Sunday, December 1, 2013

'Tis the Season

I hope you've all had a great Thanksgiving weekend. I had Friday off work and have loved the long weekend and quality family time. I've started to feel the Christmas gift-giving anxiousness that can creep in during the holidays and had to stop myself to enjoy the true meaning of this season. I've reminded myself I'll be loved by my family whether or not I snag the perfect gift ;). Getting rid of the anxiousness has left excitement and joy in its place. It's a good time just to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us. 

Here are some photos of our weekend. 

 We got up some decorations at my mom's this weekend. Putting up the Christmas decorations is one of my favorite days of the year! So much cheer. I love the joy and warmth of the Christmas season. 

I made Triple Chocolate Cupcakes (recipe here) for our Thanksgiving dessert and added a variety of toppings for fun. I did chopped walnuts, chocolate chips and cut up peppermint patties. This recipe is just so good:)
Homemade buttercream frosting is always beautiful if you ask me. 

This is Ranger and Nick practicing our homework for puppy class - this is "sit". I think Ranger looks adorable every time he sits. 

We watched Elf last night (one of my Christmas favorites!) and Ranger seemed to like it. He and Nick cuddling is always the cutest.

This was today after Ranger's puppy class. He has been learning really well so far! We still have areas to work on, but his sweet times {most days...} overshadow the tantrums and poor choices he makes;). We also gave him a haircut today, after this photo was taken, and he looks so different to me! His hair will grow back fast, but I'm not used to seeing him with shorter facial hair. I'm sure you'll notice in photos I post this week. 

I hope you've had a great weekend. Let's keep joy and gratitude in our hearts to give to others this week. We never know who may need some extra.

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