christmas in review

Can you believe another Christmas has come and gone?
Time is flying by so fast these days, in large part, I'm sure, because the wedding is in 8 days.
We decided to put all planning aside during the holiday though
because we didn't want to cloud one with the other, 
and we really wanted to make sure that this Christmas was as special as possible.

You see, this Christmas was the first year that my sisters and I all had our significant others with us,
and we got to spend Christmas as one big happy family.

We even had my brother-in-law's sister, Rachel, come up for the day.
Though his family is Jewish,
we celebrate Chrismakkuh every year, and Rachel has been a fixture in our lives for 11 years.
It was so wonderful to be together and hike in the woods on Christmas day.

^^^ Ryan, Moi, Adam, Nikki, Rachel, Kristina and Josh. (Ryan & I are not equipped for hiking)

We spent our two tiny days off playing far too many aggressive games Settlers of Catan,
inappropriate forays into Cards Against Humanity (with my father!!!),
a game of celebrity, in which we actually got my poor mother to play charades,
and generally laughed too much, too loudly and too often...though there's no such thing.
^^^ Rachel & Kristina, Ryan and I, the parents <3
^^^ Flyer played Settler's of Catan with us, a frozen Swift River, Ryan & Josh in their #ChristmasJammies

And now, with just 8 days left until the wedding, 
I'm officially going nuts over the last-minute details. 
I'm telling you, even with a tiny, bitty little wedding, it's madness.
Here's hoping it all comes together in the end!


  1. Trust me! You're wedding will be BEAUTIFUL, everything will come together, and if something goes wrong? Just remember it's not the end of the world. I know us girls try so hard to make everything perfect for one of the most important days of our lives, but looking back, I just wish I enjoyed actually being ENGAGED, towards the end I was so frustrated and over the planning. Now I miss it!

    1. I'm sure I'm going to miss being engaged after the fact, but now I just wish the day was here already! Between work and last-minute planning, I've been crazy stressed! Thank you for your sweet comment :)

  2. OMG 8 DAYS!!!! EEEKKKKE I can't wait to see pictures and hear all about it

  3. I'm taking notes on how to dress in the snow and still look cute. Your wedding will be beautiful, at this point, you should be doing tiny deets and enjoying being a fiance. It's one of the funnest things I've ever done

  4. What a great way to celebrate! The hike sounds wonderful even though it was super chilly here! Can't believe it is only 8 days away!! I am sure everything will come together perfectly!

  5. Awh I'm so glad you had a good holiday! That's so cool that you got to spend the holiday with everyone! And eight days?! Holy cow I'm sure you're so excited! I'm excited for you! I hope its the perfect day!

  6. Glad you had such a great holiday, and ahhh it's sooooo close!

  7. Your wedding is going to be gorgeous!! I can't believe it's only 8 days left!!!

  8. I can't believe the wedding is almost here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just want to scream and jump up and down and clap my hands together like an excited FREAK! So nice that you got to spend such a great Christmas with everyone. :)