Wishing the merriest of Christmases to you and yours!
And the angel said unto them:
And the angel said unto them:
It’s Christmas Eve and our celebrations are in full force! I was just discussing some fun family traditions with friends (haha, Elise) and it lead to some reminiscing on our own traditions old and new.
Here are some fun things we’ve done through the years plus some of Matt’s and mine we’ve adapted:
1. Watching A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve
2. Enjoying a delicious family dinner leading up to Christmas> either beef bourguignon or london broil/pork loin
3. Exchanging Christmas pjs
4. Walking the beach on Christmas Eve morning
5. Sit on stairs waiting on parents to film our gifts before we see them (tell me they’re not the only ones- it’s kinda weird)
6. Go to the movie theaters the afternoon of Christmas Day (last year it was Les Miserables, this year it’s Wolf of Wall Street)
7. Biscuits and gravy the morning of Christmas
8. Visiting the grandparents throughout the day
What are your Christmas traditions? Any you’re looking forward to starting this year?
This weekend was one full of rest, sweet friends, scrumptious food [lots of it!], and time away from all our to-do lists. Matt and I took off to Charleston on Friday night to visit our friends for a couple of days. We did [surprise, surprise] partake of some delicious meals while there, beginning with our victory steaks at midnight when we arrived. So maybe not the smartest thing we’ve ever done, but the steaks were amazing! All from a friendly little bet about the gender of our friends’ forthcoming baby, due in like a week!!!
The weather wasn’t anything to write home about, but that led to running the streets of Charleston in monsoon-like downpours searching tirelessly for an open restaurant to feed us. The city was filled with the Christmas spirit; holiday medleys pouring from the stores/ restaurants into the open air, Charles Dickens-esque carolers serenading the crowds, and bagpipes strolling through King Street.
Saturday night’s dinner was followed by a much-anticipated trip to James Island to see their Christmas light display. Karsen and I were like little children, ooing and ahhing at all the lights. I gotta say, I was really impressed with how much was put into the decorations. There were even lots where you could park throughout the drive and see sand sculptures, roast s’mores, ride a carousel, sit on santa’s lap [we did not!], and see holiday-themed artwork from local schools. They really did it up; I certainly got my Christmas-light fix for the season. So it wasn’t our local Airlie Gardens, but we were able to enjoy it with friends, making it even better!
Our trip wrapped up with a trip to King Street for some shopping, aka getting inspiration from Anthropologie [can we please get one to come to Wilmington?!!] and Williams Sonoma, and discovering an adorable USC merchandise store that’s popped up over the last year. Matt also allowed me to indulge in some Starbucks on the way home- what a keeper!
We so needed this trip to hug the necks of our dear friends but we are so happy to be home and get to snuggle our pup again! I hope your weekend was joyful and you’re refreshed for the week ahead.
Check back later this week for one of my favorite trends this winter season!
Shoot. It’s Monday already. I feel like I’ve been off work for so long- it’ll be hard to make myself go in this afternoon.
This weekend was spectacular. I had 3 days off work, Friday to myself and Saturday/ Sunday with Matt. We decided to revisit the local high school crowd at their football game on Friday night. We always have so much fun going and reminiscing about when we were there [almost 9 years ago!!]. This time we were cheering for the home team whose colors are black and orange. Those of you who know me, know that my dad would murder me if he found anything orange in my closet. I was sure I didn’t have anything.
Well I’m not sure where I got it, but I had one orange sweater- perfect for wearing that night. Don’t judge me, it’s totally burnt orange. This was also the first time I’ve ever left a sporting event before it ended- the home team was up 33-0 at the half. No thanks, those weren’t my Gamecocks and it was cold 😉
Matt and I celebrated our anniversary on Saturday beginning with him surprising me with a gift. I screamed and jumped when I discovered beautiful china on our dinner table. I never registered for china when we got married; we wanted to make sure we got our essentials. I know, a typical southern girl didn’t consider china… gasp. Honestly, I’ve been a little sad about it since but I found out I’d be getting a set from my mom… just as soon as we had somewhere to safely keep it. Then a couple of months ago Matt and I were at one of our local consignment stores in Wilmington. The Ivy Cottage is a massive, three building store that has some of the most amazing finds. We were browsing the selection when I came across a beautiful set of china for a ridiculously reasonable price. Matt so sweetly took note and actually went back that same day and bought it. He’s had it ever since! Y’all, I was in tears when he gave it to me.
I had already taken him to pick out his gift a couple of weeks ago. I knew I wanted to get him a fishing pole [or two] so we could start taking advantage of the local waterways, but I felt like he would enjoy picking them out, too. Boy was I right? We went on our day trip to Myrtle Beach a while back and he picked out 2 rod & reels, a sweet Bass Pro hat [totally necessary, of course] and some other goodies to fish in style. He’s already taken Leroy to the beach to try them out!
We also got to see his mom and friend that morning when they brought us some sweet treats from one of our favorites, The Confectionary. Mom also spoiled us with some beautiful ornaments marking our anniversary and new house to add to our growing collection for our Christmas tree. These are becoming so special to take out each year and place on the tree.
I wish we could still be relaxing during the weekend, but alas, it’s time to put my big girl pants on and jump back into the work grind. Join me later this week when I highlight the food we enjoyed over the weekend. That’s right, it deserves a post of its own!