Friday, January 6, 2012

happy 2012!

{rusty kept knocking our second tree of the season over. it never got any ornaments.}

I can't believe it's already 2012! I hope you all had wonderful and happy holidays!

I took a much needed blogging break and gave my brain a rest. Posting every day is hard work! But I think I've settled in to my new work routine and I'm hoping to get back into the swing of my online world. I've really missed you all!

So here is a little glimpse at my last month of 2011:

{the magic tree in front of our favorite gathering spot}

While poor Steven was stuck at home with the flu, I met with some out-of-town friends for a drink. They're only two hours away, but we don't see them as much as we should!

{a few of the presents I gifted}

I got all my Christmas shopping done by December 17th and wrapped all the gifts in kraft paper. I gussied them up by making ribbon out of strips of fabric and tying pretty little bows.

 {our stockings hung out of the cats reach, with care}

I did a little decorating, but not as much as last year. The cats managed to break our big, artificial tree. It was not reparable, so we chucked it into a nearby dumpster. I put up our smaller, artificial tree, but it never really felt the same. And Rusty had a blast pulling the tree over, which is why it never got any ornaments. We decided we need a tree with a 50 pound cement base. ;)

{rusty taking a little nap}

I spent extra time snuggling with my kitties before I left town. Steven and I were both gone the same week (December 21st to the 28th). I was with my family in the Chicago area, Steven was, unfortunately, down in Shreveport working the bowl game. He usually heads to the Chicago area to spend time with his family, too.

{my super yummy chicago-style dogs}

We made it to Chicago-land and our first stop was for Portillo's. I always get two hot dogs with pickles, tomatoes and ketchup. I could really go for another couple right now...

{our gingerbread house}

My aunt had picked up a gingerbread house kit for my Grandma, and she waited for me and my sister to get there to help her put it together. I ended up helping her by myself one morning while my sister slept in. I was worried we'd run out of time otherwise!

{bailey's is my new favorite}

I had a few glasses of Bailey's Irish Cream with some whipped cream swirled on top during the week, and even made one up for my Grandma! It's a new favorite for sure.

Now I'm back home, getting into the grove of the new year. {I mean seriously. How is it 2012 already?!} And I have some other exciting news... but that's coming in its own post. :)

Stay tuned!

xoxo, christa


  1. These pictures make me so happy. I hope you have an amazing 2012 Christa!

  2. I sympathize! We gave up on xmas trees many years ago! Now we have a "xmas table" where we put the presents and hang the ornaments on fishing line from the ceiling. It's very festive!

    I was SO glad to see them stringing the lights in front of Shakespeare's after thanksgiving. It's really wonderful, isn't it?!

    Happy new year! xxoo Patty & Bhu


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