Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas 2014 Recap

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and in the midst of the hustle and bustle, ripping of wrapping paper, and slices of ham, took some time to remember the real reason why we celebrate this day. I know I can quickly let the stress and logistics of getting to 5 Christmas gatherings in one day (down from 7 last year) put me in a "Scroogy" mood. This year I chose to just be in the moment as much as possible. So take a deep breath...here's our whole Christmas trip in one post:

 
Christmas Day Selfie

This was right after Travis was surprised with his mounted and stuffed duck that he shot on Thanksgiving Day. I'm so proud of my hunter but a stuffed duck? Not sure how that's fitting into the decor of our 800 sq. ft. apartment but if it makes the hubs happy, it makes me happy. 

It has been so nice to be home for seven whole days in a row! We got in late Saturday night and spent the first half of the week relaxing and prepping for Santa. Sunday, we attended our church, had lunch with my parents and dinner with Travis' family. Monday and Tuesday were filled with relaxing on the couch, dinner with our families, and watching old home videos.

On Christmas Eve, we headed to my Nana and Papaw's for lunch and to open gifts. We returned that evening for leftovers and then it was time to sort the gifts at Travis' house. A tradition he has always been a part of.

My "Santa" gift that I wanted this year was my first digital SLR camera. I debated all year and almost bought one for my birthday in September but decided to keep doing some more research before choosing. I ended up going with the Canon Rebel T5i and found it at Walmart during the Black Friday sales. It came with a 55-80mm and a 75-300mm lens. It was a whole kit with the bag, cleaning kit, flashdrive insert, extra battery, and so much more.

Anyways, Travis and I put our Christmas $ from my Nana and Papaw, plus a little more from my parents, and bought the camera for Christmas. I opened it on Christmas Eve so I could put it together and actually use it on Christmas day. Needless to say, I took quite a few photos and am so glad I did. Unfortunately, my energy level waned throughout the day and I didn't even take pictures at the last two Christmas gatherings.

These photos are from Saturday morning, before we left to go home, on my old camera:

 
Our Christmas Tree in North Carolina 2014

 
Our Christmas Tree in North Carolina 2014

 
Look what Santa brought...Tucker must have been a good doggie this year.

 
The most exciting part of our Christmas morning...Tucker's reaction to all his goodies.

 
Travis opening his new UK basketball ornament.

 
Travis with his crossword and Sudoku puzzles.

 
I also got him a duck hunting ornament.

 
He had his first successful duck hunt on Thanksgiving day so I got him this ornament to commemorate the event!

 
Travis picked all of my gifts out with absolutely NO hints from me this year. He did great!!!

 
He did hear me talking about wanting both of these though. He listens :)

 
This hangtag cracked me up! Tucker has pretty good handwriting if you ask me. That husband of mine is too funny!

 
My sequin Betsy Johnson wallet. Again, he picked this out all on his own. I had no idea there was a big blush pink purse covered in sequins and a big pink bow waiting for me in the car when we headed home to KY later that afternoon. He's the best!

 
Christmas Eve 2014

 
Travis' Mom hid a pickle ornament on the tree. The first person to find the pickle won some $$$. I snapped the first picture with my new camera at exactly the right moment. Travis found the pickle...haha!

 
Our IMAX...I mean 60" TV Travis asked for from his parents. I can't lie...I LOVE it too...I'm currently watching while writing this post ;)

 
My sister-in-law and I modeling out new diamond earrings.

 
Thanks Terri & Allen for the new bling!

 
My mother-in-law opening her Christmas gift from us. The first picture with the whole family from our wedding last December.

 
Travis sporting his new dress coat.

 
And SUPRISE! His parents had his duck he shot while hunting on Thanksgiving stuffed and mounted. Now to fit that into the home décor.... ;)

 
On to Travis' Memaw and Pops' house for Christmas #2 of the day. This was Travis' dirty Santa haul...I was pleased. A cute ornament and Santa nightlight.

 
My first time playing dirty Santa at this Christmas and I drew #16, the very last number and best position to have in the game! I picked the last unopened gift which happened to have a nice $20 bill tucked inside...ha!

 
Christmas #3 at noon at my parents house. My little reindeer and I were really in the Christmas spirit.

 
My Mom's Christmas tree that I helped decorate at Thanksgiving.

 
Tucker resting in his Santa sweater before the present opening began.

 
Mom made this super cute ornament for Tucker.

 
Travis opening his big gift...let the Scavenger hunt begin.

 
After 6 clues and a scavenger hunt around the house, the final gift was located: a UK pullover with tickets to the UK vs. SC game (at SC) tucked inside! He was so excited!

 
My brother opening his gift from Tucker.

