Obviously the best part of our trip to California and the highlight of my year!
Next year I'm looking forward to attending the weddings of friends and planning our perfect day. Expect a lot more Project:Wedding posts around here.
This year Sam and I have made loads of tweaks around our flat to make it feel like home. Most of our efforts have not been documented so I only have one blog post to show for all our hard work around the house. You can read about my photo frame jewellery storage here.
Oh my goodness, I have had a few hair colours this year!
I started the year a respectable brunette:
Caroline is our American friend who Sam and I met at Uni in Nottingham. Since then she has done a lot of charity work in Africa and is currently working in the world's newest country: South Sudan.
Caroline first visited us in February and her trip to the UK prompted a small uni reunion:
Caroline's second trip was in September and she got to help me fix my hair:
Moving to London
Although I technically moved down to London in September 2010 I still had a part-time job up in Huddersfield so it wasn't until March that I secured a full time position in the big smoke and stayed here 24/7.
Absolutely one of the best moves of my life and although I miss some of my brilliant friends that I made at work, I have loved exploring London and being close to the friends who have lived down here for the past few years. Better yet, it was the commitment to Sam that our relationship needed to take it to the next level, but that is the subject of another post entirely!
My new full time job also introduced me to the world of fundraising. Sam and I collected on the Saddleworth Beer Walk in June and then I was part of a team that climbed the equivalent height of Mount Everest in a day.
The wreath I made at the WI lasted quite a while but the berries finally shrivelled up and I was forced to improvise. I decided to go with my favourite craft and crochet a wreath and I'm rather pleased with it!
Are you all ready for Christmas?
I'm still really excited about our trees so here are some more pictures!
Today had been such a busy day for Sam and I. We went to visit a very promising wedding venues at 10am. After our viewing we had a very yummy breakfast from Minkies Deli:
Filled with sustenance, we went out to get our very own Christmas tree which is my first ever real tree. I fell in love with a short stubby pompon shaped tree but Sam vetoed it on the grounds that he considered it to be more of a bush than a tree. Moving on, we managed to find a shape we were both happy with and after buying hundreds of lights and baubles we lugged it home. Sam did a brilliant job with the lights and after my practice with Robert and Ruth, I think I did a pretty good job of decorating the tree:
It is definitely time to mull some wine and watch Home Alone!
Our little family took a trip up to visit Sam's parents and granny. I finally have my engagement ring back on my finger after a few efforts at resizing it and I got to help dress the Christmas tree in Leamington. I have to admit that after pricking my fingers on the branches a few times I gave up and left it to the grown ups so the stunning finished tree isn't really my handiwork.
I cannot wait for Christmas!