December 22, 2014

Christmas Faves – and that time I accidentally proposed to my boyfriend

Y’all, it’s almost Christmas! The thing I’m most looking forward to? Spending uninterrupted time with my 3 most favorite people.  I’ll be checking out of the blogging world over the holidays, but until then…here are some of my Christmas Favorites.  

(Several bloggers are doing this, but I first saw it on one of my favorite blogs, Oak and Oats)

I’m not a big movie person, mainly because my husband can’t stand to watch something for more than 20 minutes at a time, but if I had to choose…maybe The Grinch?  It brings back memories of being in school the day before winter break (because EVERY teacher played that movie) and feeling so excited for the upcoming holiday!

Glühwein….yummmmm.  It’s a German hot spiced wine and it’s just so darn delicious. (When you say it, pucker your lips almost like your whistling….glüüüüüühwein)

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Hanson’s Christmas album.  Yup, I’m that girl that plastered Hanson posters ALL over my room (#1 Zack fan 4-eva!)  I still think they’re a great band, but I’ll always prefer their music from the days when you couldn’t really tell if it was boys or girls singing.

This year, I’m going to try my hand at cinnamon rolls, but really, I love baking anything with my little man!  (P.S., if I offer you any baked goods, you should probably ask me if Jay helped bake them first.  Today, he sneezed in the cookie dough because he kept wanting to smell all of the ingredients.  Last week, he spit in the bread dough, because…well because he’s a boy)

Jay is old enough to do a (chocolate) advent calendar and it’s so much fun!  Everyday, he asks “what we look for today?” and gets so excited when he finds the number.  I take so much delight in my kids’ delight!

As I mentioned in this post we don’t have a huge collection of ornaments, but almost all of the ones we do own, we either bought for each other, or were gifted to us by family.  It’s hard to pick out a specific one when they are all have meaning!

When we were dating, Allen and I had a shared love for the movie Aladdin, so our first Christmas as a couple I bought him an Aladdin and Jasmine ornament.  What I didn’t realize at the time is that it was a wedding ornament with the two characters decked out in wedding attire…so I kinda sorta secretly proposed to my boyfriend through a Christmas ornament.   Did I mention we’d only been together for 3 weeks?  Thankfully I didn’t scare him off. (I like to think it was just good foreshadowing…I had a strong feeling I was going to marry this guy right from the start!)

Fudge fudge fudge.  It’s one of my most favorite foods in the world.  Two weeks ago, I made an AMAZING batch (that I polished off completely by myself in just 4 days).  This week, I made some for my husband’s work party and it was a complete flop.  For some reason, it didn’t solidify and it was a sticky, gooey, unappetizing mess.  It was literally sliding off the plate by the time he got to his office.  Wife fail.

Gingerbread cookies and gluhwein.  Can you tell I used to live in Germany?

VERSEMaybe not your “typical” Christmas verse, but it’s Gospel folks.

 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23

I’d love to hear your Christmas favorites!  If you write a post, leave a comment with a link to your blog so I can check it out!


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Iulia is a former educator turned stay-at-home mama of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sass and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, she has an ever-expanding repertoire of bloopers, insights, stories, and impassioned opinions to share. Iulia likes to think she has this parenting gig figured out, but her littles remind her daily just how far from the truth that is.

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    Reply Amanda December 22, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Love this post! Might have to do one later this week! I love the “foreshadowing” with the ornament. Haha thankfully he didn’t get scared away! Isn’t Christmas so much fun with little ones around?!? Perfect verse for this season! P.S. Total Hanson fan over here!!!!! Snowed In is pretty much one of the best Christmas Albums. Oh and I totally love their new stuff too!

    Reply Chelsea Phelps December 22, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I love all of these! I look forward to fudge every Christmas too and it’s a family tradition to watch Elf with my husband’s family!

    Reply Jenna Brussee December 22, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I loved your story of the ornament. That is so funny! Stopping by from Come Along Ponds link up.

    Reply Jess December 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    bahaha, I had to read this post just bc of the accidental proposal. That is totally something I would do!

    Reply emma rebecca anne December 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    loove this post!! 🙂 found you through the oak and oats linkup and I’m so glad I did!! 🙂

    Reply The Life Of Faith December 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I love it! Thank you for linking up at Mommy Moments last week. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas week!

    Reply Amy Will December 29, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Very fun favorites! Especially the verse – eternal life is the best gift we could ever receive 🙂 The Grinch is one of my favorite movies, too, because I also struggle with sitting still for very long. Hope you had a blessed Christmas with your loved ones!!!
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    Reply Merrie K. February 6, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    My favorite time of the year! And I will definitely be needing to try that German Hot Spiced Wine! It sounds delish! 🙂

    Reply Merrie K. February 6, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    My favorite time of the year! And I will definitely be needing to try that German Hot Spiced Wine! It sounds delish! 🙂

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