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Our Radiant Brunette

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Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day in Cary, with a high around 70. Totally crazy for December, but I’ll take it! We took Zoey for a walk down a trail that has recently been cleared for a future greenway. Right now, it’s basically a bunch of mud and puddles next to a creek. I think it was the greatest moment in Zoey’s life.

When we got back, Zach offered to give Zoey a bath. I later found out that he used our Suave Radiant Brunette shampoo, which made us both laugh. Hopefully it will bring out her highlights.

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The afternoon of Christmas day, Zach and I left Blowing Rock and headed for my dad’s house in Cary. The drive was filled with a great deal of Christmas caroling (mainly on my part) and the alphabet game (one of our favorite road trip activities).

When we got to my dad’s house, we enjoyed a wonderful Shultz style meal of chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, cheeseburgers, and corn on the cob. I’m not sure, but I think it might go against what Zach teaches the kids in Health and Well Being.

In between our snacking, we took turns opening presents. We are so thankful for all of the wonderful gifts we got from both my dad and the rest of the Shultz family. I was particularly excited about a little end table he got me for in front of the mantle (it matches the mirror perfectly!) and for my new (old) typewriter! No, you have not been transported back to 1950. We do own a computer. I had been hoping for a typewriter for two reasons: 1) I just think they look cool. 2) I think it would be really fun to use for craft projects. I realize that there is a typewriter looking font, but it’s just not the same as the real deal. Needless to say, I’m very excited about both these things.

Zach’s main gift was the Panthers tickets, but he also had some really fun things to open including a few gift cards, beef jerky (can you ever have enough?), and a really neat NC State playing card set.

I was so excited to give my dad our present! When we were in Blowing Rock earlier this year, I had worked on the layout for our wedding album in hopes of giving my dad a copy for Christmas. While it took a while to get everything right and there were a few glitches along the way (Zach’s mom’s computer crashed, everything was lost, and she worked incredibly hard putting it all back together) it turned out great, he loved it, he cried. My dad never really wants anything, making him really hard to buy for, so it was so great to get to give him a gift we knew he would really treasure.

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december-12-2008-0281Once school was over, we hit the ground running with our Christmas festivities. On Friday night (the 19th), my dad and I went to see Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker. This is one annual tradition that Zach is happy to leave as a father-daughter event. Over the years, my dad has learned to work the system to get us the best seats possible- front and center! This is the same place he would sit for each and every one of my dance recitals (grinning from ear to ear the entire time), so I’m glad to be able to join him the audience.

The next day, Zach and I left for Blowing Rock to spend the week with the Angle family. We had a great time catching up, playing games, and visiting the outlets. This trip, each of the three married couples got to cook a meal. For our night, Zach and I decided to make Mexican lasagna. The recipe is from our church cookbook, and we absolutely love it- plus, it’s super easy!

Zach helping with dinner- I think it's hilarious that his shirt says "Volunteer"

Zach helping with dinner- I think it's hilarious that his shirt says "Volunteer"

On Tuesday night, we had a mini “Christmas” with Zach’s sister Ashley and her husband Danny, as they were leaving the morning of Christmas Eve. The next day, the festivities continued with church, an appetizer dinner (a fun Angle family tradition), and watching The Nativity Story together. If you haven’t seen this movie, we very much recommend it. It’s so easy to think of the Christmas story in an almost illustrated, story-like way, and we love how this movie encourages us to think about the reality of what happened. We are so thankful that what we celebrate at Christmas is not just a story!

The next morning, we were blessed by the generosity of our family. I was extra surprised to discover that Zach had coordinated with his mom (our talented wedding photographer) to buy our wedding album as a joint gift and have it ready for Christmas morning! The album is stunning- we are thrilled with how it turned out! We got many other fun goodies including clothes, movies, and some fun sports gear.

We look forward to seeing everyone again soon!

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Meeting Mike Minter

Meeting Mike Minter

The view from our amazing seats!

The view from our amazing seats!

