Hope you are all having a fantastic Holiday season. I hope you were able to spend time with family and friends. I hope you loved and cherished every moment.
This year was definitely a first for us. It was the first year we spent Christmas Day without family. No caroling (yes, we do that), no parties, no late night conversations that make you go home saying, “Man, what a great time we had! I love those guys!” Ok, don’t get me wrong, Ruben and I didn’t just sit silently in our living room staring at the walls. We had a great day together, it just didn’t feel right. We decided that we would probably never spend Christmas without one of our families again.
On a more positive note, we are SO SO thankful for the family we do have here. Their names are Daniela and Johann, and they are so great! They invited us to spend Christmas Eve with them and their long-time friends, and great times were had. We most definitely had conversations that make you leave saying, “Man, what a great time we had!”. That’s actually pretty common when we spend time with them, though. I really don’t know how I would have made it this far without them so close. We are spending New Years Eve with them also. Seriously, we are so grateful for their friendship. There really is nothing like family. Here’s a photo of us from that evening (so you can put faces with their names):
I also forgot to update you on our Thanksgiving. We flew to North Carolina and spent the holiday with my family.
Here is a photo of my mom:
She was eating something, but I had to share the photo cause I feel like it shows how much we look alike. Isn’t she the cutest?
Right after Thanksgiving, our sister, Ema, was in town from Southern CA and we got to spend time with her, Jonathan and Josiah. I’ve told you about them here. Every time we are together, I am so so happy. I can’t explain my love for this little family. They have such a special place in my heart. Here is a photo of all of us together (The family photo’s were taken with Daniela and Johann’s camera.):
Guys, I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t stress it enough. Family time is the BEST time!
I think the reason, for me, is because family time is comfortable time. Safe time. Be myself, and know that I am loved unconditionally, time. It’s such a valuable time for me, especially since moving here. I’m sad that it took so long for me to begin to cherish it like this, but I am oh-so-happy that I have started to.
I don’t want to make it seem like friends can’t be at family level. I have a few close friends that are most definitely at family level for me, but I wanted to focus on family in this particular post.
Ok, fine. I’ll show you a photo of how awesome one of my friends is:Rachel, from my previous post, MADE these for us! They were a complete surprise. I totally cried when I opened the package, and I am not ashamed to admit that. They are paintings of each state we are from and have lived in. I mean, come on. Do I have awesome friends, or what?? I have wanted these for so long, and I have never told her! I am still trying to decide on the perfect place to hang them. Oh, and she just happened to use our wedding colors! I mean, COME ON. Talk about a perfect gift.
Ok, I think that’s enough updating for today.
I hope you all have an incredible New Year. I hope that you cherish your loved ones, and let them know how much they mean to you. I hope that 2014 is full of only goodness for you all!