Today we celebrated 4 years of blissful marriage! With my taking time off of work for the holidays, we took an opportunity to go through the temple together. As my normal work schedule makes this difficult, I really enjoyed the opportunity to go with Crystal.
Afterwards we found the nativity on the temple grounds and got another picture. Aren't the lights and clouds neat?
We wanted to go to a nice restaurant for our anniversary dinner so Crystal googled (Jeff: I mean binged!!) romantic restaurants Houston. Peli Peli was the first result that popped up.
It seemed to have good reviews so I decided to take Crystal to the most romantic restaurant in Houston, also conveniently down the street from the temple.
We ate under a simulated tree that changes different glowing colors.
We were excited about our food.
Also because we're fans of Cupcake Wars on Food Network we got excited when we found a fancy cupcake shoppe (it was fancy, so it's not a 'shop') right outside Peli Peli. We had to buy a couple specialty cupcakes. I had eggnog flavored, Crystal got pumpkin spice.
Yum! Also note the heavenly light that seems to be shining right on the cupcakes...and my wife :)
Crystal, the last 4 years have been the best of my life. So many exciting experiences, and I am so excited for the next 4 (and the eternity after that). I love you.
Yes, Jon has been singing songs from the "Muppet Christmas Carol" for the last month! It's finally here though! Our favorite time of year!
The stockings have been hung on the stairs with care... Holiday cards too!
Our Christmas tree is decorated and lit... and still surviving it's daily attack from Sookie ;-) She's addicted to everything that dangles! Oh and don't mind the big wooden box on the side of the tree. I cannot wait to open it! I asked my brother-in-law, Ron if he wouldn't mind doing some artwork (he is an artist who also teaches high school and coaches HS lacrosse and wrestling) for our new home. I have no clue what it is or what it looks like. I've been dying to see it!
Decorations are hung outside (okay, so two bows and a Mickey and Minnie Christmas sign...)
I love this time of year. It's a time that we get to spend with the ones we love and a time that we celebrate our Savior's birth. This will be our 5th Christmas together. Our 4 year anniversary is this week! Another really special thing about this Christmas is that this will be the first time that I have had the opportunity to spend it with Jon's family. We will be doing a service project on Christmas morning. I love being able to give to others and helping those in need. I am excited to do something new as a family!
This last year has been so amazing and I have so much to be thankful for. Well, the last few years have been completely crazy and life changing- but this last year has just come with so many exciting new things. Jon graduating with his masters and being blessed with a great job opportunity, moving across the country to TX, living close to family, running marathons... we haven't been without our struggles, but we have been extremely blessed and I hope this next year will be just as good.
Shutterfly is doing a fabulous promotion through the end of the year- blog about their deal and receive 50 free 5x7 Christmas cards! They have a ton of options to choose from- and I love love love them! Here are a few of my favorites that you can choose from...
and this last one is just because the rest of my family lives in the freezing NH :-)