Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Snapshots

This year was a special Christmas. Since moving to Nebraska, the time I get to spend at home with my family is something that I cherish, even more than I did before. Our whole family {cousins, aunts and uncles included} had not been all together since our wedding. And even then, we were still missing Pat, my cousin Kelley's husband who was deployed overseas. And Ryder, who was not born yet! So, like I said, this year was special.

We arrived in Orlando on Wednesday afternoon. We left Nebraska at 2 am on Tuesday morning, after taking a short 2 hour nap. Monday night, we played volleyball at a local gym with Andrew's family until late-- call us crazy, but you can't beat spending time with family, and it was totally worth it! 
The first day we drove 16+ hours to Birmingham, Alabama. My cousin and her husband live there, and they were very nice to let us stay at their place for the night. The second day of driving was much easier, only 8 hours. Thank you for all who prayed for safe travels. We are thankful for God's protection as we drove, especially after not getting much sleep. :)

 Ryder, the cutest little Christmas Elf. :)
 Andrew got his banjo out one night to play for my aunts dad. {pictured} he loves the banjo, and always wants Andrew to play. Ryder was fascinated by it. I think we got a future banjo player in the works! 

We spend Christmas eve with my Dad's side of the family. This is always a highlight, and as I said before, this year being together was extra special. 

 Kelley, Ryder and Pat. 
Aren't they adorable?!

 The Dan Knuth Family
 All the grand kids...and the great-grand child. :)
 My Family.

 Ryder was so funny to watch open gifts. Usually he cared more about the paper and the box, but there were a few toys that caught his attention.

 Andrew, Kori, Katie, Andrew. :)
 We played this game at the end of the night for a bonus Christmas present-- $42! It got pretty competitive, and we laughed a whole lot! 
 Katie and Kelley were the final 2. 
 and Katie won. :)

Christmas morning is always spent at my Mom's side of the family. But first we get up and have a family gift exchange. Having Andrew here to share it with us this year was totally awesome. My mom surprised us with an early anniversary gift, a scrapbook from when we were born to our honeymoon. I wish you could all see it because it is just amazing. 

Gabby got a silver name tag for her collar from Tiffany's.

.....if you thought I was serious, please flick yourself in the ear...

After our family gift exchange we go over to my grandma's for our traditional Christmas breakfast. 

The boys spent most of the morning shooting oranges with bb guns...boys.
Fulmer Family
Grandma and the grand kids... and great grand son, Hayden.

Can I just say, that this man is absolutely amazing?! I am so thankful for him! And I loved being able to spend our first Christmas together. :)

"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."
Isaiah 9:6

Friday, December 16, 2011


Shortly after we got married, Andrew brought up the idea of moving to Florida for the winter. At the time, we were talking about it more hypothetically, or jokingly. Seriously, but not seriously. More like a far off dream or fantasy. I mean, who wouldn't want to spend the frigid Nebraska winter months, in warm sunny Florida?!

Every now and then we would talk about it, and somewhere in those few times we talked about it, it went from "that would be so cool" to "yeah, we're definitely doing this!" And since then God has opened doors, arranged opportunities and provided necessities that we needed to make it all possible. We both will have jobs, we will have our own house that is not too far from my parents and best of all, we will get to spend at least 2 and a half wonderful months with my family, which is totally awesome.
Though, we are DEFINITELY going to miss our family up here. But, winter is a great time for a trip to Florida... right, family?!?! :)

{we'll think of all you northerners as we lay on the beach, and soak up the sun...hmm was that mean? :)}

So, now the crazy the packing has begun. We're not taking ALL of our things, but we are taking most of our clothes. Florida weather is so crazy. It could be 40 degrees one week and 80 the next. Thus, the need for variety in our wardrobe. 

We'd appreciate prayers for safety as we drive. It's going to be quite the trip :)

Florida, here we come! 

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Snow Day

I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've seen it snow. I've been snow skiing a number of times, so I've been in snow a lot. But actually SEE the white stuff fall from the sky? That's been a rare occurrence in my life. Saturday morning, it started snowing. I felt like a kid on Christmas, as I sat at the window watching the snow slowly cover the ground. I would try and get something done, but I'd always end up back at whatever window was closets to me. :) 

 It was the perfect day to stay inside, sip hot chocolate, and do some fun winter-y baking with my husband. :)
 Making Apple Cake. Andrew got to chop up all the apples. Doing anything in the kitchen is much more fun when you get to do it together. :)
 Once the snow stopped, we went out to enjoy the winter wonderland. It totally feels like Christmas now. Just like they describe in all the Christmas songs! I've always listened to those songs while it was 80 degrees and sunny outside, now I know what they're talking about. :)

It was most definitely one of my favorite days ever. Snow is truly one of God's most beautiful creations.  

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Asher David

 I have a nephew! And just look at his precious little face!
Born November 30th
at 10:35 am. 
7 Lbs

 Now I have a November birthday buddy in the Wissmann Family! 

Congratulations, Josiah and Abi 
and, big sister, Joanna!