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A Snapshot of Our First Christmas Decorations




Made this rock family when I was in second grade. I still love it. :)

Christmas Visit to California

So I am a little behind on blogging because we just moved apartments (now 2 bedrooms - yay!) so here is one of the posts I have been meaning to put up. A week or so before Christmas we went to California to visit to visit Lance's family. When we got there, we went to a place where a church creates a fake city of Bethlehem and they act out the nativity as if you were there in the city when it happened.
It was really neat!
I also got to participate in the Baxter family tradition of playing Christmas songs with home made chimes! We also got to play with our cute nieces who I miss so much!
The next day we went out for a trip around the town and Lance showed me the home that he had spent some of his childhood in, his old schools, and places he and his friends would go play pranks. We also found me some earmuffs (which are super hard to find in AZ).
Snapped this in Lance's old neighborhood on a walk we took... He showed me where he used to have a tree house with his friends.
Later that night we had dinner with Lance's parents and Katie & David. David is one of Lance's best friends from growing up and he had just proposed to Katie (who we love) a week earlier! We were so excited to see them and hear the engagement story in detail! After dinner we went with David and Katie to Jon and Tamara's house to go on a triple date. We all went out looking at Christmas lights and found some fantastic houses! Here are the three trouble makers with Santa!
New discovery = 7 Eleven Hot Chocolate > Starbucks Hot Chocolate = Cheaper too!
Here's the whole gang! Loved hanging out with them!
The next day we took it easy and napped and watched Christmas movies! Then after dinner with Lance's parents and his sister and her husband, we all went to look at more Christmas lights. We thought this house was incredible!
Clever next door neighbors... If you can't beat em, join em.
The next day we window shopped in town and found a few sweet hand made Christmas gifts. It was so nice to feel the chilly air and wear winter clothes.
We grabbed lunch at Subway before we had to head to the airport. Here is Lance with his mom. Overall it was a wonderful trip and so nice to see family and friends!

Sorry for the Long Silence

We're moving to a new apartment and working on that is taking up all of our time!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our home to yours! :)

Nashville Day Two

So on day two of our trip to Nashville, we went to the national Civil War Relic Convention. My dad (who digs and collects relics) was super excited. He has passed on the fascination in the Civil War to me, so I always enjoy things like that. But to my dad, it's like Disneyland! Here's the hubby in a Civil War cap.
After a few hours at the convention, my mom, Lance, and I left my dad there to go explore a nearby city called Franklin. The wind was blowing and Lance made me stop in a cross walk to take my picture. My silly husband sure does make me feel pretty...
We grabbed lunch at a place called Mellow Mushroom. Their pizza was delicious!
We window shopped and it was just perfect...
We then went back to pick up my dad. I saw this shirt and thought it was pretty hilarious!
Loved this little gazebo outside of the convention... Chilly air and Christmas lights.
After the convention, we went into Nashville again to go see the ICE show. Each year ice sculptors come from all over the world and spend months carving an entire story from colored ice. Two years ago my dad and I went to see it and they had each scene from Charlie Brown carved out of larger-than-life-size colored ice. They give you giant blue jackets to wear because it's so freezing to keep the ice perfectly frozen! This year it was Madagascar!

One room was a giant carving that made four ice slides!
Isn't this neat! Completely made of ice!
The whole thing was super neat and if you never go to Nashville in December go see ICE by the Opryland hotel!
Speaking of the Opryland hotel, it's incredible! There is a river running through the inside of the hotel with the biggest Christmas tree ever... Not to mention the city inside of it with little stores.
After we visited the hotel we went to grab dinner and saw this on the way! Dukes of Hazzard!
At dinner there was a catfish pond next to us so here is me being a scary catfish. I sure do love Southern food.
We had such a wonderful weekend there and it was a trip to remember for sure!

Siri? Hey just like the iPhone!

Yep that's pretty much what I am doomed to hear every time I introduce myself for the rest of my life...

For your information this is the real Siri:


Not this:


This:


Not this:


We have a few things in common because we are smart and all, but the Real Siri (me) can make Swedish pancakes, put her legs behind her head, and will someday give birth. Try that Siri! I guess I'll have to live with the best app to date being named after me... but for the record, I came WAY before the iPhone... :)

Nashville Day One

So remember when I said I got a weekend break during finals and we went to Nashville for two days with my parents? Well here are some of the promised pictures. My parents picked us up from the airport and we headed straight for Loveless cafe... Second time I have been there and just as delicious as the first.
We love this sign with the pig who is so excited that he is going to be eaten!
Also, just about every famous person on the East Coast has eaten at Loveless Cafe because of their yummy Southern food, so I found one of my favorites on the wall- Martina McBride!
Loved this hat!
This was the nativity scene out in front of the cafe... that's another thing about the South that I love - everyone is proud of their religion on not afraid to show it.
Gross... Lance found a bacon wallet and bacon bandaids in the gift shop!
And I love this old tractor that's outside! It was there two years ago the first time I went to Loveless with my dad!

After Loveless Cafe, we went to downtown Nashville and to window shop before it was time for our show at the Grand Ole Opry Ryman. We noticed Montgomery Gentry's bus in the parking lot and took a picture. Shortly thereafter we found out that they were in the show! The Opry shows change all the time so when you buy tickets you never really know who you will get to see. We ended up with some greats at our show!
Window shopping!


Finally in the Grand Ole Opry Ryman going to find our seats!
The show began and we heard Montgomery Gentry...
Alison Krauss... (She sings "You say it best, when you say nothing at all")
And yes, Dierks Bentley! He sang his new patriotic song and we loved it! We also saw a ton of other wonderful people like Bill Anderson! Such a fun show!
And on the recommendation of our friend Brittany, who is going to school in Nashville at Vanderbilt, we went to a nearby ice cream shop for a treat after the show!


Finally we headed back to the car. My dad had me take his picture in front of the Montgomery Gentry bus again, secretly hoping that they would come out and say hi. No such luck, but it sure was a fun first day there!