Monday, December 31, 2012

What Are You Doing?

Last year, The Hubby and I spent NYE in gorgeous San Francisco. This year, we're spending it in our own home since we already took a quick trip to Austin for our wedding anniversary.

What are your plans for celebrating the New Year?


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Three Years Ago

A little over three years ago, The Hubby and I got married in front of all of our family and friends.

We celebrated our anniversary by staying at the gorgeous seven room Heywood Hotel in East Austin. Our charming little room included a private balcony, free hot chocolate, and even a shower with a skylight. 

The day was spent shopping and shopping some more. The two of us enjoyed the most amazing dinner at Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, which is now one of our favorite restaurants ever, and you know just how much we like to eat. We were in bed by nine and hid out in our room from the cold winter night.

The Hubby walked to a shady taco trailer, Veracruz All Natural, early the next morning and brought back some fantastic breakfast tacos and a tasty barbacoa torta sandwich. After breakfast, we indulged in the most luxurious toiletries. My hair looked fabulous thanks to fancy Kevin Murphy shampoo and I had to resist stealing the bottle.

We took a mid-morning nap before having to checkout and enjoyed the wonderful bed linens one more time. Before heading back home, we grabbed some very expensive juice at the Daily Juice and walked around the city and did some more shopping.

I told The Hubby that I didn't want to leave Austin and return back to reality. He responded, "Reality isn't that bad." And he's so right! We're very fortunate people, mostly because of my husband's accomplishments and hard work.

Thanks, Hubby, for giving Bella and I the most amazing life. We love you!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Our Very Merry Christmas

We were especially excited to celebrate Christmas this year because it was our first one with just the three of us. Although we missed our friends and family dearly, we were happy to actually put up all our new decorations in a home of our own. The two of us had never bothered with decorating before because we were never home to enjoy it all. The Hubby and I went a little overboard in purchasing holiday trimmings as we had to start from scratch. The trick is to buy everything on clearance the year before. 

Our Christmas gifts were only put out under the tree on December 23rd. We made the mistake of setting them out in November and this happened:

Yes. This really happened. Amazingly, most of the gifts went unscathed, although I was really peeved that I wasted three hours of my time wrapping everything. I think this was Bella's way of telling us that we shouldn't decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving is over. 

Our favorite Christmas decoration was this amazing train set that The Hubby's grandparents gifted us. I had called his grandmother inquiring about a train set The Hubby had as a child. They no longer had it so they bought us a new one! We are so excited to share this gift with our kids in the future.

Bella, of course, hates the thing and barks at it aggressively whenever we have it running. She even jumps on the couch, that little punk!

Our train is appropriately in Army camouflage and even emits steam when running at full speed!
 Since The Hubby had to work on Christmas, we opened up all of our gifts the morning of Christmas Eve. We really went all out for each other this year with gifts thanks to me actually bringing in a paycheck every month. The Hubby was definitely the more generous gift giver and I was given so many things that I had been wanting for years. 

The funniest gift was this magnet with an image of a yellow labrador retriever and the words, "I ate it." Bella was given a nice bone and a new stuffed toy in her stocking. What a treat! 
We invited a couple of friends over for dinner that evening. I have to give my husband all the credit for cooking that night. His prosciutto wrapped red potatoes were delicious and perfectly paired with our honey smoked ham and green bean casserole. 
Of course, we had plenty of cookies for dessert.

And we took it easy in front of a crackling fire the rest of the night.
The next morning, The Hubby went to work his 24-hour shift. I was able to see him for a bit when the two of us went to hand out homemade cookies to the other Soldiers unfortunate enough to work on Christmas Day. The day was a little sad, but I'm still so thankful that my husband is not deployed and in the States this year because we may not always be this fortunate. 
A huge thanks to all our family members w ho sent the most amazing and thoughtful gifts. We miss you all so much and hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Card Outtakes

Inspired by this Pinterest pin, I stuck a wreath around Bella's neck and took some pictures.

And then Bella started tearing off the ornaments...

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Howlidays!

Bella wishes all of you a bright and merry Christmas!