Christmas shopping and not fitting in because I am from Utah

Pushing and shoving is how New Jersey people shop. They have a mission and they do not care how they get it done. The funny thing is that they push you while you are in line, looking at something, or minding your own business and then they have the nerve to tell (yell) "excuse me" like it was your fault. People on Utah don't shove you and then blame you for it but that is how Jerseyians role. 


It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas 

This is truly my favorite time of the year. I love the music, lights, the smell of the Christmas trees, baking, wrapping gifts, and watching christmas movies. I feel like it is all so magical. Bear and I are really enjoying December thus far. We have christmas music playing in our house at all times and have already watched many christmas movies.

Last Friday we went Christmas shopping and on Saturday we got our tree. It was so fun picking out our very first christmas tree together and bringing it home and decorating it. I still do not feel old enough to be doing this all on our own but we are and we are enjoying every minute of it. 

Bear and I decorated our house. Here are some pictures of our Christmas decor


Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and we most certainly have a lot to be thankful for. 

This Thanksgiving was a little different as we were not around any of our family. Yet it was exciting because Bear and I did Thanksgiving for our very close friends. We prepared everything (not quite as good as my Mom does) from green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and the big Turkey. We relaxed and ate a lot and lots of food and just had a good ol' time. 
The two crazy guys. Jack and Bear 
Our First Thanksgiving 
Our Beautiful table setting 
Dan Cutting the Turkey 
Show offs :) 
Jack doing charades 
Dan hiding from the dog 
Playing Cranium 
Janice, Cheers!
Dan and Bear playing battle of the sexes and yes Janice and I kicked some booty 

Happy Birthday Babe.

Happy Birthday to You!! 
Happy Birthday Bear
Bear turned 24 and had a very good birthday. 
Here is a recap of everything that happened.  

Breakfast in Bed 
Scavenger Hunt around the house for little Birthday Packages 
Looking at all his packages 
Opening his Birthday Gifts 
Birthday Cake. Yummy 

I am so thankful for my wonderful husband. 
I hope that he had a great birthday because he is so deserving of it. 
 Happy Birthday Babe 

My Mom came to visit

I am sorry that this is so long after the fact but I had to put these pictures up.  My Mom came to visit us at the beginning of November. She was our first visitor in our new house and it was so much fun to have her. We did SO much in such a short amount of time. My Mom and I went to Princeton and walked around the beautiful campus, had lunch and went shopping. She spoiled me (like always) and it was so fun to have some girl time with her. The next day we all went to New York and walked all over. We got to see ground zero, time square, rockefeller plaza, and so much more. It was a very long day but we got to see a lot and my Mom got to experience the craziness of New York City. The next day we were able to walk around Rutgers campus and see our (small) down town, New Brunswick. The last and final day of my Mom's visit we went to New Hope. A small town on the Border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It is filled with shops and a small town feel. 

It was so good to see my Mom and I am so thankful that she was able to come and visit. Thank you Mom for everything and we miss you so much.  



We had a Halloween party at my work and was 
suppose to dress up in pairs so my co-worker and I 
dressed as a coloring book and crayon (me). I made mini carmel apples and everyone brought yummy treats. 
Because Halloween landed on a Friday, Bear and I needed something fun to do. So on a whim we packed our car and headed to Washington, DC to surprise some of our two friends, Ryan and Janice. Ryan was having a Halloween party and we wanted to surprise him and show up randomly at his party. I dressed up as a cow girl (the only thing that I could pull together in 5 minutes) and Bear dressed up as Ryan Merkel  (some may know who he is. He was in our wedding and has been one of Bear's friend
s for a very long time). The costume was great and Bear looked just like Ryan ( the whole idea was a joke. Since we were surprising 
Ryan it was so funny whe
n he realized that Bear was dressed like him). 
Halloween turned out great and it was a lot of fun to be with our friends. We spent the whole weekend in DC visiting the sights and seeing some of our countries history.