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Christmas 2014

Eleven days into January is the right time to post pictures from Christmas, right? Right.

We had a great Christmas in Tucson. We started the drive once Chip got off of work on the 23rd, spent the night in Van Horn, and got to Tucson Christmas Eve afternoon. The dogs did great on the drive with plenty of “are we there yet” faces from Wrigley.

Not sharing my Whataburger dinner with Wrigley

Not sharing my Whataburger dinner with Wrigley

Are we there yet...

Are we there yet…

Leaving Van Horn Christmas Eve morning

Leaving Van Horn Christmas Eve morning

And now for a special presentation, Molly and Wrigley singing along to “Blue Christmas.”

Overall, it was a really relaxing time at home. After a busy December, it was nice to get time to sleep in, take it easy around the house, walk the dogs, and just spend time together. I’m a sucker for being sentimental, and looking back, I love the little moments throughout the trip that reminded me of some of my favorite memories growing up. Whenever I can go home for Christmas, my parents always save Santa’s Marching Band as my decoration to put up in the house. I was obsessed with Santa’s Marching Band as a kid and would slowly put each little soldier on the snow blanket and do my best to hide the electric chords. Some of these little guys have taken a beating over the years and will occasionally get stuck, but they still work great. I secretly love seeing how long I can have these guys play before my dad tries to turn them off.

We were able to take Chip up to Mount Lemmon for the first time and were pleasantly surprised to see some snow at the end of our drive. I hadn’t been up to Mount Lemmon in over seven years, so it was fun going back up. Molly and Penny weren’t too sure about the snow, but Wrigley loved it, even when Chip kept throwing snowballs at his face. Later that day, we got to see some of my old high school friends, most of whom Chip was meeting for the first time. It was a highlight of the trip getting to catch up with them, some I literally hadn’t seen since graduation almost 10 years ago. And to my surprise, while we were eating at Le Buzz our last morning in Tucson, I ran into my third grade teacher. It was so nice to see her again and funny to think about how she used to seem so incredibly tall to me.

They're adorbs.

They’re adorbs.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Wrigley's serious about Christmas

Wrigley’s serious about Christmas

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

One of the best parts of our Christmas Eve dinner: prosciutto wrapped asparagus

One of the best parts of our Christmas Eve dinner: prosciutto wrapped asparagus

Love my goofy dad

Love my goofy dad

We found one of my childhood Christmas lists... and laughed for a long time after reading it

We found one of my childhood Christmas lists… and laughed for a long time after reading it

Looking at on old card Alex made. You're an artist, bud.

Looking at on old card Alex made. You’re an artist, bud.

Wrigley wanted to help unwrap gifts Christmas morning

Wrigley wanted to help unwrap gifts Christmas morning

Christmas morning

Christmas morning

The Nances Christmas morning

The Nances on Christmas morning

Wrigley was much happier with just me in the picture

Wrigley was much happier with just me in the picture

Quick stop on the drive up to Mount Lemmon

Quick stop on the drive up to Mount Lemmon

Molly wasn't too sure about the snow

Molly wasn’t too sure about the snow

Quick stop on the drive to Mount Lemmon

Quick stop on the drive to Mount Lemmon

Penny is my dad's loyal sidekick

Penny is my dad’s loyal sidekick

Our view of Tucson

Our view of Tucson

Yes, Wrigley. It's all yours.

Yes, Wrigley. It’s all yours.

Sweet Molly

Sweet Molly

The snow was too cold for Penny

The snow was too cold for Penny

Love these pups

Love these pups

Enjoying Mt. Lemmon

Enjoying Mt. Lemmon

Molly ate some snow

Molly ate some snow

Wrigley liked eating snowballs

Wrigley liked eating snowballs

Chip loved smashing snowballs on Wrigley's head

Chip loved smashing snowballs on Wrigley’s head

The little snowman Chip and my dad built

The little snowman Chip and my dad built

I am so thankful we were able to spend some more time in Tucson, we really do love that city. Chip was back to work that Monday after Christmas while I had a few extra days off. We spent New Years Eve with some of our great Trinity friends out in Fredericksburg. It was so great ending 2014 with some of the friends we love most. Hope 2015 is off to a great start for all of you!

New Year's Eve dinner

New Year’s Eve dinner

New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve

Getting our grapes ready for midnight... it's good luck to eat 12 grapes for the new year!

