Hi everyone! We’ve almost made it to the end of the week, and I am more than ready! It’s been a very busy week for me, and I’m looking forward to the weekend. My mom, step-dad, sister, and brother-in-law are all coming up for the entire weekend for my pre-birthday celebration! Birthdays are a pretty big deal in our family, and we all do a pretty good job of making each one all about the birthday individual. John is still trying to come around to this idea. He’s never been big on birthdays, and he HATES being the center of attention so his birthdays since he met me have been a somewhat painful experience. I do not have that problem. I love birthdays, and I can’t wait to get the celebration going!
I thought it would be fun to tell you all about one of my favorite family traditions. We’re not just a birthday celebration family. We love celebrating any kind of special occasion, and Christmas is the big show. I’ve already mentioned how much I love Christmas, and I can state without hesitation that I come by it honestly. Obviously, we’re also a family that loves to travel, and, many years ago, my mother started combining the two loves.
For as long as I can remember, my mom has bought Christmas ornaments on all of our vacations. The ornament always represents the places we’ve traveled, and she usually tries to make sure the ornament has the name of the place and the year. As we’ve gotten older, Caite and I have adopted this tradition, and I now have ornaments representing a myriad of different places. My mom, Caite, and I have even taken to bringing each other ornament souvenirs from trips the others didn’t get to take. I think this is an awesome way to remember all the wonderful memories we have from our travels. I told John the other night if we keep on traveling like we do, we’re going to have to get another tree .
So today I’d like to show you a few of the ornaments that we’ve collected over the years. I hope you enjoy this view of the world from my Christmas tree!
Caite and I got this ornament on a ski trip to Crested Butte, CO. I’ve been to Crested Butte several times, and it’s one of my favorite places to ski.
My mom brought this one back from her first trip to Canada. She and my step-dad went to Seattle and British Columbia a few years ago to celebrate his 50th birthday.
When we went to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks two years ago, we also stopped in at the Grand Canyon. Leading up to the Grand Canyon stop, I wasn’t really expecting too much. Let me tell you, I was blown away. I was not at all prepared for how spectacular it was. It truly is a wonder.
My aunt, Tace, and Caite took a trip to Ireland, and brought this one back for me. My aunt is very interested in our family roots in Ireland, and the trip was a dream come true for her.
John and I took our first ski trip as a married couple to Vail, CO. It’s the only time I’ve ever been there, and I can’t wait to go back.
This is one of the ornaments I brought back from our Glacier trip. We got this one because of our moose sighting!
Caite brought this one to me from her honeymoon to Antigua last summer.
Last, but not least, this is the second ornament I brought back from Glacier. One of the things I didn’t get to mention when I did my Glacier post was the presence of pit toilets in the back country campsites. The park puts these in as another way to deter human impact, and, frankly, I wish I could’ve just gone on the ground. By the end of our trip, we were so tired of these pit toilets, and the whole experience ended up being a huge joke. When I spotted this ornament a few days after we came off the trail, I knew I had to get it. Hey, even unpleasant experiences become memories!
I hope you guys are all having a great week, and have some awesome things planned for the weekend. Have a great evening!
Does anyone else collect ornaments? What kind?