our christmas was merry! it's amazing how fast christmas comes and goes when you are a grown up. this year, even the kids agreed it came and went entirely too fast. i was proud of myself in the fact i took 'more' personal christmas pictures than ever... but still not nearly enough.
here's a peek at our christmas eve... and a little bit of christmas day. the 'few' pictures i took christmas morning are on another camera.
christmas eve began with a little more baking. a few pound cakes. i couldn't find my mom's tried and true 5 flavor pound cake recipe (and i think it is actually on this blog somewhere) so i tried paula deen's 'mamma's pound cake.' good but not nearly as good as my mom's. i burned the first two... forgetting to bring down the cook time because my cakes were minis.
kelly was in town. she called and wanted to do a little last minute shopping. which of course i still had gifts to buy! it was raining and the traffic was dreadful... but who wold pass up kelly time even if it is in a car!right before the christmas eve service.... i remembered we had been out of animal food for one (maybe two) days. a last minute trip to wal-mart completed in record time while my family waited for me on the front pew of church.
a favorite part of christmas.
our christmas eve service.
such an incredible blessing!
jeff sang mary's prayer.
just a my blessing!
i arrived home to my very own gluten free pecan pie.
a gift from amy and gail...
my family inhaled the first one before i had a single bite.
a tradition after the christmas eve service....
new pj's and our kiddos open the gifts for each other.
christmas morning and afternoon happens right here.... but later on another post ;)
it was off to my husband's hometown. it's only 45 minutes away and it has always been a highlight.
my kids adore their two cousins, david and ryan.
my sister in law and her beautiful bows.
buddy, our elf, sent her an ornament.
my nephew enjoying a pound of reese's cups....
can you believe i have eaten three of these all by myself.
the 'kids' table is always super loud!
and the gift exchange is super fun!
i have been blessed with a fabulous family on both sides!
to be continued....