Getting our grapes ready for midnight… it’s good luck to eat 12 grapes for the new year!

Our own kickline to "New York, New York"

Our own kickline to “New York, New York”

Cheers to 2015!

Cheers to 2015!

Things I Love: Christmas Music

Confession: I really really love Christmas music. I saw this on Pinterest the other week and thought it was just about perfect:

Time to Rock Around the Christmas Tree

Time to Rock Around the Christmas Tree

If I can make it to Halloween without listening to Christmas music, then I’ve shown serious self-control. This year, I had one week where I got over-excited (pretty sure we had a cold front come in) so I had to play some holiday tunes for a few days before listening to more Monster Mash for Halloween. But once November 1st hit, it was on. Christmas music full time. Thankfully Chip has fully accepted this part of me and no longer complains when there is constant Christmas music going on (although if he gets command of the radio/itunes, he’ll go to anything not Christmas).

I’ve just about always loved Christmas music. There have been some classic favorites over the years and also a few new ones each holiday season. So get ready to Jingle Bell Rock with me and check out my list of favorite Christmas songs that Buddy the Elf would be proud of. Please note: this list was extremely hard to keep to just 10 and I apologize to all the songs I had to leave off.

Garibaldi:

I have been listening to Garibaldi’s Christmas CD pretty much my entire life… it was always our Christmas morning tradition to listen to this while opening gifts. Nothing takes me back to childhood memories around the tree faster than this CD can. Please note: this music is so old that this was the only song I could find on YouTube. I was hoping to find Las Posadas, but no such luck. If you’d like to hear it, let me know. This CD is always in my car.

O Come All Ye Faithful:

This has been a favorite of mine over the last few years. I appreciate how simple the lyrics are while speaking to the Christmas story so beautifully, especially with the verse “Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be glory given; word of the Father, now in flesh appearing: O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.” Nat King Cole’s version will always be a favorite, but I love how Josh Groban has the song crescendo to the last verse.

Sleigh Ride:

Let’s be real. This is a classic; it’s not a holiday season without this song. There are lots of different versions out there, but the Boston Pops Orchestra is my favorite. You just can’t beat the brass instruments coming in around 1:45. Makes me want to do a good jazz square. Harry Connick Jr. also does a great rendition of this song.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen:

I wasn’t really a big fan of this song too much growing up, but it has become a favorite over the last couple of years. The lyrics just hit me at “God rest ye merry gentlemen let nothing you dismay, remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day to save of us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray. O, tidings of comfort of joy.” Such a great reminder of what we’re really celebrating when it’s so easy to get caught up in the buzz and sparkle of the holidays. This MercyMe version is one of the best (in my opinion), but you should also check out Glee’s cover.

Little Drummer Boy:

Little Drummer Boy is one of the most underrated Christmas songs. I really like this version by Jars of Clay, but MercyMe and Josh Groban also do a great job with this song.

Do You Hear What I Hear:

Another song that I feel is too underrated. One of the things I love most about this song is how it builds the story through each verse. My favorite goes to Carrie Underwood because she actually does all four verses. Best dramatic version is definitely Glee, although it drives me crazy that they don’t do the last verse of the song. #angryelf  Destiny’s Child also has a great cover (but skip the last verse) and Whitney Houston can’t be left off of this list, either (she also does all four verses).

Joy to the World:

Over the last few years, this has been my favorite Christmas song. It’s such a great declaration of the feeling we should feel because of Christ’s birth: joy! While not 100% accurate lyrics wise, I absolutely love Mariah Carey’s version of this song. Get ready to clap along, it’s just about impossible to resist. Also, shout out to Mariah for another favorite – All I Want for Christmas is You.

O Holy Night:

This has been a favorite of mine throughout the years. From about 6th grade to too far into high school than I would like to admit, NSYNC’s version was my favorite (I’ll never forget buying their Christmas CD at Target with my dad and brother). Mariah Carey’s is also up there at the top of the list. If pop music isn’t your style, Nat King Cole can’t be beat.

12 Days of Christmas:

An awesome cover of one of the oldest songs out there. Love the creativity in the lyrics and the ending to the song is pretty darn brilliant.

