Monday, December 31, 2012

Highlights 2012

Continuing the tradition from last year, here are our 2012 highlights:

  1. Jon and I celebrated our first New Year's Eve and New Year's Day as a married couple. Huzzah! {We also celebrated our first Valentine's Day, Spring Break, MLK, Jr. Day, etc. as a married couple, but I won't cheat and bog down our highlights list with stuff like that. ;) }
  2. We purchased our first home in the spring of 2012. We were/are so excited to put down some roots!
  3. We painted our entire house, and J played Mr. Fix It with the master bathroom, kitchen sink, guest bedroom, guest bathroom, and outside gate. Actually, a lot of that was just upgrading, so maybe he was playing Mr. Upgrade It. Either way, it was a little bit of a pain to DIY it, but I think we will always look back and take pride in our work. 
  4. Jon got a new job. It's a bit of a long drive, and his hours are little unique, but I think God has a reason for everything, and we are just thankful for the new opportunity. 
  5. We celebrated our one year anniversary as a married couple. We wanted to go on an anniversary trip, but money was a bit tight, so we're attempting to take that trip this coming summer. :)
  6. I got a new job. Every day, I am reminded how blessed I am to work in such a positive building with wonderful students, colleagues, and admin. 
  7. All repairs and needed upgrades have been made to our house, so all that's left is to put on some finishing touches. I suspect we'll be adding those for years. :)
  8. We are 1-2 months away from paying off one of my student loans completely. I know it's a little tacky to talk about money with others, but we've been working really hard to get rid of my stupid student debt. I can't wait to call Dave Ramsey and tell him we are debt free!
If this were a list of all our blessings, it would be much longer. I guess 2012 wasn't as exciting as 2011, since I couldn't think of 10 solid things to put on the highlight list. ;) Oh, well. Here's to a happy new year!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Elf Yourself: 2012

If you enjoyed last year's JibJab video, read on. {I heard there is a very special red-headed niece that thoroughly enjoyed it...hi, A!}

This year, I found out they have a free app for the iPad, so I was all over it.

{I'm crossing my fingers that I am uploading this video correctly. Trust me: you WANT to watch this. It makes me giggle out loud.}

Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Turns out, I'm SO not good at keeping up with blogging during my first year of teaching a new subject at a new school in a new state.

But I'm not complaining. :)

I loooovveeee my job!! And J loovvveessss his new one, as well, so life is really good for us right now.

I've been in a reflective mood for the past few weeks, and I've been thinking about how far we've come in one year. At this time last year, we were SO worried about money, still living in that third-floor apartment with crazy and loud neighbors, and house hunting. J was in a job that he really liked, but the hours were stressful and work never seemed to be left at work. I was subbing (I job I didn't much like -- I won't lie) and tutoring while searching for my dream job and wondering if I would ever find it. While we were definitely still blessed at this time last year, I think about how our lives have been flipped-turned-upside-down {Fresh Prince style} since then, and I just want to take a moment to give all thanks to God for continually taking care of us.


Sorry for the sap. Moving on.

Last year, J and I snagged some Christmas decorations from Home Depot and such for some fabulous prices right after the holiday was over. J loves Christmas decorations, so he was pretty quick to set them up outside our {still new to us} house. We also got to borrow some decorations from J's parents, so we have a little nativity scene and some cute little bows and candy canes and things, too:

J decorated the mantel while I was working on lesson plans...sweet guy!
We wrestled with a camera and tripod to try to get our Christmas card picture for the year. Man, that is a lot harder than you'd think. In every picture, I could nitpick about something -- an eye wasn't open enough, my necklace was crooked, I thought I looked "SO fat," etc. We probably took 20 pictures total, and we managed to come up with a couple good ones. :) Here is one I like, taken in front of our Christmas tree:

My hair isn't holding up very well, since it had been curled approximately 8 hours earlier at this point, but I'd like you to notice that I am no longer a Hair Idiot. ;)


I got really interested in digital designs last year, and I vowed that I would make our Christmas card myself for 2012.

Much like my New Year's resolutions from 2011, I failed miserably at that. :)

I found a cute little shop on Etsy that was willing to make a personalized file for me on the cheap, so the following design is from Pink Pickle Studios and is our 2012 Christmas card:

{Click to enlarge}

I'm happy with the way it turned out -- cheap but cute: just the way I like things. :) I turned it into a postcard at Zazzle, but I goofed and didn't order enough. If you didn't receive one in the mail from us, consider this digital version our Christmas card to you this year.