Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 in Review

To end up the year, as so many other bloggers are doing, I want to take a look back at some of the big moments of this year - there were TONS!!!

My Ever Changing Life 2009
-Jason bought a HOUSE!! We are so in love with it and all its quirkiness.
-We begin ripping up carpet in all the rooms.
-On March 5th, WE GOT ENGAGED!!!
-I got the perfect dress, and we planned like crazy for 5 months!
-I saw Wicked with my mom - sooooo good!
-Becca & Keith took our engagement pictures at CVP!
-We decided to go on a cruise for our honeymoon.
-I found a baby raccoon outside my apartment!! {hahaha... it was so precious too!}
-We got brand new beautiful windows for the house {eventually, after much hassle}
-We had a ton of wonderful wedding showers! {Work, RBBC, Signal Crest}
-We got Snooker!!!!!!!!!!! And then she and Dash met... hehe.
-I stopped biting my fingernails {at least until the wedding was over..}
-I moved out of my apartment {okay, Emily moved me} to my parents' house until the wedding.
-I learned some lessons about wedding planning {let's just be honest - it was amazing, but I'm so glad I don't have to do it again!}
-On August 8th, WE GOT MARRIED!! :) {pictures}
-We vacationed in the Caribbean!
-Jason replaced our old mailbox with a pretty one.
-We went to TN games & hosted parties at our new digs {and I forgot I was married}.
-I learned some fun things in Photoshop and changed my blog headers a bunch.
-Our house has changed and grown on us more.
-We got a grill and a grill ornament!
-We got a new dishwasher!
-We hosted our first house guest - Missy!
-I made handmade stockings for us for Christmas!
-I went to the Miley Cyrus concert with Jessica, Elizabeth, & Patricia!
-We admitted to our TV series obsession.
-I am more than 90% done with my December scrapbooking project!
-We had our very first married Christmas!

Whew! What a year!!! :) I wouldn't change a thing. I wonder what is in store for 2010??

"4th" Day of Christmas: December 25th (Millers)

Christmas at the Millers!

After our morning of opening presents at our house, we went to the Millers to celebrate with them!

Another AMAZING painting by Jessica Miller.

Our little model :)


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

3rd Day of Christmas: December 25th (our house)

Christmas at the Lawhorns - OUR HOUSE!!

We started off our Christmas morning together (looking... um... tired.) Jason got me an external hard drive and a bigger memory card for my camera AND we got all 6 Harry Potters on Blu-Ray!!! I got him some video games, dvds, and Blu-Rays!

Our stockings under the tree!

The little girl perched on one of her favorite chairs.

And the little boy wearing his new TN outfit and going NUTS on the toy from his stocking.

We were so glad to sleep in a little bit and enjoy our morning together! :)

2nd Day of Christmas: December 24th

Christmas with the Daves/Heltons/Millers!

On Christmas Eve we went to the Daves house for a yummy meal and gift exchange!
Look at this precious face!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I could eat him up!!! This is baby Benjamin!
This is what Jason and I ended up with! Kate stole it from Alecia and Jason stole it from Kate! It's a collage of pictures from Paula's trip to the Czech Republic. She did several prints and they were a HOT COMMODITY!
The whole family (minus Paula who was taking the picture) - all 26 of us!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

1st Day of Christmas: December 23rd

Christmas at the Guins!

We went to my parents house on Wednesday last week to exchange gifts! We got waaaay too many goodies!

All the pre-opened gifts!

Nick's iTunes gift card

Sam's firefighter bookends

All our loot!!


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Birthdays & Christmases

Saturday was Patricia's birthday! So we went up to the house for a wonderful meal and ended up playing Rock Band all night!
What's great is that they have the Beatles Rockband too, so we all got really into it.
But not Jessica. Definitely not her. :) Love you, sis.
Then Sunday Jason and I went to Kennesaw, GA to visit my dad's side of the family for Christmas!

We played Sequence - it was super fun! ("BALLGAME!!") Then we played Spoons, which got pretty competitive pretty quickly... as Spoons tends to do.

"Please, no photos."

"Okay just one."
After we left the Camp's, we went to IKEA!!! It was wonderful. ::sigh:: And I can't wait to show you what all we got!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Oh, Middle School

Last Tuesday night was the 17th annual Signal Mountain Middle High School Christmas concert!!! (Which means that when I was in it in 6th grade it was the like 5th annual or something!)

Nick plays percussion in the 6th grade band and he did an amazing job!! (He's the tall, dark, and handsome one in the very back, center of the photo, far right in the percussion line.)

Here's a VIDEO of them playing "Up On the Housetop."

As a sidenote, I would like to say that when Nick was younger he used to sing the last lines like this:

Down through the chimney
with good saint ME!

Dad, Mom, Mamaw, Sam, Karrah, Jason, & I had a great time!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Holidays in Hand

Back in November, I stumbled across a digital scrapbooking website called, where she was hosting a free online class called "Holidays in Hand". I figured since it was free - why not? She gave writing and photo prompts for each day in December and provided us with general layouts and some cute backgrounds. I learned so much about Photoshop (Elements) and love how my first digital scrapbook is turning out so far! It will be so fun to look back at everything that went on during our First Christmas. :)


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