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It’s Beginning to feel like Christmas

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This morning has been a slow drip of a day so far. A real gem. I’d say Saturdays are pretty good if you’re still in your pjs by 12 ;)   Summer has been playing contently with her basket of books for a solid hour, every now and again looking over with the sweetest giggle and twinkle in her eyes!! SO CUTE.

Finally it’s beginning to feel like Christmas and this week we started our 12 Dates of Christmas tradition…which you can read about here and see a few from last here, here or here. One of the things Phil and I have tried to do more around the Christmas season is spend some quality time together, it all started in China without family and friends…no Christmas parties or work dinners or running around buying presents for everyone just the simple joy of having each other. It takes a little bit of work since it’s such a busy time of year wherever you are and we haven’t always quite made the 12 but it’s worth a try!!

It can be anything from grabbing a Christmassy coffee together, dancing around the tree or wrapping up and taking a walk in the (fingers crossed!) snow… so on our second date this year we went out to pick Nana and Papa’s tree…we headed to Greenmount Christmas tree farm with Summer to pick her very first!! I have a feeling this Christmas is going to be different, even more special because we got our Christmas gift early this year with little Summer.


12 Dates of Christmas 4…5…6…and 7

It’s hard to believe it’s already December 28th…Christmas 2013 is over and we’ve been in Ireland for a week now! We tried to cram in as many Christmassy traditions as we could but with final classes, packing, flying home and a cold there just wasn’t enough days in the week!! Yet this time of year has been the best reminder of the things I have to be thankful for. A roof over my head and food on the table. Friends who pop in, just to talk and catch up. I’m thankful for family and a husband who continuously go above and beyond to make me feel loved and supported. And most of all on Christmas – that our Saviour was born.  A light to light up the world! I am blessed. So beyond blessed.

Here are a few of our dates before flying home…

date4 Date four: hot chocolate and a movie in front of that wee tree in that wee apartment in China…seems like a million miles away from here!!pancakespancakes2Date five: snow on the ground and pancakes for breakfast with some yummy over priced strawberries from the market;)date6 Date six: Last minute Christmas shopping and a photo booth pic to celebrate a 30 week bump!date7Date seven: Last night in China with awesome jiaozi and some exciting plans ahead!!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Let the count down to the new year begin…Rx


12 Dates of Christmas 03/ Starbucks in Shenyang

Starbucks112 little dates during the holiday season continued…

Starbucks is a big treat over here as the nearest is about 3 hours away….so…on the Third Date of Christmas we…enjoyed a toffee nut latte and a cranberry white chocolate mocha before our prenatal appointment, hearing that baby’s heartbeat just never gets old:)

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