Need a Little Christmas Now:

You want an instant Christmas dance party? Listen to this version by Glee and be sure to have the volume up. Makes me want to go get our Christmas tree now.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Fun and Chaos in the Nance Household

This last weekend was… interesting… it was the strangest mix of fun moments and times of chaos! Alright, “chaos” might be a bit of a stretch, but wait to hear about all of the events first before you judge…

Fun: Friday afternoon, two of my co-workers Priscilla and Annaliz came over for some girl time. Since we’re now in December and I’m obsessed with Christmas, this meant baking and decorating holiday cookies, watching Elf and having a champagne drink called The Poinsettia. Priscilla stayed for dinner for some homemade pizza and then an evening at Trinity for the annual Christmas Concert. All in all, a great day!

Cookbooks for the afternoon

Cookbooks for the afternoon

Christmas sugar cookies

Christmas sugar cookies

Ready to decorate some sugar cookies

Ready to decorate some sugar cookies

Trinity Christmas Concert

Trinity Christmas Concert

Priscilla and I enjoying the concert

Priscilla and I enjoying the concert

The best seats we've ever had for the Christmas concert

The best seats we’ve ever had for the Christmas concert

One of my favorite parts to the concert - the audience sing alongs

One of my favorite parts to the concert – the audience sing alongs

Fun: Chip and I started Saturday off with some time at the gym. It wasn’t completely fun the whole time (I was pretty worn out by the end!), but we enjoy going to the gym together whenever we can to encourage each other. For our breakfast afterwards, I thought it would be fun to make some homemade blueberry pancakes together for the first time (my cookbook Healthy in a Hurry had a really good recipe I had been wanting to try out). Chip decided to add to our breakfast with some eggs and bacon. Our own brunch feast!

Chaos: We have a smoke detector right outside our kitchen. Yes, it goes off occasionally. No, we’ve never actually had a fire or seriously burnt anything, but it will go off every now and then. We’ve learned that if one of us fans it quickly with a kitchen towel, it will stop its screeching within a few seconds. Now one thing to know about Chip is that he has (strangely) sensitive ears, resulting in an apparently rather unbearable situation for him whenever the smoke detector goes off. So when it went off not once, not twice, but multiple times in a span of 5 minutes Saturday morning, he lost his cool. I love my husband dearly, but I couldn’t help but laugh at how funny I thought he was being over the smoke detectors (he thought his behavior was mostly justified). All I can say is, Chip deserves an Oscar nomination for how dramatic he was being and Wrigley would receive the supporting role nomination. Our smoke detectors were going off and Chip was saying things like “Those detectors clearly don’t work, there’s no smoke, I’ll save our lives when I see smoke,” “Breakfast is ruined, I don’t even want to eat now” and one of my favorites “This isn’t a kitchen, it’s a room of destruction.” Now while Chip was waiting for his Academy Award, the high-pitched noise was also too much for Wrigley too bear, although that’s a bit more understandable since I’m sure that sound was piercing his giant bat-like ears. Wrigley has developed a habit of doing things he knows are bad whenever he’s unhappy and being scared is a great example of a time he’s unhappy. So when I went to open the backdoor to see if that would help our smoke detector calm down, Wrigley ran out with one of our shoes, shaking it around in frustration in the backyard and running around like a fool. Thanks, Wrigs. To make matters worse, the smoke detectors across the house by our bedroom also started to go off, so we had to tag time fanning the different detectors to shut them up. We then turned on every fan in the house and shut off all of the stovetop burners as well as the toaster oven that was cooking the bacon and waited for whatever small smoke signals to clear off. I then slowly and carefully finished cooking breakfast which Chip sat in the living room with Wrigley, complaining over the finicky smoke detectors. Thankfully both Chip and Wrigley were much happier without the loud beeping and some blueberry pancakes and bacon in their stomachs.

Fun: Saturday was the Tamale Festival at the Pearl Brewery. We had never been before, but had heard great things about all of the food. We also thought it would be fun to take Wrigley along with us for the afternoon (such a spoiled pup getting some pancakes, bacon and tamales in one day!). It didn’t take us long to try out several different kinds of tamales as well as a tres leches cupcake and a bean and cheese cup. We were feeling pretty full and needed a break in the eating before returning to more of the booths. I saw a patch of grass and thought it would be fun for us to just hang out there with Wrigley for a little bit and that’s when chaos struck again…

Chaos: Immediately after sitting down next to Wrigley, he starts sniffing around and being the little alpha-male that he is, he lifts his leg to mark his territory on the grass… a bit too close to me! I won’t go into any further details here, but needless to say, I wanted to go home afterward.

