come sail away

What if I told the truth when people asked me what I wanted for Christmas?  Would people be shocked if I revealed my true desires, or would they just think I was rude — or worse, joking?

Riding in a hot air balloon has been on my bucket list for a while not, but as requests for my ‘christmas list’ fill my inbox from mom, grandma, mother-in-law, and sister, I find myself wanting to tell people that I’d like a hot air balloon.

Not as a ride, per say, but as a mode of daily transportation.

Something to sit in my garage, next to my car, and ready for me to fire up (literally) whenever I’m craving some scenery and adventure.  How lovely does that sound?  Should I be honest about my wishes?  What would you ask for if cost weren’t an issue?

Aside from daydreaming about sailing over cornfields, mountain ranges, lakes and oceans, I’ve been getting into the holiday spirit by shopping for others and getting our Christmas cards ready to go.  Little Kinzie got a sweater as an early gift:
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Jon’s mom sent us this sweet ornament for St. Nick’s:
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We bought ourselves Ticket to Ride, and then had friends over for a game night:
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And, best of all, I convinced Jon to leave work and have lunch with me at The Depot. I was craving fish tacos and my sweetheart, and, well, we ended up getting to have a festive holiday lunch.  ImageImage
The Depot was decorated for Christmas, and when Jon started taking pictures of me in front of the tree, a nice man wandered over and asked if he could take pictures of both of us.  UM.. Yes! Thank you! He took a couple and now I’m making one of them into our Christmas Card.  Which do you like better?
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Anyway, y’all, happy holidays, and remember:
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11 thoughts on “come sail away

  1. Love Ticket to Ride! And while maybe you wouldn’t be likely to get your own hot air balloon, you should totally ask for a balloon ride. I’m sure there are places where someone could buy you the experience! That sounds like it would be SO cool.

  2. Hot Air Balloon rides ARE really cool – quite frankly, just watching the balloon being prepared for the ride is pretty amazing to watch.
    Personally, I like the card ‘Merry & Bright’. That’s exactly how the two of you look 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

  3. All of the best dreams seem to be considered unrealistic. If I could ask for what I really wanted for Christmas I’d ask for a visa and job in China or Malaysia! 🙂

  4. OMG, Ticket to Ride has been one of our favorites for quite a long time. With my son being a train fanatic, it gets pulled off our shelf quite often 🙂

    You know, 150 years ago, people would have said you were crazy to propose we could fly from New York to Los Angeles in 5 hours. 25 years ago, people would have thought you absurd to say we could instantaneously share pictures, videos, and messages over this thing call the internet.

    So, is it really all that outrageous to desire a hot air balloon as a viable means of transportation? I think not 😉 Everything was considered impossible until someone did it 🙂

  5. I love the first one! Both are cute though. I would love to do a hot air balloon ride too! And to have one whenever you need a bit of inspiration… Genius! 🙂

  6. First of all, yes to the hot air balloon. What a romantic little getaway that would be! Second, Ticket to Ride? I’ve never heard of that! Looks like I’ll be throwing it onto the Christmas game list! Third, you are rockin that dress color in your Christmas card photo! Gorgeous! Fourth, I love the Merry and Bright card, but it’s tough to choose when both are so adorable. Fifth, this list has gotten a bit out of hand…happy Thursday! 🙂

  7. I love when I’m out somewhere and someone I don’t know offers to take a picture of me with everyone who I am with. Sometimes you hate to ask people because you don’t want to bother them. I love both of your Christmas cards, but I think the second might be my favorite. But you can’t go wrong with either of them!

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