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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving turkey

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Christmas ball with snow

 Christmas balls with snow

Christmas balls with snow

It’s been snowing up a storm here since Christmas Day.  I was tickled that first snowfall to look out our front window at the tree in our yard to see that the Christmas balls we’d put up all had snowy caps atop their little round heads.

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Another decade

Birthday Breakfast in Bed (yay for alliteration!)

Last Wednesday I turned 30 and I was spoiled rotten. Steve woke me up with breakfast in bed – pancakes, fresh fruit, maple syrup, and daisies.  Oh and a Kimba.  He was very interested in this whole eating in bed thing.

 

And the fresh flowers thing…

Kimbas stop to smell the flowers

Actually what woke me up was the sound of my cell phone vibrating on my bedside table.  I awoke to a message from a mysterious number, a message from my 30th birthday faery.  The rest of the day I received emails from this faery, some with clues to find my birthday present, and some to give me hints about what surprises were in store for the evening.  Also, throughout the day I received text messages from friends and family wishing me happy birthday.  Steve had suggested people text me because I would be checking my phone often (due to the faery) and because a lot of my close friends are not in Ottawa.  It was a thoughtful touch because it really did make me feel loved all day long ❤

I had no idea what we were doing in the evening, just that I needed to wear comfortable shoes and that I should dress up.  Comfortable shoes and dressing up don’t always go together but luckily I have a pair of heels that I love and are quite comfy to boot!

Our surprise evening consisted of appetizers at Must Kitchen, a restaurant neither of us had ever been to before, then a drop-in salsa dancing class at Caliente, and then dinner at Vittoria Trattoria, all in the market.  So much fun!  Neither of us had ever tried salsa dancing before so we just learned the basic moves, but it was fun grooving out to the sexy tunes 🙂  It’s definitely something I’d like to try again.

I thought it was going to be hard to say goodbye to my twenties, but 30 isn’t looking bad so far.  With a new year beginning, a new decade before me, and a new life inside of me, I’m definitely feeling very introspective lately.  I joined Mondo Beyondo again to embrace this mindset and see what intentions I want to set for myself this year and in life in general.  Last time I did that we ended up in a VW love bus traipsing across North America!  And I started this blog.  I can only imagine more wild and wonderful things are to come.  So I’m really looking forward to my 30th year 🙂

 

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Happy merry holiday!

Dante and our tree

Love Krista, Steve, Hobbes, Dante, and Kimba

 

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DIY Christmas Wreath

I saw this wreath on Pinterest and fell in love with it:

Pinterest wreath

My mom and I have been planning on making a similar wreath for a couple years now and just never got around to doing it before the holidays would sneak up on us.  This year we were determined!  We only got mine done, but with the two of us at it, it only took one evening to finish.  Click on the above photo to be redirected to the tutorial.  It’s easy and cheap to make.  You just need a base for the balls (I used a $6 floral wreath base from Michaels), styrofoam balls in at least two different sizes (available at dollar stores), yarn in the colour of your choice and a glue gun.

Here’s my finished wreath up on our door:

 

 

Christmas wreath

 

 

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Steve cutting the tree

One thing Steve and I really want to focus on when we have kids is the traditions of Christmas.  Inevitably the little kiddos are probably going to be pumped about all the loot they’re going to get from Santa and doting family – who doesn’t love presents?!  – but we’ll balance it out with traditions and a focus on hand-making gifts.  One of my favourite traditions is cutting down a Christmas tree.  This year, as with everything else, we left the tree kinda last minute.  As you can see in the above photo, there hasn’t been much snow this year and it’s been so mild that it just really didn’t feel like Christmas was coming so fast.  So we trekked out last weekend to cut down our tree.

Tree on our roof!

I don’t know if you can tell from the photos, but that is one big tree!  When we brought it to get shaken  — SIDENOTE:  I LOVE this part!  They put the tree trunk in a base that shakes it to get all the dead needles to fall out and it looks like the tree is being tickled and is laughing hysterically.  I laugh hysterically in response.  I can’t help it.  — the guy chuckled at how big it was and said it was going to be a challenge to wrap up.  It was!

Trekking through the cold to find the perfect tree for an hour, hauling that tree back through the fields, struggling to get it tied on the car (did I mention it was freezing?!), it was all worth it and I loved every second!  Afterwards you warm up by the big bonfire with some free hot chocolate and if you’re lucky, Santa comes by for a chat and a chortle – ho ho ho.

Do you have any favourite holiday traditions?

 

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