Monday, December 31, 2012

Jazz Game in the KeyBank Suite


Over Christmas my brother invited Andrew and I to see the Jazz play the Clippers at Energy Solutions Arena in the KeyBank Suite! At first, Andrew and I weren't sure if we could arrange our work schedules, but in the end it worked out and with the weather cooperating, we made it out there last Friday night. Being in the suite was so, so nice! They served us a great dinner of barbeque beef sandwiches, potato chips and green salad with tortilla chips and guacamole. To drink we had a mini fridge stocked with all kinds of juice and soda. Then we had regular and white chocolate popcorn to munch on and at halftime, there was apple cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream. So yummy! Also, we even had our own personal bathroom. ;)

Here's a random fact about me...I know the Kardashian's get a bad rap, but I secretly like their show. ;) Anyway, Khloe's husband Lamar Odom plays for the Clippers so I was kind of excited to watch him play. He's in the white jersey #7.

Thanks again, Doug, for inviting us! We had a great time!


Merry Christmas!

This year Andrew and I tried to keep the gifts to each other to a minimum because our present to each other is a trip to Hawaii in January! Even so we were still very spoiled by our families. :) I had a very merry pineapple Christmas at home this year (as I've been calling it!) and I was so into taking pictures of all my pineapple presents that I forgot to take our regular "loot" pictures! Oh well, I guess, but I did get a picture of the chairs that Andrew's parents gave us for Christmas. I think they fit us perfectly!

Mele Kalikimaka!


Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Goodies 2012

For our Christmas goodies this year, I once again made homemade caramels. I think everyone that we give them to looks forward to getting them each year and I like to hear that! Since I'm so into monograms lately, I also got each family a stocking charm of the first letter of their last name. A fun idea, I thought and everyone seemed to enjoy them as well. A couple people even put them on their trees right away. :)


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Co-Worker Gifts

For Christmas I always like to give my co-workers a little gift. This year I decided a hand soap from Bath & Body Works would be a fun gift! When I was standing in line at the store to buy the soap, I noticed a sign that advertised free gift wrapping materials with purchase so I asked for the amount that I needed and they supplied the bags, ribbon and tags. All I had to do was put them all together. How cute are these now?! I would definitely love to get a gift like this, which is why I loved giving them to my co-workers. :)

12 Days of Christmas Crackers

This year I ordered Christmas crackers from Williams-Sonoma for Andrew and I to countdown the 12 days before Christmas. As far as I understand it's an English tradition and each cracker contains something inside. We got the smaller crackers and they each have a charade game, a joke and a quiz. It's been kind of fun to pop one each night and smile at the ridiculous jokes together. ;) Next year I think I'll order the larger crackers that have a small trinket and a paper crown in each one as the tradition goes.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Card 2012

Normally I like to send out our Christmas card with a picture of Andrew and I inside from a trip we took that year, but in 2012 we took 2 vacations. The first was a cruise in Alaska and the second was a quick 3-day trip to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. Since I wanted to include pictures from both of those trips, we decided to do a collage card and include pictures of our fur children as well. ;) I actually think it's my most favorite card that Andrew and I have ever sent out!

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Tree 2012

Last year our tree was so full of ornaments that mean something to Andrew and I that I couldn't hang any of my pretty ball ornaments so this year I decided it was time to have 2 trees...The pretty real tree in the front window and I bought an artificial skinny tree for our family room so we could still display all our favorite ornaments too. So here are our Christmas trees for 2012! I actually really like having a 2nd tree because I can have a pretty tree, we can still enjoy all our favorite ornaments and it's fun having a tree in our family room too. :)