Mariachis at the tamale festival

Mariachis at the tamale festival

One word: yum

One word: yum

Lots of people at the tamale festival

Lots of people at the tamale festival

Wrigley really liked the tamales

Wrigley really liked the tamales

Fun: We spent the rest of Saturday afternoon running some errands (including buying a super cute dress for the Redeemer Christmas party on Sunday!) and came home to finish up our homemade pizza for dinner. While having dinner, we spent who knows how much time watching episodes of Duck Dynasty. We really can’t get enough of this show! My personal favorite Robertson is Jase, although Si does keep things entertaining.

Chaos: While getting ready for church Sunday morning, I just about had a panic attack… I found my first gray hair. I am not exaggerating when I say I came storming into the kitchen where Chip was making breakfast and asked him if he saw a gray hair. After pulling it from my head, he tried hiding it from me but I eventually got the proof. I shouldn’t be too surprised, my dad’s side of the family gets gray hair pretty early, but I didn’t think it would be this early! If you ask me, 25 is too young for that. I then spent the rest of the morning utilizing one of my other Lopez genes – being completely dramatic (I started planning my early retirement… this is clearly the end! :)).

Fun: Sunday evening was the Redeemer Christmas party! We joined some of the other Young Professionals at the church for some appetizers and wine before making our way for the dinner and dancing at the Westin Riverwalk. We had been to the Redeemer Christmas party twice before, but as guests of the Pomeroys and Behams, so this was our first time as official members of the church… woo! We had a great time and can’t wait to go again next year!

Ready for the Christmas party!

Ready for the Christmas party!

At the Westin Riverwalk

At the Westin Riverwalk

Place setting for dinner

Place setting for dinner

And that was the end of our weekend… Fun: 5. Chaos: 3. Fun wins.

The Nutcracker

Few things say “the holiday season” quite like the Nutcracker does. The first time I saw it with Chip was particularly fun… it was four years ago, our senior year at Trinity. As a special gift, Chip got us tickets to go see it on the RiverWalk. This was a pretty elaborate date for two college seniors on a tight budget. I was so excited and looked forward to this date for a while… here was my boyfriend willingly taking me to see a ballet. We were in our seats ready for the show to start and as the lights first started to dim, Chip turned to me and asked “So, what is this play about?” I had a small panicked “you’ve got to be kidding me” moment and let him know that this technically wasn’t a play, but a ballet. “Well what does that mean?” I couldn’t believe it! I explained that since it’s a ballet, there’s no talking, it’s just music and dancing. “How are they supposed to even tell a story then?” Oh, my goodness, this could be a disaster. How could this guy not know what the Nutcracker is about? Apart from having seen it before, I even had a Spanish cartoon VHS movie my dad gave me when I was little that we used to watch every year (Chip is definitely watching that this Christmas while we’re in Tucson; it’ll help his Spanish, right?). Up until that point, I assumed everyone knew about the Nutcracker. Everyone except this guy sitting next to me…

Thankfully, Chip actually enjoyed the Nutcracker and promised we would someday see it again. Which is exactly what we did this past Saturday. After a great dinner at Fleming’s, we made our way downtown to the awesome Majestic Theater to watch the show. It was even better than the last time we saw it four years ago (it probably helped not being paranoid that Chip would want to leave at intermission). It’s cliche, but the dancers were so very graceful and the kids in the Mother Ginger scene had everyone cheering. All in all, the show was absolutely beautiful and the perfect dose of Christmas cheer. I took it as a good sign that at the end of the show, Chip made the comment that we needed to see the Nutcracker more often. Works for me! :)

Ah, young love... picture from four years ago at The Nutracker

Ah, young love… picture from four years ago at The Nutracker

To do list… done! (kind of…)

Apart from my anticipation for the Christmas holiday, I had been looking forward to the past week off of work for the opportunity to tackle an always growing list of projects we have for around the house. For some reason, we just haven’t made the time to get through many of the items on our list. Well, let’s be honest. It’s not always very high on our priority list by the time the weekend comes along. So while my employer Bromley was closed for the holidays, it was time to get to business. First on the list was finishing our wedding scrapbook. We already had a beautiful wedding album made from our photographer, West Vita, but it only included about 50 of our favorite pictures from the day… out of a total of approximately 400 pictures. Since we loved literally just about all of our pictures I wanted to make a simple scrapbook with the rest of our pictures. I got started on this project about two months ago, but turns out the paper I had originally started with was being discontinued. Fabulous. So it was back to square one to find new paper for the scrapbook and then start over. So while Chip was at work this past week I cranked through this and have now finished! I love this giant scrapbook and all of the wonderful pictures that captured moments from our wedding day. Here are a couple of shots of the completed project!

