Our First Christmas

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Since we have been doing a lot of traveling as of late we decided to stay home for Christmas. We got a Christmas tree and a few decorations to help spruce up the place and get in festive spirit.

We got the tree at Home Dept and were so grateful for the nice man that tied it to the top of Jeff's car for us. Mom sent a few of my Christmas ornaments that my Grandma made over the years to help decorate the tree. I made a few ornaments as well. Thanks Martha Stewart!I made this little Christmas card wreath to help display all the beautiful Christmas cards we got. Once again, thanks Martha Stewart!Grandma A made Christmas stockings for us! Mom and Dad filled them with little gifts for us to open on Christmas morning.We bought a nice nativity scene at Macy's. We bought it on the 23rd and it was 70% off. Go with that I say!For dinner I made ribs and parmesan sweet potato fries and Jeff made a lovely goat cheese wanton salad. I know it's not very traditional, but it was sooo good. Then we finished the night off with some apple pie and ice cream. It was a really nice Christmas, but poor Jeff was really sick, but I don't think he mind sitting around playing Wii Sport Resort for most of the day.P.S. Doesn't Jeff look so excited for me to be taking his picture. I think he has a rough life ahead of him. :)

So much SNOW!

Monday, December 27, 2010

So, Jeff and I were sitting at home watching a little NCIS when we noticed that it had started to snow. I got all excited and said we should build a snowman. Jeff said that we probably wouldn't get enough snow to build a snowman.

We woke up this morning to this. I think we have enough for a snow family or two :)

The Wedding Saga - Part 2 London Sealing

Jeff and I arrived in London at 6:45am and headed straight to the hotel. We stayed at the Lanesborough. It's at the corner of Hyde Park. It was amazing! We got to stay in the bridal sweet for our first two nights, so we had a nice big room for everyone to get ready in.

Mom, Dad, and Kari joined us while we got ready for the little photo shoot with the photographer and to go to the temple.

We then spent some time walking around Hyde Park getting pictures :)

We then made the trek down to the temple. The temple was about an hour drive from the hotel, and Jeff and I both ended up falling asleep in the back seat. I ruined my hair, but I couldn't help it. I was so tired.

We then met up with the family at the temple for a few pictures before the sealing. It was nice to see everyone.

After the sealing we headed back to the hotel for dinner. I don't think I can image in a more perfect dinner. The hotel took care of everything. They had waiters serving canapes and drinks before dinner was served. They had a beautiful room set up with a banquet table and the wedding cake at the end. They really did a nice job. The food was amazing! It was absolutely perfect!

The Wedding Saga - Part 3 Honeymoon

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Jeff and I spent the week in London seeing the sites and relaxing. It was so nice and just what the doctor ordered.

So, you may not know this about me, but I have this obsession with Tiffany's and have a goal to visit everyone of the stores and buy something :) I know it's an expensive goal, but I've been having fun doing it. I've only been to 15, so I have a long way to go. Jeff and I were able to go to four Tiffany's while in London. I bought the new Tiffany Christmas ornaments. Well, the four ornaments that are available in London. I love Tiffany Christmas ornaments and I'm so glad I got to get four more to add to my collection.

Our hotel was down the street from Buckingham Palace, so we took a little stroll through the park to see it. I have a bit of an obsession with the British Monarchy. I was soooo excited to see it. When we arrived there were a lot of photographers around taking pictures, we thought it odd, but something told me it was about William and Kate. It was. I got a paper with their engagement as the head line. I was so excited.

After a lovely lunch at Clariges on Wednesday, we spent the evening checking out Big Ben and the London Eye. I was so excited that we were able to make it to the London Eye cause it was something that I've been wanting to do. It was so beautiful.

Thursday we went to the Langham for afternoon Tea. It was perfect! I totally recommend doing afternoon tea if you go to London.

We went to see Billy Elliot with my family on Friday night. Billy Elliot is one of my favorite shows, so I was ecstatic to see the London Production.

We flew home in the Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic. It was amazing. We spent a few hours in the lounge before we boarded the plane. The lounge was so cool! We walked into the lounge and order anything we wanted. Burger, soup, cheese plate, drinks, desserts! I even got a massage!

The flight was very relaxing as well. We watching movies and ate a really good dinner. After a quick nap I woke up to Jeff sitting in his chair having afternoon tea (scones, hot chocolate, and little sandwiches)

The Wedding Saga - Part 1 Civil Ceremony

Sorry for the delay in posting about the significant events of November. I wish I had a good excuse for not posting earlier, but I just can't think of one. I guess I'm lazy :)

Well, here goes....

Jeff and I got civilly married on November 12 at the Battle Ground Country Club in New Jersey. A few family and friends were able to attend. Jeff's stake president married us in a rather quick and to the point ceremony outside on the lawn. It was perfect!

Waiting for the ceremony to begin.

Jeff's parents signing the marriage license as witnesses

Dad signing

Sarah, Mom, and Me

We then headed inside for lunch. The country club did a really nice job considering Jeff met with them only a few days before to arrange everything. The food was great and it was nice meeting/catching up with people.

Jeff and I then headed back to the house to pick up our luggage for London. We were on a six o'clock red eye flight, but it was all good cause we flew first class! I will admit that this has ruined me. It was so nice. We got to hang out in the first class lounge while we waited for the plane. They gave us a five course meal before we boarded and they came and got us when it was time to board. Our seats converted into beds so we could sleep the whole time! REALLY...this totally ruined me. Now I want to fly first class always