dear youtube, thank you for helping me determine that our washing machine was, in fact, broken and for showing me how to fix it so easily!
and then there is this (unfortunately they re-did the video & added annoying extra commentary – skip that part. the little boy is incredible!):
it took everything in me to not put up our advent calendar the day we got it. this is the first time either one of us has done an advent calendar, and we for sure picked a stellar one – this beauty from naptime diaries. it was my favorite decoration, and it was my very favorite way to end each day.
this month was full of great highs & hard lows…
but through both, we learned deeper value in God’s vision of marriage. and we are so, so thankful.
our little JulieAnne is still rockin’ through the winter, still giving us beautiful lemons. it’s, like, “infinity x ten” times better than a unity candle. and the flowers that are still blooming in december…in minnesota?! our house smells heavenly with the sweetest smelling perfume.
our contribution to christmas eve dinner was, per usual, dessert. we ended up tweaking this gingerbread latte cake with this eggnog buttercream. YUM!
my absolute favorite memory of our first married christmas was christmas morning with just us. it was more special than i imagined it could be.
we got to have a fun new year’s eve night with just the girls while we sent michael & joy to the thunder game. it was our second annual celebration, kicked off with pan-a-cakes for dinner :o)
i displayed the depth of my ridiculousness when dustin was at drill this month. thanks to pinterest & my sister-in-law, i took our oven door apart & cleaned every surface possible. it was a pain (although not as bad as i had imagined it could be), but it was finally truly clean. and that made it worth it.
ohmygoodness – this boy & his pup. so sweet! you have to see the sweet pictures in this blog; i can’t even handle the cuteness overload!
if this isn’t a marking moment, i don’t know what is: dustin has truly been initiated as a minnesotan after having tater tot hot dish!
we have been introduced to the deliciousness of hot toddies, and we are smitten. they’re extra delicious with lemons from our lemon tree & local honey.
we got to have a weekend with eli, and “backgack” came, too. it was something i’ll remember for a long, long time.
i am so glad our first real holiday together since we got married was thanksgiving. it was a simple, special day, and we really did spend it focused on how much we have to be thankful for.
we got our first crawford family christmas tree!
i’m loving what i think i can now call, since we’ve done it two years in a row, our first true family tradition: decorating our christmas tree while watching christmas movies (national lampoon’s christmas vacation, elf, the santa clause). we watched SO FUN! more so this year, since at the end of the night, we got to go up to bed together versus in separate houses :o)