Happy 2014!

Today is New Year’s Day 2014. Can you believe it? I noticed this week that our blog has been virtually static for the past year *gasp* and I have decided it is time to fix that.  It is not a resolution, but I would like to be posting more on here this year – I have a feeling this year is going to be a wild one :)

Sam and I spent our first Christmas together ever this year. Typically we take the week before and after Christmas to go visit our families – separately. This has always been difficult for us (ok, maybe difficult for me) but it was an easy time to get time off from work and go see the fam. This year, we decided early on that we would stay put and start our own family traditions. I won’t lie, I definitely had a few moments of sadness thinking about what we were missing back east, but then Sam reminded me what we have here and that we can go back and visit anytime. So we started some traditions :)

We joined some very dear friends in their tradition of going to Red Feather Lakes and cutting down a Christmas tree. I have NEVER had a real Christmas tree, let alone one that I helped to cut down. Colorado has a program with State Parks that allows residents to pay for a permit, drive into a section of the forest, find a tree and cut it down. These areas of the forest are marked for clearance; the trees that we were allowed to cut (trunks less than 6 inches in diameter) will clear out the forest floor, reduce the risk of forest fires, and help the overall health of the forest. I’m in!  We loaded up the 4×4 trucks and off we went.

The drive up was gorgeous. Sam was in his bearded glory driving on dirt roads and hit every bump possible in the truck.

Sam the Bearded Wonder.

Sam the Bearded Wonder.

As the trusted co-pilot, I was in charge of Radio, and bad Selfies.

A trusted Pilot and his very important Co-Pilot.

A trusted Pilot and his very important Co-Pilot.

 

We found the perfect tree for us – it is a pine and about 6 feet tall. When we saw it in the trees, it had a ray of light coming down onto it – talk about an omen, right?  Sam and his sidekick “E” took charge and got it down for us.

 

Sam and "E" assessing the tree situation.

Sam and “E” assessing the tree situation.

 Luckily the tree was small enough that it fit nicely in the back of the truck without much fuss at all.

Sam was able to carry the tree one handed. He is a superman!

Sam was able to carry the tree one handed. He is a superman!

Easy Beasy!

Easy Beasy!

We were pretty proud of ourselves – a lumberjack and his lady….

Mission Accomplished.

Mission Accomplished.

We got it home, put it into the tree stand, and VOILA! Our tree was ready for decorating. What a difference picking a tree out of a forest versus a JCPenney Catalog ;) Growing up, the tree skirt in my family was handmade and amazing. I couldn’t imagine having our tree without a handmade Tree Skirt. About 2 weeks before we went for the tree, I decided to crochet one for us. At first it looked like a banner for a pizza restaurant, but once it was placed under the tree, it looked just right.

Decorated and ready for our traditions to begin.

Decorated and ready for our traditions to begin.

My mom sent out my box of ornaments this year. Mom has been saving ornaments for me each year since I was born. Most of the ornaments were gifts from family members over the years. She mailed them out to me a week before the tree expedition. I made Sam sit in the living room with me as I opened each one and tried my hardest to remember when I got it, the person who gifted it to me, and the last time I remembered seeing it. Some I could remember, some not so much. But it was amazing go through these boxes of treasures. I was super surprised to find that Mom had sent out the 2 ornaments that I thought I would never have in my own possession.

The Bear Ornament Susi made in Preschool.

The Bear Ornament Susi made in Preschool.

First Grade Doily Ornament

First Grade Doily Ornament

Now that I have my awesome little-kid-Susi pictures up here, it is time to sign off for today.  Happy New Year to all of our Family and Friends!! Here’s to a super exciting year full of surprises, wonder, new experiences, and lots and lots of laughter!

Oh My Goodness….

Just 4 more months to go. I can hardly believe that we are getting so close to such an exciting day! Things are coming together!! We have found our florist! (After a very not great run-in with the 2nd florist, my good feelings about the 1st florist were completely validated!) Let’s just say our Petals will be quite Perfect (hint hint).  Now that all of the vendors are decided upon, we can start playing with the actual details of the day – VERY exciting.

It’s time for Skype dates with friends coming into town for the events of the day so that plans can be made and excitement can be shared. I even heard a rumor of Maid of Honor dresses starting to arrive after being ordered!  I think I will soon be at the list-making phase of wedding planning where I need to figure out exactly how all of this comes together. And most of you know how much I adore list-making. It leaves a nice warm fuzzy feeling in my tummy for sure.

There are just over 3 weeks until the Holidays and Sam and I are both getting ready to go see our families; lot of pre-trip planning and gift hunting going on at our house these days. I put up our Christmas tree (his name is Chester) over the weekend. He has grown quite a bit since last year!! The lights are hung on the railing of the stairs and our stockings – hand cross stitched by mom Mom – are hung right there with the lights. I suppose pictures would be a good thing…. I will get on that tonight.

Time for more work so that this weekend I can play! Have a good one!

~Susi