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celebrating christmas

22 Jan

{ok ok ok…I know I keep saying how things are getting crazy and how I’m going to catch up on posting but than I’m not catching up. I feel like I just keep making excuses. I don’t really know what is going on….I feel like my blogging motivation has been pretty low since before Christmas. I’m not sure why but I’m hoping I can get better again starting now. I really appreciate everyone out there who is still reading my blog}

I know this post is late but I want to tell you about our Christmas. It was a pretty quiet day but it was a really great day, better than I thought it would be. I knew Christmas was going to be really hard this year without my grandmother. It definitely was, but I think our family did a great job of just getting together and loving one another.

Dan and I started out the day with stockings. We decided not to do presents because we don’t have a lot of money but thought stockings would be fun. Dan did a great job with my stocking! Lots of yummy things and practical things because that is just who Dan is and I love it.

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We got ready for the day and headed over to my step-grandmother Barbara’s house for some snacks. Some of my step-dad’s siblings were there. We hung out for a bit and had some yummy food.

After that, we went over to my grandfather’s house for the rest of the day.

The house was warm and cozy and felt right for Christmas. For the past few years, we have been doing our family Christmas on a day other than Christmas so that everyone can be there. I’m so glad that we were able to all get together on Christmas this year because I think it made it easier.

We had lots of presents under the tree.

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Our family is definitely a present opening family. As soon as everyone was together, we decided to dive right in to the presents. I was nominated to be Santa so I passed out all of the presents. Our tradition is to do one present at a time so that everyone can see what everyone else is getting. It is my favorite way to open presents.

My mom and I both made Shutterfly books for everyone. She made books of just us 4 cousins with pictures of us throughout the years. I made books of just the 4 of us with DeDe, my grandmother. I think everyone loved both of the books.

When the presents were done, we just spent some time relaxing, listening to Ryan play some songs on the guitar. We also ate some delicious food.

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Julia and I also went through my grandmother’s jewelry so we could decide what we would like to keep and what we didn’t want. It made me sad but felt good to go through some things.

I made my brother and cousin put on their presents so I could get some pictures of them. Yay T-Rex!

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I love spending time with these people. With the exception of Joe, we all live pretty close to each other but I still don’t feel like I see them very often. Life gets so crazy. I wanted to make sure we got some family shots before we all headed home.

Love my little brother. He is one amazing person.

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And of course we had to get some with Bubby.

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For a day I thought was going to be so hard was actually really nice and relaxing. It was a great way to spend Christmas. As much as I miss DeDe, I’m so glad I still get to spend Christmas with these crazy people.

 

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do it yourself {photo frame}

11 Nov

I have been wanting to hang more pictures up around our apartment for a while. Dan isn’t really willing to hang a bunch of pictures up though, because of all the holes he’ll have to fill when we move. So I wanted to come up with a way to hang pictures without actually hanging a bunch of frames.

So thank you Pinterest for, once again, having brilliant ideas for me use.

I found this amazing frame project on Pinterest. It is from the goodwillionaire blog and I loved it as soon as I saw it. I knew it would be perfect for what I wanted.

Now I just needed to find an awesome frame to use and I would be all set.

Finding a frame proved to be a little more difficult. I never saw frames like this at thrift stores. Dan I looked at Home Goods because we have a gift card and we found some that would have worked and we would have only had to pay about $15ish after the gift card. We decided to still keep looking. Our next stop was ReStore, which benefits Habitat for Humanity. We were thinking maybe we could find a cool old window or something. We didn’t find an old window but we came across 2 huge frames for only $5 each! The picture was super ugly and the frame was just a plain wooden frame, already painted my favorite color of teal, but the frame was really big and I knew it would work. So we bought both.

We threw out the pictures and the mats because they were old and dirty. We decided to save the glass just in case we might need it for something in the future. And we pulled out all the staples from the back so we were just left with the frame.

The paint was a little worn out and I didn’t like that you could see a line of unpainted wood on the inside, so I decided to do a quick coat of teal just to clean it up. {I somehow missed taking a picture of the new paint job but the colors were pretty close}

I bought twine to use to hang the pictures on and used a glue gun to attach it to the frame. I spaced each line of twine out by 6 inches so there would be a little space around the pictures. I wanted to use twine because I like the way it looks kind of rustic.

I let the hot glue dry for a couple hours to make sure it was really secure.

I used mini clothespins that I bought at WalMart to attach the pictures to the twine. I had a few wedding pictures that I knew I wanted to include on this so I put those on first. I had just ordered 101 free prints from Shutterfly the day before, so I just had to wait for those to come before I had more pictures to hang.

Last night, when we got home from a long day, there was the orange package from Shutterfly sitting by our mailbox. I knew I wanted to hang more pictures up right away. So, even though I was exhausted, I looked through those pictures and hung more up right away.

I absolutely love the way this turned out. I would love to have a fancier frame at some point but I think this works amazingly until then. I love how easy it will be to change pictures out as we do more activities and want to include those new pictures. And I love love love being able to hang more pictures up without putting tons of holes in the walls.

What do you guys think?

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