2011 is so last year

2012 is off to a fantastic start in the Angle household. There are several exciting things in the works over here, and we can’t wait to see what God does in our lives in the upcoming year. He has taught us so much about Himself over the course of the past year, and we’re looking forward to drawing closer to Him over the next 12 months.

As much as we’re looking forward to this year, I can’t move forward without backing up a little bit and doing a little recap of the last few weeks of 2011.

Because we exchanged presents with my dad on Christmas Eve, had nursery duty Christmas morning, and headed to Boone for Christmas Part II later that day, this was our very first Christmas morning with just the two of us. I was a little unsure of how things would pan out without the fanfare of celebrating with family, but I was so thankful to get to spend a quiet Christmas morning with my favorite person in the world- particularly because this will likely be our last Christmas as a family of two!

I wanted to cook an extravagant breakfast for our Christmas morning celebration, but since we were leaving town later that day, my plans were thwarted by a desire to not leave leftovers festering in the fridge. Instead, I opted for these based on the recommendation of a friend (thanks, Robin!). (Side note about Robin: she is hands-down one of the best cooks I have ever met. Seriously, there hasn’t been a time that I’ve been to her house when she hasn’t filled my belly with some ridiculously amazing concoction of yumminess. Thus, why I trusted her with something as important as my very first Christmas breakfast. :))

The french toast definitely did not disappoint- highly recommend it!

Since we decided to limit our Christmas decoration to poinsettias this year (showings have been a pretty regular occurrence and we didn’t want to clutter things up), we didn’t have a tree to open presents by. Thankfully, at the last minute I remembered that my sweet sister-in-law had given us this little guy as a thank you when she stayed at our house a few weeks ago. Combined with a cozy fire, it was perfect:

As far as gifts go, there was a definite theme happening among the gifts we have each other. Simply put: Trader Joe’s.

Since I really didn’t have a Christmas list this year, I was super excited to discover that my husband had done some Pinterest stalking and had gotten me this hilarious Etsy print , an adorable book on all things domestic, and the amazing Pioneer Woman cookbook.

The cookbook came with an offer to cook me anything I picked out. (I know, right? He’s amazing.) Even so, I wanted to try something out myself before handing over my gift, so I gave Zach a few options and he (not surprisingly) chose the Cowboy Calzones for New Year’s Eve. Thankfully, P-Dub is living up to the hype.

Zach’s gifts were pretty boyish, including an air tool kit, Quantum of Solace, and a set of CDs of one of his favorite musicians. His favorite, however, was an outfit. Yes, unbelievable. But this wasn’t just any outfit, this little number is now ready for next football season:

When we first found out I was pregnant, Zach told me he wanted outfits for the baby for all of his favorite teams. We already have a couple of NC State onesies, there are Hurricanes and Indians outfits on our registry, and we now have the Panthers covered. Baby Angle is basically set! (But if you see Golden State Warriors, Fulham Football Club, or Columbus Crew baby things anywhere, I’m still on the hunt for those…yes, we support a few super random teams in the Angle household.) We are looking forward to some fun Sunday afternoons of cheering with dad!

Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of our Christmas in Blowing Rock, but we had a great time catching up with family and playing with my nephews and niece who are absolutely some of the most adorable children alive. My sweet mother-in-law surprised us with a Flip HD camera, which we’re so excited to use to catch some fun moments with the baby.

It was a very merry Christmas- I hope it was for all of you, too!

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