Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas all! The Paynes had a wonderful Christmas, here’s our recap-

On the 23rd, we hopped in the car to head up to Maryville.

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We had a yummy pot roast for dinner and I made butter cake (and Travis made pumpkin pie) for dessert. We asked for a lot of kitchen things for Christmas this year, and we received!

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Travis’ parents also got us ( and Uno) a beautiful blanket. Will’s girlfriend also gave us an adorable basket with all kinds of goodies including these hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookie mixes! Such a cute gift idea!

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We came home on Christmas Eve to go to the candle light service at church. Before church, I was finishing up a scarf for my grandma and completely threw my back out. I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a lot of back pain! Hello heating pack.

Christmas morning, Travis and I opened gifts to each other. Travis majorly spoiled me this year! He’s the best.

First gift was a Birchbox subscription. I have wanted one for a while! It’s a service that will send 5-6 beauty product samples a month. This month, I got Not Soap, Radio body wash, Catherine Malandrino perfume, Lord & Berry sparkly eye liner, Stainiac cheek and lip tint, and my favorite Beauty Protector leave in conditioner. Hair care products are my favorite!

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Travis also got me a beautiful pair of gold earrings! Jewelry is such a great go to gift! I like these because I don’t really wear dangling earrings a lot, so these are great day-to-day wear. They will get a lot of use!

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I also got some meaningful and unique artwork. Even though we have been in our house for over a year, we still have a lot of wall space to fill. Travis got me a framed map of the location we were hiking when he proposed.

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He also got me this unique map of Kansas City. I told him I really like using maps as decorations.

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I would like to get a world map that we can pinpoint all the locations we have been next!

I also got some coffee related gifts this year. Travis’ aunt and uncle got me an awesome 10 cup coffee pot, and Travis got me a mug and a tumbler. Mugs and tumblers are my obsession, I could never have too many.

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Travis also got me a cute case for my iPad.

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To go along with my cooking supplies, I got 2 Ree Drummond cook books and a “small bites” cook book.

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Around noon, we went over to my parents house for Christmas lunch and more presents. Travis smoked a ham (it was such a thanksgiving hit he had to do it again!) and we also made squash casserole. It was all so good! My favorite dish is always the mashed potatoes and the dessert (Platte county pie of course).

Continuing with some kitchen gifts, we got an iced tea maker from my parents and an ice cream maker from my grandma.

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My iPod broke on our recent family trip to Iowa, so my parents got me a new light blue iPod nano! This will make the whole “getting back into shape New Years resolution” easier.

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My mom also picked me out a sweater and some Christmas PJ pants that I will be wearing to my friends PJ pure romance party.

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My grandma also got us these cute spreaders, great for the holiday entertaining.

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Uno got the best present though. Check out his cute new jumper to keep him warm in the winter! My mom sewed it and it is the cutest thing!

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He likes his toys and treats from the rest of the family too!

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Next on our Christmas break to do list is head to the movies to see Into the Woods, The Hobbit, Annie, and Unbroken to use the AMC gift card from my brother and sister-in-law!

I am so lucky to have not only nice things during Christmas time but even nicer people! I’m beyond grateful for all my presents, friends, and family this year!

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