 
Clay always gets something Batman for Christmas since he was a toddler and exclaimed over everything from his Batman bubble gum to his Batman underwear. Tucker found him some Batman boxers I'm sure he was thrilled about :)
 
 
Christmas #4 was at my parents house as well but it was my Mom's side of the family. The last Christmas of the day was at Travis' aunt's house for his Dad's side of the family. After 5 Christmas gatherings in one day, I could barely keep my eyes open or eat another bite. Needless to say, snapping more pictures became lower on my priority list...bummer. Hopefully next year, I will find the motivation to keep going strong all day.
 
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday and quality time spent with your loved ones. The older I get, the more I appreciate these days spent with family, eating and talking around the table.
 

Friday, December 26, 2014

WIW Lately

I'll be catching up on Christmas events next week when we get back to NC. Until then, here are a few of my fave outfits I managed to capture in the last week or so:


Sweater: {Forever 21} Top: {Marshall's} Bubble Necklace: {Bijoux Jewelry} 
Jeans:{NY&CO} Flats: {Marshall's}


Vest & Top: {Marshall's} Bubble Necklace: {Bijoux Jewelry} Jeans:{NY&CO} Boots: {JCP}


Scarf: {H&M} Sweater: {JCP} Jeans: {NY&CO} Boots: {Payless} 


Vest: {Groopdealz, Caralase} Top: {The Loft} Leggings: {H&M} Boots: {Kohls} Purse: {Coach}








Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Card 2014

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you from my sweet little family! 
Our First Christmas Card...!!!!! Here's to many more (and me catching the spelling error before completing the order 😁)


Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Party Wear: The Sequin Skirt

I'm getting into Holiday Party Wear mode as I have two next week. One for my husband's company which is pretty formal (cocktail attire) and one for my research department which is more casual, but I still want to look festive.
 
I have a black sequin skirt that I love to wear for occasions around the holidays. I was looking for inspiration on what to pair it with and came across these pins on Pinterest. Here are my favorites:
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
Do you own a sequin skirt? What are you planning on wearing for holiday events?


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Countdown Plate DIY


I finally finished my Christmas Countdown DIY plate. I found the inspiration for this on Pinterest and gathered the following supplies:

-red charger from Dollar Tree
-chalkboard paint from Hobby Lobby
-ribbon from Hobby Lobby
-vinyl letters (from my Mom's circuit) 

I painted the center of the plate according to the directions on the chalkboard plate. When I was home for Thanksgiving my Mom and I used her Cricut to cut out the letters. I then made a bow and used a hot glue gun to attach. 

A pretty simple and cute way to display some Christmas cheer. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

McQuerry Christmas Decor 2014

Today I thought I would share some of the Christmas décor around our cozy, little apartment. I'm not quite done yet and have a few more projects up my sleeve that I hope to share soon! But for now, here's our Christmas Tree:

 
Before ornaments!

 
AND After... I really wanted to do a red and green whimsical Christmas Tree but I worked with what ornaments I already had from living on my own the past four years during college/grad school. I love the bright colors and can't wait to have a home so I can decorate multiple trees in different themes!
 
This is the first year I bought sprays and used them as a topper and stuffers as well. I really like them! I think this color scheme would be great on a white tree!

 
This beautiful ornament was given to us by a sweet family who I've known and grown up with since I was 6. I will cherish this forever and how absolutely cute is it?!

 
When we were home over Thanksgiving, I made this cute little ornament with my Mom. She was trying to show me how to use her Cricut. She had bought the blank little chalkboard ornaments at Hobby Lobby and we cut the snowman and name with her Cricut. It was so much fun...I could Cricut all day!

 
This is one of the ornaments I made last year after our wedding. This is our wedding program, cut into strips between each line, so you can still read the text, and wrapped in a glass ornament. I did the same with our wedding invitation and topped them off with the black ribbon they were tied with. Such a special keepsake for our tree.

 
This is another marriage ornament that my parents gave us last year. We have many more and I absolutely love each and every one of them. Another perk of having a December wedding: ornaments as wedding gifts!

 
Each year, I pick a theme for wrapping gifts. Usually two coordinating rolls of wrapping paper, ribbon, and hang tags. This year, I ordered an official tree skirt and stockings that match. I love the monogram on it!

 
These are the stockings. I LOVE them. We had to get one for little Tucker too! He can't be left out and is the most exciting part of our Christmas morning (until kids one day). I need to order a few more for when we do have little ones so they all match. Maybe I'll catch an after Christmas sale!
 
I ordered both the stockings and tree skirt through my boutique: Bijoux Boutique. (bijouxjewelryboutique.gmail.com)
 
 
Finally, in our hallway, I put the tomato cage Christmas Tree I made out of wire mesh. You can read my tutorial here. I have plans to make a second one, using a different method, for my Mom. I will be sure to post it!
 
I plan on sharing a few more projects with you, but for now, those are our main decorations!
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