HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone had a wonderful CHRISTmas season and enjoyed time with family and friends!
For us this has been a family Christmas!
On Christmas Eve we went to my in-law's to spend the day. It was really nice and we enjoyed spending time with family and attending our church's first ever Christmas Eve service! It was PACKED and so wonderful to have all of our family together to worship.
Here we are after the service. Doesn't girlfriend look THRILLED!? HA! MERRY CHRISTMAS KID!
We were able to spend time with our almost 2 year old niece, Taylor.
She is such a cutie and is growing up so much!
I was very excited to get money from my in-laws because they know that I am looking for a new camera. I always love finding the really small boxes with my name on them because I know that there's some much needed funds inside! Caroline got a pillow pet that she'd been asking for and she just squeeled when she opened it!
That night we came home and got ready for SANTA! Our family really tries to put the emphasis on Jesus and the fact that the REAL reason that we celebrate is that HE CAME FOR US. Usually we wrap the majority of our gifts and they are from my husband and me, but there's always that "What's Santa gonna bring you?" question so we leave a few things to put out for Christmas morning.
Here's "the big" surprise...
This year Caroline wanted a doll house! She was really excited when she came down the stairs and saw this (still in the box) and was ready to put it together. Later she opened 5 rooms to go inside so we played all kinds of make believe with her new house...
She is also such a typical kid and would rather play in the box than with the gift!
Then, we waited anxiously for MIMI to arrive because MIMI brings the never ending bags of goodies! I wish I had taken a picture of our tree before and after Mimi and PawPaw arrived! Oh heavenly days!
We read the Christmas story, opened gifts and had dinner and then we sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jesus around our traditional Birthday Cake!
This year Jesus got hot pink icing and pink candles! I am sure He doesn't mind!!
That night it started to snow so we all enjoyed time together just talking and drinking coffee and Hot Cocoa.
The next day we went outside for a while to play in the snow. Even Mimi and PawPaw got in on the fun!
Nice tongue concentration there Mimi!
There are so many things that I am thankful for this holiday. My family is definitely (well, besides Jesus!) the biggest. I know that I am very blessed to have each one of them in my life and I am thankful that we got to be together! We have our flaws and we don't always see eye to eye but over all I do not know where I'd be without each one.