It’s been way too long. Things have felt so much busier with the holidays, and it’s set me back some. But I have really been enjoying this time of year with my family and friends. I don’t even know where to start an update on the past (almost) month, so I’ll probably just scan through the pictures on my phone and this will probably end up being one big conglomeration of my favorite days and recipes.
Of course, there was our first married Thanksgiving. We went to my family’s on Thursday, and then on Saturday, John’s family had their Thanksgiving because he has a lot of siblings who are married and it was easier to do it on a different day. It worked out well, and we got to meet my family’s new little dog, whose final name is still pending, and spend time with John’s niece who is pretty much the perfect baby. She’s so happy all the time, and when she’s sad, she actually tries NOT to cry. It’s the cutest thing.
Fried Egg Hashbrown
And then there was the morning John made this delicious breakfast that he created. He fried hashbrowns in a pan, making sure not to stir it around so that it got nice and crisp and golden. Then he scrambled an egg and poured it on top and cooked that before melting cheese on top also.
Christmas tree pickin’
Thanksgiving weekend, we found a Christmas tree in rainy weather, and then waited for it to dry out before putting it up. It is the perfect-sized tree for our apartment. I was so excited to choose our first tree, and I think I got emotionally attached to it as soon as I saw it and knew it was the one.
Pickett State Park
Pickett is a place John visited many times growing up, and I’m starting to see why he loves it so much. After staying just a few days, I feel like I’ve began to know it. There are endless places to explore, so many trails for hiking, dirt roads for off-roading, no internet, frosty mornings, fire-side reading, crossword puzzle doing, breakfast making, bluegrass gospel radio listening…I already miss it so much. I’ll write a post solely devoted to this four day trip and go into more detail then.
Best co-teacher turned friend
She brings me cupcakes. I’m so grateful for my classroom. For a while, I was on my own, and work was really rough. But I decided to stick with it and try to have a good attitude about it. Shortly after, Maria was hired as my co-teacher, and I learned a lot from her because she had much more experience than I did. Now the owner of the preschool has praised our classroom because of it’s controlled and fun environment for the kids. That further taught me that having a good attitude and trying to learn from others and your own experiences is so beneficial. Now I’m thankful that going into work isn’t something I dread anymore. I’ve grown really attached to the kiddos, and having a positive co-teacher like Maria is a huge blessing.
Taco Salad Best Friend Date
My best friend Liz and I hadn’t seen each other in what felt like forever. We got together one day last week, and made this taco salad for dinner. It was so good to see her. She’s known me since we were like five and knows me better than any other friend. It’s such a great thing to have someone like that. We made this taco salad using beef, black beans, Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, cheese dip, and romaine lettuce. So easy.
Three of my favorite things were involved in this lunch I brought with me to work last week. Mushrooms, Cheez-its, and a pear. I could eat them endlessly. Plus a turkey sandwich with lettuce, pickles, and ranch. Don’t be afraid of what may seem like strange lunch combos.
Every year my family gets together to go see the lights at the Opryland Hotel. It’s one of my favorite traditions, and I loved walking around with everyone and seeing all of the new decorations the hotel had this year. Then we had Christmas together afterward because my family goes to Florida to visit relatives for Christmas, but John and I can’t go this year. So we had Christmas early with my family. It was so much fun spending time with everyone in the Christmas-decked-out house, watching Frosty, eating dinner, and opening presents.
Decorating our tree
We finally got the chance to decorate our tree as we listened to Elvis Christmas music. Then we turned all the lights off and sat on the floor admiring it and talking about our favorite ornaments. Such a good night with John.
Christmas earring shopping with my mama
Another tradition I have is finding the perfect Christmas earrings with my mom every year. We found these this year. They are Christmasy, but not too Christmasy that we can’t wear them all year. I love getting to do this every year with my mom!
That’s all I have for now. Enjoy this time leading up to Christmas with your family and friends!