Mince Pies and Fairy Lights

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I still can’t quite believe I’ve had nearly a whole year off from writing. Writing in almost any form, at the minute completing a shopping list is about my level! But there is something extremely therapeutic and rewarding about capturing these thoughts and adventures on this little ‘ole blog, even if most of the time we are too busy enjoying them to worry about documenting any of it. And that’s ok, that’s the way it supposed to be.

Surprisingly the sleep fairies aligned this morning giving me a short window of time that didn’t need to be filled with anything immediate, and I’ve already showered and had breakfast. Life goals right there.

At some point I’ll do a bit of a wrap up of 2016, as its been quite a year! But for something a little lighter today. We recently went back to the UK and indulged in countless roast dinners with many trimmings, spending lots of time with family and friends, leaving us feeling like we have already half done Christmas. Whilst for some the holidays may not be a joyous occasion, especially as there are so many ‘should’s’ wrapped up in these few days. In a bid to not treat Christmas as something to be done, or checked off the list, and ignoring all the should’s, here are the top 5 things I have and am doing to enjoy these holidays.

  1. Holiday baking. At a recent yoga class we all discussed what our favourite part of the holidays are, and tried to narrow it down to one thing. This was pretty tricky. For me it has to be the food. When else do you get to eat so many delicious treats. I love baking, all year round, so having time to make and decorate cookies, make eggnog – delicious by the way! and my favourite every year, mince pies, is a real treat (have you seen all the puns so far *smug face*).
  2. Fairy lights. You cant have too many. Which is good, because the fairy light monster sneezed all over our house. But they are amazing, I might just leave them up all year.
  3. PJ’s. Be it pj’s (matching!), lounge wear, sweats or whatever, I’m fully embracing the chance to have a few lazy days. I’ve stocked up on popcorn and am choosing some movies. Anyone got any favourite must see Christmas movies?
  4. Snow. Our Christmas plans aside from the above are to make a snowman. We will be in Utah where it is looking very much like we will be having another white Christmas. 10 inches of the white stuff in fact! Whilst kiwi will be hankering after a beach and bbq, I love going for a walk in the snow, and this year being a big kid and making a snowman. It’s been so long I’m not even sure I know how!
  5. Go on an adventure. Once the turkey is finished – we are forgoing it this year, pigs in blankets as a main? followed by cheese. Sure why not! But after lazing around eating all the chocolate, get outside, go somewhere, do something. We plan on walking,  skiing and visiting a state park, then after all of that, playing some new board games!

 

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Rounding off 2015

It’s happened, another year has past! I remember sitting down and looking back at 2014 and wishing in the new year, now 2014 was quite a year, but I’m happy to say 2015 has held it’s own.

Now on this side of the pond we are one of the last places to celebrate new years, time differences and all that, but I quite like it. I enjoy watching others ringing in the new year and looking back, and it feels like I still have time.

2016 will no doubt bring many surprises and more adventures. Over here on the blog we will be expanding, leaving our 20’s, and continuing to explore. But first lets look back on 2015 – you’ve been a good one.

We started off the year just getting back from a trip visiting friends in San Fran, enjoying the sunshine and arriving home to lots of snow. we enjoyed watching lots of different American sports, tried and loved cross country skiing. In the spring we set off to see the smokey mountains, the worlds largest caves and the Appalachian trail. Along the way we enjoyed stopping in Nashville and explored various parts of Michigan. Hello massive lake.

Then in the summer we soaked up all the sunshine before heading back to the UK to see some of our favourite people get married, catch up with friends and family and gallivant around England. We then packed up our life – again – and drove across America with two cats in toe, to start again in Salt Lake City. I redound my favourite sport – field hockey.

With fall came lots of sunshine and travels to the salt flats and all of Utah’s national parks – there’s 5 of them, and then several monuments, state parks and other areas of outstanding beauty. Along the way we have learnt about maple syrup, star gazing, tulips, dinosaurs, weather systems, types of snow and how to travel with cats. We baked all the cakes and are still adjusting to rising times and temperatures at a different altitude.

We had another white Christmas and as the snow continues to fall we are already looking forward to where we might finish off 2016!

MIA Christmas trees

Today I visited the Christmas tree shop – mostly out of curiosity at why there was a Christmas,as tree shop. Amazingly there wasn’t a sign of an evergreen, not so much a a string of tinsel or a fairly light in sight! I guess I was expected something on a grand scale of the Christmas tree shop in Lechlade. Instead I was greeted with all manner of random items. Holidays here are clearly a big deal, with 2 months to go Halloween is just around the corner, there were isles and isles of Halloween ‘stuff’. I cant wait to see what happens once its Halloween week. Amongst the ‘candy’ and pumpkins were all manner of homewares, arts and crafts, fabric and picture frames. I brought a snack as I was a little peckish, having no idea what anything is is really exciting, I currently have no recognition of any brand, except maybe Dorritos and Cheetos. so I found some cheesy pretzels. Im not sure why I picked these as I don’t really liked pretzels but these were like large pretzel hulu hoops with the middle filled with ‘cheese’ well a baked cheese tasting substance a glorious orange colour. they kinda reminded me of cheese footballs you get in round tubs at Christmas time. strangely addictive!

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