We will forever remember the Christmas of 2014. Our first married Christmas starting some family traditions of our own. We were not able to fly home to Oregon to be with our families for Christmas, but it was such a joy to spend Christmas as a new little family, just the two of us.
We went to Lake Arrowhead which is just a few hours east of LA up in the mountains.
We packed up our Christmas gifts, warm clothes, our tree and left our little apartment in West Hollywood. When we pulled up to our cabin getaway we were pleasantly surprised. And continually pleased by its charm, uniqueness, and amenities.
We found this adorable cabin on Airbnb. Here is the link if you’re interested!
On the night of the 23rd we went to dinner on the Lake at this lodge/restaurant called Bin189 on the lake! Then we headed back to our cabin to have some wine and watch a movie in our cozy and romantic bed! We slept in, went into Lake Arrowhead village for coffee and to stock up on groceries for yummy Christmas food. We walked around the village and went down to the lake and ventured through all the little shops. We found a KILLER deal on coats in this store called Wilson’s leather and I FINALLYYYYY found the leather jacket of my dreams for 60% off! Pretty stoaked on it. Jer also got a nice blazer/jacket which looks quite handsome on him if I do say so;)
Later that evening we went to a tiny church that I found (when I searched Christmas Eve services on Google Maps). It was a candlelight service and we were reminded yet again of Christ coming into the world, and never leaving it.
Then we sat by the fire and watched movies while I cooked Christmas soup, which Jer calls “IPA soup” (recipe coming soon!). We opened our new Christmas Pajamas that we got for each other, and promptly got into them. We both got each other onsies! Mine is perfectly floral, and Jer’s is perfectly flannel. Fitting for us both.
While we ate soup, the apple pie baked, and we enjoyed that before bedtime.
Christmas morning I made Jeremy dutch baby casserole and we sipped coffee, and smelled the cedar wood fire burn all day. We watched the Lego Movie, which we are deciding to make a tradition, and read the Christmas story out loud. We also Facetimed our parents while they opened the gifts we sent them!
One of the traditions we decided to do is take a Polaroid picture on Christmas day, write the date and location on it, and make it into an ornament to be hung on the tree! This is our first of many:)
We had more soup and the opened our gifts to each other. In our stocking stuffers we both got 5-foot long anti-tangle iPhone chargers! Jeremy got me a new and much needed wallet, as well as tickets to Disneyland!!! I have only been once and I barely remember it. So I was VERY excited about that. I had a craftsman apron made for him as well as customized embroidered patches that I sewed onto the apron. One of the patches says “farmer” for obvious reasons, and the other one is an exact replica of his tattoo (the coordinates of his beloved fire pit spot on the farm, and the outline of Oregon) Hopefully this will prevent Jeremy from ruining all his clothes when he builds, welds, creates, works on his car ect. I also got him a new knife aka his 6th finger.
After opening presents we then we went to the movies to get movie theater popcorn and go for a drive around the entire lake. It was such a clear crisp day and the lake and all its surroundings were so beautifully decorated with lights. We ended up deciding to actually attend a movie after all, so we went back to the theater to see “Unbroken.” Which wrecked us both. So unbelievably inspiring. Watch this behind the scenes interview with Louis Zamperini. Incredible
If you see this movie, you must watch this interview. Louis talks about his prayer doing the war:
“God spare my life through the war and I will seek you and serve you.”
But when he returned from the war he was haunted by the past, and forgot about the vow he had mad in exchange for his life. In this interview he talks about giving his life to Jesus after a Billy Graham crusade. After coming home to Christ, his night terrors about “the bird” were gone forever. Amazing testament.
On our way home we prayed in the car for hours about all the people we love in our life, and whatever else the Spirit compelled our hearts to pray for.
Christmas eve was a night in watching the ball drop and a bottle of Barefoot Bubbly of course:) I had to get up for work on Christmas eve at 2:00 am, so I was exhausted. We had our New Years Eve kiss and then dreamed deep.
New years day was a day of resolutions and reflections. Here is a short video to recap 2014. And what a year it was. My biggest and most notable year of my life, by far.
I will be sharing my New Years commitments, dreams, goals, and resolutions with yal over on Scarlet and Gold for their #InspireMeMonday blog! Be sure to check it out!
Best to you all in 2015!!! May it be brand new and better than before.