Our First (or third…) Christmas

So, after a long holiday season, and a long month of being ill in January, I’m happy to update you all with our first post of 2010! It’s only two months late, and it’s mostly Christmas stuff, but you understand, don’ t you?

So here’s our Christmas in a nutshell:


As you can see, we had a lot of fun with our first REAL Christmas Tree! Standing a noble 11′ tall, it really made our front room more cozy. Did I mention that it smelled like heaven! Although it took us almost three days to get it decorated, it lasted for a long time. We took it outside the day after New Year’s, and it was green and soft up until last week when I finally got around to throwing it away.

In the bottom left corner is our first little memory of our wedding: we purchased the the green hand-blown glass heart from a small shop in downtown San Diego on our honeymoon. Now we’ve started a tradition of buying a family ornament every year.

So, I’ve decided I don’t like wrapping gifts. In lieu of buying Maren one big present, I thought I would surprise her with many little gifts. I will never make that mistake again. Fortunately for Maren, she humored my tired, poor attempt at making things look pretty, and we both decided that would be her job from now on. (Maren says: When did I agree to that? I’m pretty sure that never happened.)

Speaking of making things look pretty, when we first got married, Maren had grand plans of hanging her stocking collection down from our banister. She did such a good job, and she topped it off with some rock candy garland. We probably should have left it up too, not a week or two later I fell down the stairs and bruised my tailbone.

And that’s a segway into the next part. For the first three weeks of January, Maren and I were both sick. We just couldn’t shake the colds, flus, and other ailments. I had two plantar warts removed with what seemed to me to be no more than a soldering iron and a razor blade. The sick was so thick you could almost feel it.

So now in our recovery phase, we were blessed last week with an extra bonus from my company. It was expected, so we’ve been planning to use it to get a better bed for a long time. My little queen was okay for just me, I mean, I could fit mostly within the boundaries of the mattress. But with both Maren and I, we’ve been having to untie ourselves from each other every morning for the last ten months. We bought a nice king bed that sits more than six inches off the ground (I’ve always been afraid of falling off!), and there is now a space between where I sleep and where Maren starts out. I find in the mornings that she migrates in my direction, but that’s okay.

Sorry for the long delay, I’ll make sure Maren gets the next post out a little sooner! (Maren says: Seriously? What is this? Someone is trying to slack off enough for me to finally give up and do it all myself….)

2 Responses to “Our First (or third…) Christmas”

  1. Melanie says:

    Ha-ha! Great post!

    And ridiculously cute and intimidating make-Martha-Stewart-want-to-hide-her-sorry-face pictures. Stop. Just stop being so amazing. Please, it’s slowly killing me.

    And Nate, welcome to the world of gift wrap intimidation that has been my life.

    Oh, man, we STILL don’t have our King-sized bed after more than 14 years!!! Lucky!

  2. Miranda says:

    welcome back to the blogging world. Don’t wait so long next time. I enjoy reading about what you’re both up to.

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