you how nice it feels to know that I won't be working crazy overnight hours, while trying to squeeze in travel time to Erie just to be able to spend a few hours with my family for the holidays! So, hurry up 3-day work week!!