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Steve making a great catch- he does this a lot

Steve making a great catch- he does this a lot

Needless to say- he was excited

Needless to say- he was excited

View from the front row

View from the front row

The perfect end to the night (in Zach's eyes, at least)- Waffle House

The perfect end to the night (in Zach's eyes, at least)- Waffle House

december-12-2008-140As an early Christmas present, my dad got Zach and I tickets to the Panthers/ Broncos game this past Sunday night. Our seats were significantly better than we’ve ever gotten for ourselves, and it was such a treat to be so close to all the action! When I snuck out to go to the team store to find some Christmas presents for Zach, I was thrilled to see Mike Minter doing a book signing. While I was tempted to keep it a secret for a great surprise gift, I gave Zach a call and he came down just in time for us to meet Mike Minter and get our picture taken with him.
The Panthers won 30-10, making the night extra great!
Near the end of the fourth quarter a few people started to leave, so we got to sneak down to the very front row, right behind the Panthers bench. We had a great time and are so thankful to my dad for such a thoughtful gift!

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As Christmas draws near, we have been having fun getting the house all dressed up for the season. Here are a few shots of our work- hope you enjoy it!
I found these vintage Christmas ornaments on EBay. I plan on displaying them, but I just love how they look in the old boxes.
I found these vintage Christmas ornaments on EBay. I plan on displaying them, but I just love how they look in the old boxes.

 

My great-grandfather made this sled for my grandma when she was young.

My great-grandfather made this sled for my grandma when she was young.

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Our mantle usually holds my collection of blue glass jars, but I decided to warm it up a bit by making these folded books. Such a fun and super-easy project- I'm making them with the kids on Friday!

Our mantle usually holds my collection of blue glass jars, but I decided to warm it up a bit by making these folded books. Such a fun and super-easy project- I'm making them with the kids on Friday!

When we got home from the Panthers game on Sunday, we were delighted to find this suprise from my dad on the front door. It smells great, and what's Christmas decorating without a little Wolfpack?

When we got home from the Panthers game on Sunday, we were delighted to find this suprise from my dad on the front door. It smells great, and what's Christmas decorating without a little Wolfpack?

Treats for the kiddos...

Treats for the kiddos...

The nativity- it goes so perfectly with the $5 trunk we found this summer!

The nativity- it goes so well on top of the $5 trunk we found this summer!

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The past two weekends, I got the opportunity to participate in the Apex and Cary Christmas parades. I am currently teaching ballet and pointe at a local dance studio one night a week, and this particular studio has an annual tradition of its students- and teachers-dancing in the parades. Even though I was originally not very thrilled with the idea of dancing in public alongside people significantly younger than I am, the parades ended up being a fun, festive way to celebrate.
I was only required to dance in the Apex Parade. For the Cary Parade, I rode on the float with the youngest kids and helped them to blow bubbles, toss candy, and, well, not fall off. A few of the teachers had choreographed a dance to Brian Setzer Orchestra’s “Boogie Woogie Santa”, and the girls did a great job of keeping their energy up through the somewhat long and fast-moving parade route. One technique the studio uses to help the younger kids to remember the steps is word association. Each step has its own corresponding word or phrase that helps to jog the kids’ memory. By far, my favorite part of the dance came when I could hear the kids behind me saying, “Point at my shiny shoes,” knowing that they were doing a particular move that required them to point at their glitter encrusted Converse sneakers. While the shoes wouldn’t have been something I would have picked out for myself, one thing that I love about dance is the opportunities it gives you to play dress up, look a little ridiculous, and do funny things like dance in a parade…even when you’ve already graduated high school.

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We left straight from school last Monday afternoon and traveled to Charlotte where we met up with some friends of ours, Ashley and Chuck, to go see to Carolina Panthers play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Chuck’s last name is Moore. Ashley’s is not. But it will be soon!

We had a great time with Ashley and Chuck! The boys were very focused on the game, and Ashley and I were really focused on keeping bundled up with the pile of gloves, coats, and blankets we had brought. It turned out to be one great night of football! Some analysts have called it the biggest game so far in the 2008 season, and I (in my extensive football knowledge) would have to agree. Zach was in great spirits despite having three seminary finals looming over his head. In the end, the Panthers beat out the Bucs 38-23, taking sole control of the NFC South. It was a pretty big deal. There was lots of high-fiving, and I seem to recall being picked up in the air and being spun in a circle a few times.

Thanks Ashley and Chuck for a great time!

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