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High Five For Friday! ~ Christmas, Family, Gifts and The Farm

27 Dec

High Five For Friday! via The Small Stuff Counts Blog

Wow, Christmas falling in the middle of the week makes for some very short work weeks, but man it’s throwing me off. Can’t complain though!

1. Here are David and I in front of my parents’ tree on Christmas Eve. It was really nice to be home and spend time with family for a couple days. I’m already looking forward to heading back in a week to see them again and open all the gifts under the tree that we didn’t have time for this week.

2. Here are a bunch of my crazy cousins at Grandma’s house on Christmas day. We had so much delicious food! We do a grab bag gift exchange every year, and this year I ended up with a really nifty salt and pepper grinder. I’m actually quite excited to put it to use! It was fun to catch up with everyone for a few hours.

3. I got in on chores while at home on the farm. I busted out this awesome coat because it’s important to stay fashionable while feeding calves. Check it out. My sister, Amy, and I have matching ones from high school FFA. The back says ‘Dairy Foods Team State Champions 2006′. How many people can say they have a coat with a big picture of cheese on the back of it? It’s a great random fact. It’s been an exciting week on my parents’ farm because they installed a robotic calf feeding system. Each baby calf has a chip on their ear and the machine tracks how much milk they’ve drank during the day and cuts them off when they’ve had their share. It was really slick.

4. Behold my new iPad mini. I didn’t take a picture of myself turning it on because I may have been drooling in awe. Haha, anyway it’s been on my wish list for a long time and I’m so excited about it! Thanks to David and our parents for chipping in for it together.

5. And lastly, I am still obsessing over peppermint hot cocoa (and peppermint ice cream). I’m telling you, it’s Christmas in my mouth! (By the way, Lilly says that same quote on an episode of ‘How I Met Your Mother’. I’m pretty sure I coined that phrase because I’ve never seen the show until recently, but I guess I will share the limelight with her).

Have a fantastic Friday! Are you celebrating more Christmases this weekend? What did Santa bring you?


A touch festiveness

24 Dec

Merry Christmas Eve to all you wonderful readers! I thought I’d give you a quick tour of some of the simple holiday touches I’ve added to our apartment this year. I have been working with retailers on holiday shopping promotions since September, so it seems crazy to me that Christmas hasn’t actually happened yet! I put up my decorations a couple weeks before Thanksgiving and have been jamming out to holiday music for well over a month now. I’ve also had my share of peppermint hot cocoas and a ridiculous amount of peppermint ice cream.

Here’s a peak into the Counts holiday decor. We don’t have the space or money for elaborate decorations, but I love added hints of holiday colors and festiveness (that might be a new word) to our apartment.

Holiday decor for small apartments Continue reading

High Five For Friday! 12.20.13

20 Dec

High five for Friday everyone! Wow, this week has gone by incredibly fast–so fast that I ran out of time to publish a post since last Friday. Sorry about that, I’ve been trying to finish a post about how everyone knows everyone in small towns. I’ll be posting it on Sunday or Monday, so stay tuned! I also have a post coming with a tour of our Christmas decorations next week.

High Five For Friday via The Smalll Stuff Counts

1. I am feeling great this year because I had most of my gifts wrapped last weekend. It’s nice not to be stressing about it! Just one more thing to go pick up today and I’ll be all set for Christmas. I have had so much fun exploring all of the shops here in town and successfully completed my 100% local gift challenge. I can’t wait to share pictures of all my awesome finds with you, but you’ll have to wait another couple weeks so we don’t ruin any surprises. This is the most excited I’ve ever been to see everyone open their presents because I found so many neat things.

2. Inspired by this post from Life {Sweet} Life that I found on Pinterest, I started leaving 12 Days of Christmas notes for my husband. Continue reading

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