My sweet crystal nativity from Achievement Days and the cute angels in the back from Phoebe
A lot of food for two people
Our beautiful delicious turkey
Aaron making homeade apple pie with the utmost care
I made the pumpkin pie!
This is how it looked outside for Thanksgiving. Watch now we won't have any snow for Christmas. It's just cruel.
Wow so I'm pretty bad at this whole blogging thing...which is sad because I know my adoring fans are dying to know what's going on with Aaron and I! Right? Well we have been married a little over 6 months now and it's been so much fun. It's interesting to just have life come at you so fast. Suprisingly, paying my own cell phone bill, car insurance, health insurance, car payment, utilities, mortgage and so forth really isn't that bad! Who knew? Speaking of mortgage... Probably one of the most exciting things we've down since we've been married is buy a house! Yep we are first time homebuyers and got a lovely little townhouse close to the school. Now I know what you're thinking, Why the heck would you buy a house there? Well we mostly figured it made a lot more sense than paying rent for the next couple of years and having that money go bye-bye. In fact, our mortgage is almost less than a lot of people's rent around here and our place is probably 10 times nicer. That $8000 back was a nice little incentive too... I'm hoping to put pictures up of the house soon but I keep pushing it back because I don't have it quite set up the way I want it yet and so I don't want to take all these pictures if I'm going to change everything. That's probably a lame excuse, but it's the one I keep using. Let me now tell you about a few things I've learned as an old married woman: Tis better to vacuum often for one thing. I vacuumed our carpet for the first time the about a month and half ago and let me tell you our vacuum was not a pretty site afterwards. The carpet looked 100 times better but I felt sorry for the vacuum. As a kid we always had a vacuum with a bag so I never really knew the extent of the filth in our carpet. Now we have a bagless one and I can see EVERYTHING... very yucky...yet fascinating. Anyways, that was one thing I've learned. Secondly, boys are 12378921478912 times easier than girls. Don't get me wrong, I had good roommates and I love my sisters, but boys are so much easier to live with. Now you're probably asking yourself what about Daniel and my dad? Well Daniel (as we all know) is not your typical boy and I think I was kind of ignorant of how easy my dad was to live with. So Aaron is my first real male roommate and it is sooo nice. I don't know if I can pinpoint exactly why because it's a million little things. Just know that boys are easier and better than girls haha. Another thing I learned is that going to school when you're married is much easier as well. It's nice to settle down and stay home with your sweetie and just enjoy being together whether you're visiting or studying. My favorite new thing is probably going to bed around 10:30 at night. Working full time isn't always the most fun thing, but it definitely makes me appreciate the time that Aaron and I get to spend together a whole lot more. Every date, meal, bedtime, and Sunday are so much more special! Well there's a million more things I've come to learn but I want to start talking about Thanksgiving now. This was our first big holiday together as a married couple and it was definitely a new experience. I was feeling the loss of a big family around but it was fun to have the two of us as well and do everything together. At the beginning of the week I was feeling pretty jealous that my family was in Southern California enjoying friends and sunshine while we were experiencing less than hospitable weather and a rather empty Rexburg. As Thanksgiving day rolled around, I had a really good time with Aaron though. I had never made a Thanksgiving meal before and neither had Aaron. We looked up recipes online and put in some of our own flair and made culinary masterpieces! No joke I was extremely proud of us. Everything turned out delicious! Our turkey was so moist and delicious and flavorful. It was probably the best turkey I've ever had if I'm being honest (no offense to all past turkey that I have tasted). The next day was kinda disappointing because I couldn't follow through with the tradition of Black Friday and getting up at 3 in the morning to go shopping because I had to work. It turned out alright though because I hit up Wal-Mart after I got off and got our Christmas tree and a bunch of Christmas decorations. I was so tickled to put up our own little tree with Aaron. We have lived in our new house for a few months now but with the Christmas stuff up, it's really starting to feel like home now. I just fully love the holidays! Last night Aaron took me to go see Michael McLean's "The Forgotten Carols" and it was so fun! I think it will be a fun tradition our family will create. I've been feeling so blessed lately. I totally think that Aaron and I are spoiled. No newlyweds should be as well off as we are. For some reason Heavenly Father has blessed us with everything we need and much MUCH more. I'm not complaining or anything. Aaron and I definitely enjoy and appreciate our blessings. Hopefully this holiday season we'll be able to share with others our joy. Well this post is becoming epic so I'll wrap it up for now. Hopefully it won't be too long before I post again. Happy Holidays everybody! We love you!