Our Thanksgiving was very good. We do dinner at my mom's house on Thanksgiving day, with my mom and dad, sister and her son, my oldest niece and her two boys and her boyfriend. It was crazy and chaotic, with noisy kids and loud laughter and people everywhere! But it was also so nice to see everyone. I made the turkey this year for my mom's house, and it turned out just perfect! I brined it the day before which made it juicy and so flavorful.
The next day, we went over to my hubby's parents' house for lasagna. It was a nice change of pace, both with the food and the company. Nice and quite! I guess the truth is that I prefer a quite evening in with grownups!
The weekend after Thanksgiving, my hubs and I started putting up our Christmas decorations. We got the tree down on Friday and set it up right away because it's just so cheery. No decorations or anything, just the lights.
We had some traditional Scandinavian glogg while we were at it! Sooo good!
Then it took me about a week to get the whole downstairs decorated. It seems to get a little harder every year. This year was especially hard because I'm trying to do my pattern designing at the same time. You know, sometimes I really miss being a full time housewife; it may have been boring at times, but at least I always had time to work on things like the decorations.
I lived with the downstairs looking like this for a few days, which just about drove me crazy *neat freak*
Best present under the tree :)
Here's our tree unlit (also with a boy behind it)...
And here it is all lit up! I'll be sure to get some more pictures of the decor for next week.
Another thing keeping me busy the last week or two has been a very special Christmas present. My hubby and I celebrated our 10th anniversary in September. When we got engaged, we were both really young. I was 20 and he was 23! At the time, I was living at home with my mom, and he was living at his home with his parents and working at a gas station. Needless to say, we were both pretty poor. So when he proposed, he had a small budget and couldn't get me an amazing ring. I loved it though because it was special. It was a simple, small sapphire with two side diamonds.
Then, when we got married, I had a gold band made to fit next to the engagement ring, and a couple years later, I had a second band made for the other side.
To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we decided to get the center sapphire replaced with something a little nicer. We managed to find an amazing metalsmith jeweler two hours away, and after visiting them twice, they managed to find the perfect sapphire for me!
That's an emerald cut tanzanite on the left that they used as a comparison to get the perfect color, and that's my oval sapphire on the right! They're going to start setting it soon and I should be able to go get it next week! I'm soooo excited. I'm going to wrap it up really pretty and nice, and open it on Christmas :) I know that seems silly, but it's such a special gift I thought it deserved to be wrapped. up.
Hubs and I went for a lovely hike this past weekend, too, since it was so nice out.
And finally, another reason why I've been so quiet lately is because I've been super busy stitching up some new patterns for my shop!
I definitely will have the lavender set up in my shop by the end of the week, and I'll get the snowflake tbc up next week probably.
So now we're all caught up! I hope you've all been having a wonderful December so far, full of happiness and joy and good cheer!