Lessons Learned…

3 Jan

… over my Christmas vacation.

* Making gingerbread houses, even the pre-made ones, isn’t as easy as it looks. You also may or may not have your hands covered in red, green and white icing.

* Additionally, even though you are 27 some parts of the houses will come out looking like a two year old did them.

* There is nothing sweeter than spending four hours in the kitchen churning out baked goods to get the family through the holiday season. Bonus: the way Knight’s eyes light up when he enjoys some of the confections I make.

* If the weathermen say it is really going to snow, believe them. It will happen. And may attempt to interfere with all of your plans even if it is just a few inches.

* Some men really know how to shop and give Christmas presents. Knight is included in this list (as is my brother and dad).

* Getting up before everyone else on Christmas Day gives you time to prepare not only the cheesy potatoes that everyone relies on you for, but also time to enjoy quiet time by the tree and reflecting on all the joy in your life.

* Don’t be surprised if for some strange reason, the day that you’re supposed to meet Knight’s extended family you wake up covered from head-to-toe in unexplicable, painful, terrible hives. (And when they refuse to go away after 48 hours, thus landing you on a week’s worth of steroids.)

* Do be a trooper, take Benadryl, drink lots of water, put on a strategically placed scarf and sweater, and forge on to meet the aforementioned extended family.

* There are some men who will still tell you’re beautiful even if you look like a Red Monster thanks to the hives. This means Knight. This means he is super awesome. This also means you can have pictures of him now….

* There is nothing good on daytime tv. Ever.

* It gets a lot harder to sleep in as you get older so make the most of the early daytime hours and allow yourself a nap in the afternoon.

* Be ok with the fact that you’re not a New Year’s resolution person, but instead resolve to live with one simple intention throughout 2011.

* Silly family photo shoots in front of the Christmas Tree? A must.

* Your family is still the best. Never forget this.


22 Responses to “Lessons Learned…”

  1. Lisa from Lisa's Yarns January 3, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    Aw, I love this post! Esp the pictures of you & Knight! You guys look so, so happy! Love it. :) Sounds like a wonderful holiday season. I also love the pics of you & your brother. Too cute.

  2. Megan January 3, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    Love this! Glad we could see pictures of Knight. :D

  3. Kyla Roma January 3, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    Ah! I love the pictures of you two! :) :)
    It looks like you guys had an amazing holiday <3

  4. Becky January 3, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Yay for pictures! What did he get you for Christmas? And don’t worry, you are not alone in the not-great-at-making-gingerbread-houses skills. Trust me.

  5. ria January 3, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    squee!! yay for the picture of Knight!

  6. Suburban Sweetheart January 3, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Your man sure is cute, my dear. So glad it was a great holiday. Um, sans hives…

  7. mandy January 3, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    My heart is literally bursting with happiness for you! Seeing pictures of you and the Knight. Ahhh! I am glad that your holidays were so fantastically awesome (minus the hives part).

    Sending you big hugs, lots of love, and wishing you nothing but happiness in the New Year, friend!

  8. phampants January 3, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Not gonna lie, kinda disappointed that Knight was not in shining armor. :)

  9. Stephany January 3, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Woohoo, love the pictures of you and Knight! Yay! I’m so happy you had a great holiday.

    I am terrible (TERRIBLE!) at making gingerbread houses. My mom and I even went to a class to learn how to make one better but we are basically beyond any help. ;)

  10. Habbala January 3, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Seriously best pictures of you and him ever. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

    I miss you. Let’s talk all day. KTHNXBAI

  11. AshleyD January 3, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    So so so so so happy for you!

  12. Liz January 3, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    I just knew 27 would be your year. yay!

  13. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair January 3, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    First, you are so freaking pretty!

    Second, I missed you!

    Third, how adorable are you and Knight?? You look so happy together!!

    Fourth, hives? eeeeiii, that does not sound fun at all. Good for you for being a trooper though!

  14. Emily Jane January 3, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Awww, great photos, I’m glad you guys had such a wonderful Christmas! AAAAAND I can totally relate to your hives experience! I remember meeting a high school boyfriend’s parents for the first time at a fancy restaurant, and completely breaking out in hives as a result of the macadamia-nut infused cookie I’d had that afternoon. Being covered in lumps and redness and not being able to stop scratching yourself makes a GREAT first impression :)

    Happy new year!

  15. katelin January 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    okay boo on the hives, but yay to everything else! looks so fun and love those pictures. happy new year nora! :)

  16. Cait January 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    Sounds like a fantabulous holiday for you (excluding the hives, eep!) – I’m so glad we get to see pictures of Knight! You two look so cute together. :)

    Happy New Year!

  17. Mel January 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    So happy for you! And he’s cute. :)

  18. Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks January 4, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    I love how much you appreciate the small things. The details. The moving parts of our lives. You’re a really special person and deserve all these wonderful moments to pepper your days!

  19. Jessica January 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    LOVE the photos! And you’re right, the best feeling is when someone you love eats your baked goods and has that LOOK of just loving them. That is the best.

  20. michelle January 10, 2011 at 12:54 am #

    too cute! yay for pictures :)

  21. rachieannie January 14, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Ok I know this is WAY late, but we moved and we won’t have Internet and my laptop needs a power cord, which leaves me at the mercy of my in-laws computer, blah blah blah. Anyways, all that to say I am finally getting caught up on my Reader and I couldn’t let this post go without a comment. You two are simply beautiful together and I love how radiant you look. So happy that you’re happy!

  22. Tabitha February 1, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    I am so. far. behind. on blog reading! So I’m stopping by as many posts as I can today. FYI – Knight is super good looking! Can’t wait to catch up on more of your latest blogs to learn about him.

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