Sunday, December 23, 2012

Catch Up (again)

Yeah, life was a bit crazy there for a bit. We've arrived in Michigan to be with my family for Christmas. I'm hoping to have a chance to do more daily posts, but you's Christmas and if I can only do a post every couple of days, that's all I can do!

Day 19- Something that begins with "S".
A snowflake! This is what I was busy at work doing on Thursday morning. Yeah, real productive, I know. ;)

Day 20- Weather
This was on our way up to my parent's. They got 14+ inches of snow because of Draco the snowstorm (I think they should have named it Malfoy). But it made for a very pretty drive yesterday.

Day 21- Tree

We bought this little Christmas tree at Lowe's. I'm not sure what we'll do with it after Christmas, but I think it's super cute!

Day 22- Decoration

My mom has this German carousel. You put candles in the bottom of it and it turns the fan, which also turns the little figurines in the tiers. I haven't seen any like this so I haven't purchased my own. I very vividly remember helping my mom put in the fan blades and candles as a child. I loved that thing! Does Christmas time make anyone else sentimental?

Day 23- Joy is...

Coming home for Christmas. 'Nuff said. :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Catch up!

So, this weekend was crazy! I was in a wedding for a dear friend of mine. Needless to say, there was much to be done and not enough time left over to do blog posts. I tried to take some pictures, but I did miss some days. Please forgive me. The last pic I have up is from Day 11, but I didn't get a pic for 12 day. I'll start with day 13. :)

Day 13- Lights
I was flying to San Antonio and I thought the city lights were pretty. Seeing houses lined with Christmas lights was fun too. :)

Day 14- Something Green
See the bluer dress? yeah, that's mine. And it didn't match the rest of the dresses. It needed to be a tad greener. I emailed the company (NOTE: Do not use to order bridal party attire) and they're at least giving me 50 bucks back, but still.

Day 15- Outdoors
Of course we had to decorate the car. We kept it pretty tame.

Day 16- Something you made
This one is actually from a while ago and you may have seen it in my instagram feed. But these are the Christmas cards I made this year. I didn't make very many and they went mostly to family, so sorry if you didn't get one!

Day 17- on the Floor
We wrapped Christmas presents last night. I really enjoy wrapping presents, is that weird?

I'll continue with Day 18 later (probably tomorrow).

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Day 10 and 11

 Due to some technical glitches with the blog yesterday I didn't get these up. But I did today!

Day 10: Pressure
As in pressure to get my Christmas cards out before Christmas! Thankfully, I did get most of them out. I just have a couple left to collect addresses for.

Day 11- Sweet. Sweet apple pie for our office Christmas party! That ended up being fantastic. I was honestly a bit dubious of how the party would be, but it ended up being a lot of fun. Funny how that happens sometimes!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Day 9- Out and About

Sunday mornings are usually pretty laid back. Leisurely get up and then go grocery shopping. Our church service isn't until 5pm, which leaves our morning to hit the stores sans all the people. It's great! Today we went to Whole Foods and then to Target where we also did some Christmas shopping. How do you normally spend your Sunday mornings?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Day 8-someone I love

I love my wonderful husband more than I can say. I know that's cheesy, but its true! He's supported me through some really tough stuff and had been there for me when I just needed a cry. He also does little things like the dishes and taking the dog out early in the morning. In short he's a rock star!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Day 7- stars

Sorry for the late post! It's been a busy day. Here's my star! :)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day 6- Something from where you live/your country

I work at a school of Government at a private University. In our lobby we have several large prints of founding documents. Doesn't get much more American than a document signed by John Adams.  My favorite part of this photo is the reflection off the glass of our lobby. I thought it was pretty neat!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Day 5- Looking Up

This one was a bit of a stretch. It's the view out of the third floor of the building I work in. The building  in the photo is the communications building which houses the theatre. It counts as "looking up" because I'm up, right?


Have a great Wednesday. If your week is going anything like mine, just be thankful that Wednesday mean's it's half-way over. The weekend will be here soon!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Day 4- Black and White

I liked my hair and outfit today. I don't usually do fancy stuff with my hair, but today I felt like curling it. Put a little extra oomph into my day, even though I really didn't want to get out of bed this morning.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Day 3 Photo a Day- Something you Held

Here is something I held this morning, as I was hiding it in the tree!

Do you have a Christmas pickle on your tree? Do you even know what a Christmas pickle is? Here's a handy Wikipedia Article if you need more info on it. Despite what Wikipedia says, I'm pretty sure it *is* a German tradition. We like to make a little game of it here in the Boyce household. I imagine when when have Children someday we will have even more fun with it!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December 2nd- Photo a Day- Peace


Isaiah 9:6

English Standard Version (ESV)
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

I don't like to use my blog to get on a Faith Soapbox, but that's not really what this entry is about. When I think of "Peace", at this time of year I automatically think of the Manger Scene (which, yes, I realize is not 100% accurate. The Bible never specifies 3 wise men, they show up 2 years later, blah blah blah. I like tradition and symbolism.)

I thought this photo was appropriate for the first weekend in the Advent season. I like to take moments at this time of year to slow down and really think about what Christmas is about. It's easy to get caught up in gift giving, holiday parties, and eating. None of those things are bad, but I like to take time out of all of that and concentrate on what Advent is.
This is a time where we reflect on the incarnation of Christ, who came here to live a perfect life and then die for our sins. It's also a time of anticipation, not only because we are celebrating the birth of our savior, but we are anticipating when that savior will come again and put the world right.  I would be happy to talk about this more with you if you would like. But I'll close with another passage. I'd like to copy and paste the whole Christmas passage from Luke, but that would take forever so here's my favorite part:

Luke 2:9-14

English Standard Version (ESV)
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Photo A Day

So my mom has been doing these "photo a day" things and December's list looked fun. I decided to do it this time around too! With my iPhone and instagram I think I'll be able to manage the commitment to one photo a day. Here is my photo of 8 o'clock:

 I didn't even get out of bed before I grabbed my Harry Potter (British English) and read four chapters. It was a glorious way to spend my Saturday (early) morning.