Friday, November 19, 2010

Let Me Count the Ways

I love Christmas.

I cannot explain to you how much I love Christmas.  It is beyond words.

So, let me demonstrate for you how much I love Christmas...

Phil & I had a Christmas wedding.

I start listening to Christmas music on November 1st... 

Go here to listen to Christmas music 24/7:

I cannot listen to this song without getting goosebumps... no matter which version/artist.  But Nat King Cole makes any Christmas song 5 times better.

Candlelight Christmas Eve service makes me cry every time.

We still go to my parents for Christmas and I'm up at 5 every Christmas morning, begging everyone else to get up.

{Yes, that is me, my sister, and my grandma in our Christmas pjs.  I am not ashamed.  Hopefully Gma and Lauren aren't either.  If they are, too bad... it's already posted. haha}

Phil proposed on Christmas.  {Phil + pretty ring + Christmas = very happy Rachel}

There are so many things I love about Christmas.  They're innumerable.

There's a feeling about Christmas that is unexplainable.  And I'm starting to get that feeling once again : )

It's just around the corner.

Monday, November 15, 2010


So, the move is complete.  Well... kind of.  All of our stuff is in our new apartment and we're sleeping there.  But, that's about as far as we've gotten.  Everything else is complete chaos.  Boxes and rubbermaid totes everywhere.

I'm not too worried about it though.  Taking it a couple boxes at a time and enjoying my long weekend off.

We don't have TV or internet at our new place.  Actually, Phil and I have lived the majority of our married life without both of these things.  Whenever I tell people that they always do a double take... "Wait.  You don't have TV?"

Correct.  We have a TV... for movies and Phil's games, but no, it's not hooked up to get any channels.

And it is wonderful.

It amazes me how much time becomes available without these distractions.

We're not anti-TV in any way.  I have times where I crave a few hours of food network, or a couple episodes of law & order svu... and I hop over to my parents for a "fix."

But, for the most part, I really enjoy the absence of technology.  It leaves time for things that otherwise would never happen.  Like reading a good book in the bathtub.  Taking the dog for an extra long walk.  Cooking dinner together.  Taking a drive... just to take a drive.  The possibilities are endless  : )

If you've never done it, I'm challenging you.  Take a day, a weekend, a week, a month... whatever you feel comfortable with.  And commit to shutting the TV off, unplugging the computer, silencing the cell phones.

And enjoy the silence.

Have a beautiful day.