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Christmas in Utah

Welp, Christmas is officially over and I'm a little bummed about it. There is so much anticipation leading up to it and then it's over, just like that! It was so nice having both of our families out here. My only regret is not taking off at all last week, it made the week go by too quick and I didn't get to spend as much time with family. Lesson learned. We were still able to start new family traditions and make memories.

Last Saturday Chris and I were able to go to the temple with his family. It was really special for us all to go to the temple together, since we have not had the opportunity to do so. Being in the temple helped me to focus on what's really important -- The Savior and my family.  It's so easy to get distracted by everything that's going on during this busy time of year so I'm thankful we took the time to go.
Monday night we went to Temple Square in Salt Lake City to see the lights. It's so beautiful during this time of year and despite …
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Holiday Happiness

We have always gone back to PA for Christmas so this is the first time since we've been married that we will be spending the holidays in Utah -- and the best part is our families are coming out here to spend it with us! 
Typically we don't do much decorating because we aren't going to be here and to be honest, we're super cheap. We also haven't started any family traditions of our own! Having a baby has definitely changed that -- I guess kids have a way of making the holidays extra special. 
The Saturday after Thanksgiving we started the tradition of decorating our house for Christmas (stay tuned for a long overdue house tour in an upcoming blog post). Chris's family growing up always went to Lancaster that Saturday. They went to a Christmas tree farm (non-existent in Utah) and picked out a tree to cut down and ended the night by decorating the tree. We also have a few decorations that we are going to attempt to make! We will have to share how that turns out! Oh C…

Welcome to Our Blog

Chris and I decided to create a blog for a couple of different reasons -- and yes, we are both behind this blog and it's going to be EPIC. We have a lot of family and friends that we live far from (about 2,131 miles from to be exact) and we thought that having a blog would be a great way to share our life with the people we love. We also wanted to keep a record for family history and we both are terrible about updating our journal -- Chris currently has a blank journal. 

We have felt inspired to share more of our life and how we strive to have a healthy marriage, financial security, and growth and development in all aspects of life. Many of the blogs I have seen paint the picture of a perfect life -- this blog will be more like a beautiful mess. It will also be a creative outlet where we can share some of our DIY projects, home improvement, home decor, food masterpieces, photography and anything else we feel like sharing just because. It will be a medley of all things Chris, Alanna…