Opening page in the scrapbook - Save the Date and Wedding Invitation

Included our wedding program and lyrics for "In Christ Alone" in the scrapbook

Some of my favorite pictures from our wedding day

More pages in the scrapbook

Our biggest project over the Christmas break was to finally sort through our back spare room. This room is technically the enclosed garage and actually one of the bigger bedrooms in the house. Initially things were organized in there while we were receiving wedding gifts in the mail with each corner of the room assigned to another room of the house (i.e., we had the kitchen corner, bathroom corner, etc.). Well, while we were moving in, anything and everything got stored in here. We’ve been wanting to get through this room for a long time, but the task always seemed so daunting and neither of us wanted to take the initiative on starting. So, while I’m extremely ashamed to show what we were working with, here’s how the room looked at the beginning of our cleaning….

Terrible mess!

Awful, I know. But we would just keep the door to this room closed and pretend it never existed. That’s the healthy thing to do, right? Well, it took us most of the day on New Years Eve, but little by little, we were making progress on getting this stuffed cleared out.

Not too much better...

Making progress!

So much more space!

This is where we ended! We still have a little bit more sorting to do, but we now have a visible room to work with, which is something we couldn’t say three days ago. Our goal is to turn this into a guest bedroom/entertainment room, so with the near completion of cleaning out this room, we now have a list of things to keep an eye out for on Craigslist. We also learned by sorting through this endless pile of stuff the value of learning to live with less. It’s amazing to think how easy it can be to accumulate unnecessary things. We have now both committed to try and live with less and give away items we don’t really need. So ultimately, after now having this room somewhat organized, we’re excited to one day have it furnished!

The final item on our to-do list was to get frames for the canvases we had bought on our honeymoon, which was a 12 day Mediterranean Carnival cruise (the best time of our life). While we were on the cruise, Chip and I wanted to bring back souvenirs that we could put throughout our new home to remind us of this amazing trip, so we bought a few paintings off of street vendors in the various cities we were fortunate to visit. Now, we did not realize it would be a task in itself to get these framed. We quickly learned that:

  1. These paintings were all irregular sizes. Searching at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and online showed us that we would need to order custom frames (ugh).
  2. Even if you could find a frame, a canvas painting cannot be kept behind glass or it will mold. Canvas paintings also have to be stretched out so they hang straight, so we really couldn’t hang these ourselves on the cheap even if we wanted.

Unfortunately, custom framing wasn’t a part of our budget when we first got married. Now that it’s been eight months it was time to pick out some frames for these paintings. We had originally looked at frames at Michael’s, but weren’t too crazy about their pricing options. So this afternoon, we spent some time at Hobby Lobby’s framing department. Their friendly framing expert Karen really helped us out and guided us as we picked out some great frames. They’ll have everything ready for us in two weeks and then we’ll finally get to put these paintings up!

I was also hoping to do a lot of baking/cooking during my time off, but maybe it’s a good thing for our waistlines that I didn’t get to do as much of this as I had intended. The only baking I got to do for us was some delicious milk chocolate cookies, courtesy of the Martha Stewart cookie book. I may like these more than regular chocolate chip cookies… crazy talk, I know, but you should try these for yourself and see if you agree.

Homemade milk chocolate cookies

Hope 2012 is off to a great start for everyone!!

Merry Christmas!!

“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, he is the Messiah, the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!! This holiday was special in that it was our first Christmas as a married couple. While I had been eagerly anticipating our first Christmas together, I was surprised by just how homesick I became a few weeks before Christmas. This was my first year being away from my family for the holidays, and despite being excited for Chip and I to create our own Christmas traditions together, I was sad to not be with my family during this special time of the year. I am so thankful for Chip who was very understanding and loving while I struggled through being away from my family for the holidays. Overall, while I was a little down during these weeks, we still had a special first Christmas together, with some key highlights:

  • Decorating our own Christmas ornaments at Clay Casa.
  • Getting a real Christmas tree and enjoying homemade lasagna with wine while we decorated the tree (with Elf on in the background of course!)
  • Baking holiday breads for family and friends here in town
  • Walking along the RiverWalk, enjoying all the beautiful Christmas lights along the river

San Antonio RiverWalk Christmas lights!

