Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas in Review

I survived days without computer access. How many of you can say that? I stayed the night at my mom's last night, and she has a computer. Woo Hoo!!! So...while she's in the kitchen making me a fresh pot of coffee (isn't it nice to go back home?), I'm going to blog.

I thought you might like to see some pictures of my mom's Christmas decor.
I left my camera at my in-law's, so I used my mom's. Her camera wouldn't let me take different shots, so they're pretty basic. I wish you could get the full effect of the tree.

The best picture I could get of this wreath had to be blurry. Bummer. It's pretty.

My best friend and I have spent every Christmas together since we were born. (He's also my first cousin.) He moved down to Florida in August, and it was my understanding that because of the new move, he wouldn't be up for Christmas this year. You can imagine my surprise when he came out from the kitchen when I got to my mom's. I screamed, I cried...what a great present!


A tradition for us is that my mom reads "The Night Before Christmas" (we celebrate on Christmas Eve) and then we open presents. Great picture, eh?

A benefit of having a best friend who flies to Peru for his job? Alpaca wool accessories for everyone! :) Too funny!
Anyone who knows me knows my unwavering and overwhelming love for my grandparents. My dad passed away at Christmas 7 years ago, and they are the only family on his side. We are extremely close. Look at them? Aren't they adorable?

Don't let my grandpa fool you. He never smiles in pictures, but he's the cutest thing you'll ever see.
I love this. Get comfy, Pop!
Well, this might be it for a few days. Lots of family time is needed now. I'm going home today only to clean my house for houseguests that will arrive in a few days. Aaauuuuggghhh!
I'll be back soon!

36 comments:

Letti said...

I am glad to see you back. What a nice surprise to have your cousin/bff home for Christmas. I am glad that everything went well. Your mom's home is gorgeous as always. I can't wait to see yours again.

monica said...

Looks like you had a great time! :)

Jessica said...

Great pics! I love your Moms tree and your grandparents are precious!!! Be safe on your way home and have fun cleaning! Thats what I will be doing today.

Stephanie said...

I just happen to come across your blog from another one and glad I did! I will be back to visit again later when I have more time! Love your style :)
~Stephanie~

Jessica said...

What a fantastic Christmas!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Isn't it great to be with family you love! Your cousin is sooo cute!

Valarie Lea said...

Love all the pictures! Have a great time with your guests. :)

Prissy Southern Prep said...

I am loving the pictures! Adorable!

Caren said...

Merry Christmas! Looks like you had a wonderful celebration. Your mom's tree is really pretty. Thanks for sharing!

Kaitlyn said...

Glad you had a wonderful time, Merry Christmas!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Looks like a perfect Christmas to me...lots of family, friends, and fun! Those alpaca wool accessories ... too funny! Your grandparents are precious... and so are you! Glad you had a Merry Christmas.

~Amanda

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Thanks for sharing the pix of your holiday. I just love taking a peek at others lives. :o) You're so darn pretty. Enjoy the time with your fam!

Tanya said...

Aww, I just love your family photos. I love how your daughter is clasping her hands together as your mom reads to her!

Thanks for sharing!

Kris said...

We have the same tradition of reading TNBC and then opening new pj's (my mom wanted us in cute pj's for pictures every year!)

What a fun surprise to have your best friend there too!

Happy housecleaning! We are doing the same without the guests coming. My house is getting a major overhaul!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Chris,
I enjoyed your mom's tree. Has she stopped blogging?

Your pictures are great, and you and hubby make a cute couple!

Stephanie said...

Great pictures! Merry Christmas :)

Jodee Leader said...

It looks like you had a great Christmas. Your grandparents are just too cute!

Nancy said...

So glad you're having fun and family time! Happy New Year!!

Layla said...

I missed you!
Looks like you had a great time though!

Hugs,
Layla :-)

Layla said...

I missed you!
Looks like you had a great time though!

Hugs,
Layla :-)

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness...tell your Mom I LOVE her tree. Now I know where you get so much of your Pizazz!!!
These family photos are adorable. Your Pop and Grandma are SO cute. I'm sorry to hear about your daddy passing on. Mine's been gone for eight years. How nice to be reminded by this beautiful season that we will see them again. : )
Take care,
M.L.

Shannon said...

I'm glad you had a great Christmas! I love seeing everyone's pictures! What a great surprise from your cousin!!

Cali Girl said...

your grandpa is sooooo cute!!!!!

AndreaLeigh said...

what a great christmas! thanks for sharing pics of your family. you look beautiful in these shots!

Sue said...

LOVE your mom's tree. I would loved to have seen your face when your cousin came in! Surprises are so much fun.

sandra/tx said...

Your whole family is just too cute, Chris. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

Susie Harris said...

What an awesome family you have! My Mom lives about 13 hours away and she does have a computer BUT... no service. What! I know crazy but she says she is afraid she will catch a virus and it will kill her computer. The last trip up I didnt even know what a blog was must less have one of my very own. We need to get her up to date so I can go for a visit, hehe. Really its best she doesnt have service that way its more family time. Take care and enjoy your sweet ones!

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

I just love your blog! I finally got around to adding your button to my list of faves. Hope you have a wonderful new year!

Mimi Sue said...

Looks like lots of fun. Tell your mom she needs to post more often! I'd love to see more. Mimi

Natalie said...

Glad your holidays are merry and bright!

Super cute family photos!

-Nat

TMS said...

Love your family pics!!!!

countrygirl3031 said...

Hi Chris ~ what wonderful pictures. Your mom's tree is just gorgeous! I love the wool hats...too cute!

Glad you had a great Christmas!

Hugz,
Michele

Our Complete Family said...

Glad you got some online time!
Looks like Christmas Eve was an awesome time for you guys!
Happy cleaning for your guests hun!
Happy day wishes~ Les

Amy from Texas said...

Nice to take a break and hang with family. Glad you had a happy Christmas:-)

The Golf Widow said...

My daughter and my nephew are both 8(4weeks apart)and best friends. I hope it lasts a lifetime!!! :)

Jo said...

Looks like you had a great Christmas! I love the pictures with your family, moments to cherish!

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