Family Christmas

It was so nice to be with family for Christmas. Each year that passes I am more aware of how unbelievably fortunate I am to have this group of people in my life. Like, how in the world did I get so lucky?? I have incredible parents, the best siblings, the sweetest niece, an awesome grandma, and this whole other amazing family that adopted me into their clan just because I married one of their own. It is humbling just how deeply loved and supported Josh and I are, and nothing reminds me of that more than being with family.

We left Georgia almost 7 years ago, hearing nothing but messages of support as we set off into the unknown for the pacific northwest. The love of our families has been our strength and sense of peace as we’ve re-settled a few times since then. Knowing people have our back, love us unconditionally and believe in us makes all the difference.

We were able to spent a solid 2 weeks in Georgia this year for the holidays. We packed up the car and the pup, headed east on I-10, and landed at my parents’ house the following afternoon. Our time there was full of eating, laughing, playing games, golf cart rides, sitting, talking, and filling up on moments that will sadly need to last me awhile. I’m so grateful for our time with the people who mean the most to us in the world. They are precious precious moments to both Josh and myself. There are no words to describe what family is to us. Maybe it is because we don’t have the luxury of weekly meet-ups or sharing every special occasion together. Whatever the case may be, I adore these people and feel empowered by them to continue growing and learning and becoming who I’m meant to be. They each bring their own gifts into my life and speak truth to me in unique ways and life wouldn’t be the same without each one of these people. I’m so grateful. I love you, family. More than you’ll ever know!

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As I jump back into Austin life and start my second-to-last semester of school, I’m filled to the brim with gratitude that we have a soft place to land whenever we need it. These relationships-the ones that last forever-are the good stuff in life. No matter where we end up, it will always be good to be “home” because of the people who are there.

Happy new year!

A very merry Christmas

Well, Josh and I made it to Georgia last weekend after a 15 hour drive across the lower southeastern U.S. We left after Josh finished work last friday and arrived in Peachtree City (my hometown) the following afternoon. Henry did awesome in the car, as usual. He’s our little road trip buddy. And now he is in HEAVEN here playing in everyone’s giant fenced in yards full of squirrels. Almost everyone we know in Georgia has a dog for Henry to play with, so that makes his time here extra special. I’m a little worried about what the state of his emotional health will be when we have to pack up and leave on Sunday. Poor buddy.

Christmas was wonderful. We got to spend some time with my family watching my 1 year old niece Lucie open her gifts, and then have a southern FEAST at Josh’s grandma’s house. I mean…His family knows how to cook. Look at this spread. And please don’t try to calculate the calorie content. I beg you.

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Gathered ’round “fixin supper” as Nanny would say. Good to be in the deep south again.

We’ve also had the best time spending time with friends while we’ve been “home”. It is so tough living so far away from the friends we have grown up with. I love picking up where we left off, though.

For my mom’s Christmas gift, I asked Jessica Henderson, an old friend from High School, to come take some pictures of my family since it’s one of the only times in the past few years that we have all been together at the same time. I was a little hesitant to burden everyone with arranging a meeting time and having everyone dress up and stand out in the 30 degree weather, but seeing the pictures made it all worth the trouble. Jess did an amazing job, and took around 40 GREAT pictures in just a half hour! You go girl!

If anyone needs family pictures/senior pictures/baby pictures taken in the Atlanta area, I highly recommend Love Ya Jess Photography. Thanks again, girl!

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Love my family!!

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I have some good-lookin parents!

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My little family 🙂

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The whole “Patterson” clan

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My mom, dad, and their grandbaby Lucie

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Memo and 3 of her grandkids

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My immediate family with our pups.

I know I have a VERY beautiful family. I can’t lie. I can’t believe I am lucky enough to have them in my life. I can’t wait to print some of these out and get them in frames! I hope ya’ll had a great Christmas and got to spend some time with people you love. Next up-NEW YEARS!

The ones that got away

Sad story.

So last year at Christmastime I fell in LOVE with these 2 stockings from Anthroplogie. (the christmasy kind you hang above your mantle and put things in…Yeah) So since I wan’t actually supposed to be shopping for things that made ME happy, I reluctantly turned my attention back towards shopping for things to get other people. I did Salemark them, though, so I would get an email the SECOND they went on sale after the holidays were over and it was more ok to buy things for myself. They had to go on sale, right? Or at the very least the store would bring them back this year when I am more mentally prepared to spend a LOT of money on 2 stockings. They were oh so pretty and perfect and wonderful, those stockings.

Well, as you may have guessed, the stockings did not come back this year.  And not only that, but I can’t seem to find any that strike my fancy ANYWHERE. None will ever fill the shoes (ahem, excuse the pun) of those quirky, beautiful knit stockings from Anthropologie. Our $5 icky target ones will have to do until the day I fall in love again. Sniff.

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Just to torture me, the internet still has pictures of these 2 beauties available to view…but not buy. Aren’t they spiffy? I love that they aren’t the usual red and green, leaving room for all sorts of whimsical decorations to match.

I would upload a picture of our Target stockings as a reference to why we want new ones…But as usual WordPress is giving me hell.

So who out there has Christmas decorations they absolutely LOVE and treasure? I can’t say we’re there yet, but one day it’ll happen.

Happy beginning of Advent everyone! May your homes be better decorated than mine 🙂