Enjoying the RiverWalk lights

While it was a little strange to not be in Arizona for the holidays, we were both excited to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning in our home. Our friends Matt and Haley were also in town for Christmas Eve, so the four of us planned a special Christmas Eve-evening together. We had dinner at our house, went to a Christmas Eve church service together and then ended the night with drinks and desserts at their house. Growing up we always had a HoneyBaked Ham for Christmas Eve dinner and I felt like I was completing some right of passage when purchasing the ham myself this year :) As always, there was a really long line at the HoneyBaked Ham store (even on a Thursday afternoon at 3:00!), but the wait was worth it! The rest of dinner consisted of salad, bread rolls, green bean casserole and a potato au gratin dish. For dessert, we had a rich, delicious chocolate torte Haley made and a toffee apple cheese pie. Yum!!

Christmas Eve Dinner Table Setting

Christmas morning!

We were both looking forward to Christmas morning and exchanging our gifts for each other. Both of us had been hiding our gifts leading up until Christmas, so we each took turns bringing out our presents from undisclosed locations in the house. Once we got the Christmas music playing (courtesy of non-stop Christmas music from 101.9!), it was time to open our gifts. We let Wrigley go first because we knew he would be so entertaining to watch as he tore apart his gifts and this would also keep him busy and away from us while we opened our own gifts. As we had predicted, Wrigley was a blur of destruction once we placed our gift bag in front of him. All of the toys were a success!

Wrigley getting started on his Christmas gifts...

All the toys out on the floor

Farewell, Mr. Penguin

Now as you might know, I have really enjoyed baking a lot since we got married. So my big Christmas gift from Chip was….

Yay!

… my very own KitchenAid Mixer!! Now, I’ve been wanting one of these babies for a long time. We registered for one before our wedding, but it was one of the items that wasn’t purchased and something we didn’t want to use our precious gift cards on right away as we were moving into our new home. So I was content to bide my time, thinking it would come a couple of years or so down the road. In the meantime, I had been using my trusty hand-held beater…which was a gift my parents had received at their own wedding 25 years ago. Needless to say, it is a quality piece of machinery! While I have some clear emotional attachment to this hand-held beater, I am SO excited about this beautiful, cinnamon red KitchenAid Mixer. I’ve already put it to use on some doggie biscuits for Wrigley, which will be a separate post. :)

Now, Chip has been dropping hints for months about how awesome blu-ray players are. We had also registered for one of these, but didn’t get it for our wedding, so like my KitchenAid, it was something we decided we would get on our own later. Knowing how much Chip liked these for their multi-purpose functionality (they can also stream online content, like Netflix), I kept an eye out for any and all sales for one of these. In the end, I ordered him a PS3 from Best Buy on Cyber Monday. The gift was a success and Chip quickly got it set up that morning!

PS3 Setup...complete!

After we opened our gifts, Chip made us a great breakfast of egg sandwiches with some of our leftover ham from Christmas Eve. We then went to our Sunday church service, came back home to pack up and get Wrigley and then drove to Corpus Christi to spend the rest of the day and Monday with Chip’s mom. We had a great time there and were excited to see his mom, stepdad, brother (who dominated a dance game on the Wii!) and stepbrother’s family, including their super smart almost four-year old daughter. We were so happy we got to see all of them and hope to see them again soon!

Our first Christmas pictures!!

About two months ago, we spent 30 minutes with our good friend Haley to take pictures for our first Nance family Christmas card. This was a big moment and one I was pretty excited for (which is one of the reasons why we took these back at the end of October…). We had a great time being back on the Trinity campus taking pictures with Haley. She got some really cute pictures and was super patient working with Wrigley, even howling to get his attention so we would look at the camera. Below are some of our favorite pictures from our time with her. To see more of Haley’s work, check out her website at Haley Beham Photography.

Family Christmas Picture - Outside the Trinity Chapel

Family Christmas Picture

Something got Wrigley's attention...

One of my favorites :)

Outside the Trinity Chapel

Oh, Wrigley

Merry Christmas from the Nance's!