2010 has no doubt been the most exciting and significant year that I have experienced in my 22 years. I am so thankful for such a wonderful year. This year has involved more beginnings and endings than any other year! I usually have a hard time with change, but there have been so many happy changes this year and I have much to be thankful for...
January 2010, My mom and Frank got married.
March 2010, Fletcher gives me one of my favorite birthday presents ever! The birthday present that has forever changed my blog, memories, and picture frames!
April 2010, I'm an aunt! Ev makes her debut into the world on Fletcher's birthday!
May 2010, I graduated from Auburn and said goodbye to life in the Beach House, and the life in Auburn that I had come to love so much in my 4 years there.
June 1, 2010...I began life in the real world and started my job at Ashley Mac's.
June 26, 2010. I said "Yes" to the sweetest boy I've ever known and began a whirlwind of wedding planning.
September 2010, Bachelorette party at the Lake!
October 2010, Found out my life as an aunt was about to be double the fun, turns out there is a baby underneath that pink shirt on the left!
November 6th, 2010. I marry my best friend.
December 2010, enjoy our first newlywed Christmas season!
There is already so much that I am excited about in 2011, but 2010 has been so great it's kinda sad to see it end! I look back at 2010 with a full heart and look forward to seeing all the Lord has in store for 2011!
The day after Christmas I hit the road to Memphis. I have never had such negative feelings towards snow as I did that morning! I couldn't believe when I woke up to snow on the ground and roads! I was determined to make the trip so even though it took longer than usual, I made it safe and sound! I was so happy to get some time in Memphis (32 hours to be exact) and to see my family, but I was wishing Fletcher would have been able to be there with me!
We opened presents Sunday afternoon and then had a big Christmas dinner.
It was fun to celebrate Ev's first Christmas! Even though her favorite part of her presents was definitely the wrapping paper. But look how cute she is in her Christmas dress!
We also got to see all the fun presents for the Baby that is on the way!
Ev can't wait to meet her cousin!
The next morning we had a big breakfast and Grandaddy got to come. It was such a special time and so good to see him outside of the nursing home. Overall the trip to Memphis was great, just too short!
Christmas take one! We spent Christmas in Birmingham, so we did Christmas Eve and Christmas day with Fletcher's family. It was fun to have multiple Christmas celebrations, and to celebrate with a new family. Christmas morning Fletcher and I exchanged presents and did our stockings at our house then went to his parents and spent the day with his family. The day was full of good food and good quality time with his family!
Much like the rest of the south it was a white Christmas! But it didn't really stick unfortunately!
We had a great Christmas and not only was it our first married Christmas but our first Christmas to ever spend together!
Fletcher and I haven't had much of a life other than our jobs since we have come back from our honeymoon. Because we have been working so much he hasn't had much time to see his friends. He asked if we could have a couple of his friends over so he could see them, they could see where we live, etc...I of course was excited to think of what to fix and to have a chance to use some of the fun serving pieces we got for our wedding! I could make the preparation for the dinner into an overly-long post, so I will try to keep it short. The best part of the story is that I bought the wrong meat, and woke up early that morning to marinate it and the wrong meat was marinating all day long. Not to worry the sweet husband made a 6:00 run to the store for the right meat and it marinated momentarily. Coming home from work at 6 and having everything ready by 7:30 was more of a task then I anticipated (probably mostly due to the meat situation). I eagerly await the day when I'm so on top of things that I can fix everything, have it all come out at the same time, and still be able to take a shower. I'll let you know if that day ever happens! Because my preparation time was so spastic, the pictures are minimal, but I do want to share one of the recipes at the end! Here is a rundown of the menu...
For starters we had mushroom bites and a spicy cheese spread with crackers.
The main course was pork tenderloin, I got to use a cooking thermometer for the first time!
The salad had strawberries, mandarin oranges, and sugared almonds.
I got the Pioneer Woman Cookbook for a wedding gift (Thanks Rach!) and have been dying to make something from it. Last night I made the PW's Twice-Baked Potatoes!
When boys are part of the equation you can't ever forget the rolls!
I had to put a picture of the sweet tea so you could see our cute pitcher! Thanks Mary Louise!
Now for the recipe! I made a Hot Rum Apple Cider that we drank while we ate the appetizers, and I was obsessed with it (I feel the freedom to say that because its not my recipe!). So if you need a good apple cider recipe, here it is! You really can't taste the rum.
First, you combine apple cider, sugar, cinnamon stick, and cloves in a dutch oven over medium heat. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
Then you remove the cinnamon sticks and add orange juice, rum, and the lemon juice. Turn it to low and serve when ready, delicious!
It has been so fun to decorate our house for Christmas! We are sad to see what it looks like when we take the tree down, because getting everything ready for Christmas came at the same time that we were trying to furnish our house, so the tree has become quite a necessary piece in our living room!
I heart the sparkly candles, Fletch just surrendered on that one.
"And the angel said to them, 'Fear Not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto YOU is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
My prayer for myself this Christmas season is that I would not be able to contain the great joy that is the heart of Christmas. The good news...that a Savior came for all the world, and that a Savior came for me specifically.
I am a newlywed settling into life in the real world in Sweet Home Alabama. I love my Savior, cooking, projects with Fletch, Carrie Underwood, diet coke, raisinets, and spending time with my family and friends. This blog chronicles our newlywed life!