Christmastime this year was so sweet. We aren’t used to spending Christmas in the same place two years in a row so it was a treat to have little New Bern traditions. This year we really decked the halls with our slightly larger tree. I was dead set on going to this Christmas Tree farm about an hour away. We hopped in the car (sporting our red and green Christmas attire), grabbed lunch in downtown Kinston, and just before arriving at the farm it started pouring rain. As the rainfall crushed all my Christmas hopes and dreams we drove right on back to New Bern. Thankfully we arrived just in time for the Christmas parade and floatopia along the river.
We drove right on back to the trusty Christmas tree lot on the side of the road (we’ll chock it up to wanting to keep tradition?) to pick out our perfect little tree.
It was perfect. We set our Christmas day for a week before Christmas and it was perfect. We started our morning with coffee and french toast and then exchanged gifts. This year we were actually able to surprise one another. I’d say it was a roaring success. I’m so thankful for the little traditions Ben and I have created over the years. We’ve spent Christmas in London, D.C, Cartagena, and now New Bern and I’m just so thankful. No matter where we live or where we travel to, it is so sweet to share the holidays with him. Also, let it be known that Ben is seriously stepping up his Christmas spirit game. I am one proud wife. This year we traveled back to Roanoke for Christmas and I sadly did not pull my camera out once. But, I did snap a few pictures on my polaroid and goodness I cherish these snapshots of time. Christmas was filled with so much family time, a lot of “unwrap the saran wrap ball dice game”, and even more food. Having both families in one place has been so sweet and I love that we get to spend so much time with each. Here are just a few little glimpses of our time at home.Honestly, I’m obsessed with this child ^
The best brothers. We had a cajun Christmas and dad finally taught Ben all the steps.
He makes Christmas all the merrier^Mom nailed Garrett’s ornaments this year^She’s the best!
It’s been nine years with this guy. Thankful that high school Ben decided to say hello to high school Carrie.
To celebrate New Year’s we took a day trip to Raleigh. It was spent shopping around, reading at a favorite coffee shop and then most divine dinner at Brewery Bhavana (who new a brewery/dim sum/bookshop/plant shop fusion would be such a perfect combination?!).
New Year’s is such a sweet time to talk about the past year and chat about our goals for the next year. I just adore getting to walk through life with Ben. I’ve got a good feeling about 2018 and can’t wait to see where it takes us.