In which we wish you a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone! We’re celebrating by:

Hoping it’s a Silent Night:


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Making some delicious Christmas Eve lamb inspired by this recipe

(What do you mean, you don’t eat no meat?聽…That’s okay, that’s okay. I make lamb.)聽:

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And basking in the glow of all the love sent to us from across the US:

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Love to the Baileys, Plueses, Symon & Ashley, Watsons, the new Fitzpatricks, Reeses, Moores, and Duffs!

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Love to the Pecks, Kirks, Nichols, Vances, Pecks, Finches, Connie, the new Banachowskis, Lanes, the new Balestrinos, Mirs, and the Grohals

So love from the Sarvases on our first Christmas! We hope you and yours have a very merry one!

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Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine,
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign.
Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

In which we pop some bubbly

Happy December everyone! Welcome to the month of many of our family birthdays, finals, and Christmas! Time to reflect on what an incredible year 2012 was for us and look forward to what 2013 has in store!

We ushered in this month of joy and celebration with a rainy Saturday night at home, catching up on DVR’d shows, designing our first married Christmas cards and lolling about. Perfection 馃檪 To top it off we took the words of Hester Browne literally:

“You should always keep a bottle of champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of champagne in the fridge.”

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In which it’s (my favorite) month of Thanks

Some people love the Fourth of July for her fireworks and hotdogs. Some people can’t stand a year without the cold kiss of snowflakes, a Christmas tree and hot chocolate. Others need the sugar rushes of Halloween and Easter.

Me? I can’t love Thanksgiving enough. It’s all the best parts of Christmas (great food and good football) with none of the drama (what do I buy and for whom?). I can totally get behind a holiday that exists with the sole purpose of celebrating the joyful things in life, no matter how small, and commemorates the moment by eating a large delicious meal. Best. Holiday. Ever.

Goodbye October, welcome November. I can’t say November is my absolute favorite – every month (except August) has it’s high highs, but it falls in the glorious spectrum of Autumn which is a pretty great season.

I fully realize that thankfulness is a quality I need to exercise more throughout the year. Today though I want to say I’m thankful for Jeff and his willingness to not only move across a continent for me, but put up with my daily quirks and embrace them. I could never have imagined a better teammate.

Fall is lovely, isn’t it?