Tuesday, November 29, 2011

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas!

the best thing about thanksgiving (other than eating really good food, relaxing, eating pie, relaxing, drinking wine, then eating more pie followed by more relaxing) is that right after thanksgiving it's CHRISTMASTIME!!

on sunday, we put away all of our fall decorations and pulled out the christmas decor. we put our tree up, drank hot chocolate with about fifty marshmallows each and listened to a little christmas music - yes, i am super cheesy and i love that nick plays along.

nick and i also did our fourth annual ornament exchange. i can't believe this is our fourth christmas together!

each year, nick and i buy an ornament (or two) for each other that is significant for the year, and exchange them when we decorate our tree. it's kind of hard to keep track of the past years, so i take a little permanent marker and write the year on the ornament in an inconspicuous spot.

this june, nick and i vacationed in barbados with some of our closest friends. we took a shot of tequila every morning, lounged in a hot tub when it poured outside, had a dance party on a catamaran and swam with sea "teurdles." we also said "i like teurdles" a lot!

so i got my love a shiny little sea turtle!

and nick gave me popcorn!! i don't think it's any surprise that i love popcorn. i have posted about popcorn like 24 times.

also, when nick and i first started dating in 2008, nick's mom gave me a whirley pop for homemade popcorn... but i was always lazy and microwave popcorn just seemed so much easier. well, our cute little new house has everything we need except a microwave! at first i was so bummed because i didn't think i'd be able to eat my popcorn, but i learned how to use my whirley pop and it is SO MUCH BETTER than microwaveable. and now i use that thing like once a week. oh, and i love going to movies and can eat my weight in popcorn. so, in other words, my husband knows me well!

it is so fun looking back at the ornaments from our past years and reminiscing as we decorate our tree! 
and, i love this year's new additions!

can you spot some of the ornaments from our past exchanges?
{here are the clues: christmas 2008, 2009 and 2010!}


Emily said...

Your tree is beautiful! What settings on your camera did you use to get the glowing picture? I can't get any to turn out like that!

Courtney said...

Your tree looks amazing! My boyfriend and I exchange ornaments too. That reminds me, I need to get him one :)

Justine said...

Haha I love the "teurdle"! Great memories :)

Ashley said...

So cute! There is something about a tree jumbled with ornaments that have distinct memories. Makes Christmas even better!

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Love this tradition!

Jaclyn said...

i love xmas too - what a great tradition!

Lindsay said...

We exchange ornaments too! One of my favorite traditions :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Love that popcorn ornament!!! Your tree is looking good!