Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Lovelies

Christmas is always a great time for me and my family =) It has been especially wonderful sharing the last four (this year marks the fifth) Christmas with The Husband. This year was a little different than previous years: football was Saturday so that changed some of our plans for Christmas Eve and the way we did food. We wanted to have a progressive dinner but we were already at my parent's for the games SO we decided to nix the progressive dinner idea. I made some cheesy spinach and artichoke dip - I will definitely need to share that recipe as it was AMAZING! My parents cooked the traditional Christmas meal and then we got ready for church.  I really enjoyed church this year - I don't know if it was the church we attended or the place I am at this year but it was amazing. I felt at peace and jubilant =)
On Christmas Eve we always exchange gifts as a family - so after church we went to my parent's house for dessert, pictures and our gift exchange =)

Christmas morning, we got up and went to my parent's for our "Santa" gift and breakfast. Afterwards, we went home and J and I exchanged gifts. We showered and changed and made our way to J's parent's house to exchange gifts with them and OF COURSE took more pictures =)
After eating at their house and exchanging gifts, we made our way to my sister's house where she was hosting Christmas Day dinner and where my grandparents would be to exchange gifts with them...and of course more pictures =)

I was so spoiled this year:

Shark S3501N Deluxe Steam Pocket Mop
ND® New Directions Cooper Faux Leather Boot 

I can definitely say I was seriously spoiled this year =) I love all the thought that went into my gifts AND I LOVED being able to give gifts to our families. My favorite part is putting together gifts for everyone and seeing how happy our thoughtfulness makes people. =)
Oh and one more gift of note -- I bought the husband a gun:
Yes, yes it is a Nerf Gun =)
Did you get all you hoped for this year? Do you have any special traditions??


Nicole said...

Kind of jealous you get all your families to cooperate for pictures. My mom refuses to have her picture taken so I always have to sneak them of her. She almost wouldn't even cooperate for my wedding!

Michelle said...

I love Coach's perfume! My fave! Such great family pictures! Glad you had a wonderful Christmas!!

BeckyJo606 said...

Sounds like it was a great christmas! I love my Nook so so much! :) Merry Christmas!

Kristen said...

Looks like you got some great gifts Ashley! :)

Happy New Year!