Oh Joy! A Wonderful Christmas

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I might still be in a food coma from all the incredible holiday tasty treats I consumed the past 4 days, but at least I can say it's giving me the necessary "energy" to get back into the swing of things. Is it just me, or does anyone else go through withdrawals immediately following Christmas? No more holiday tunes on the radio, no more shopping for friends and family, and neighbors taking down their trees and outside lights... oh I can't help but get a little saddened at the thought that it is all over and I have to wait until next year...winter blues, perhaps?
This year, stayed at home and spent Christmas in Nashville with my family since we had travelled to Hilton Head to spend Thanksgiving with Jeff's side. I have to admit, it was so much fun being able to spend the night at my parents' house and wake up with them on Christmas morning to open presents...a very happy heart indeed. Here's the recap of our festive family fun: {I am forewarning you, too, picture overload!}
Christmas Eve, Jeff and I ran around town, having one last pre-holiday workout, picking up a few last minute things, and then packing the car to head to Mom and Dad's...that afternoon, Mom and I got our dishes ready for my grandmother's house, baked sugar cookies, and then got ready for the evening's festivities...church and dinner at Ruth's Chris.
Mom and Dad's house all decked out for Christmas
 My banana coconut upside down cake...see here for recipe--yummy!
Slaving away in the kitchen ;)
 Mom looking gorgeous on Christmas Eve!
 All dressed up!!
{before anyone asks, the dress is from Asos Maternity}
My hubby and I celebrating our first married Christmas!!
After dinner, we drove around downtown checking out some of the fun, festive lights adorning the neighborhoods and then went home to call it a night...we were stuffed and exhausted and wanted a good night's sleep since Santa was coming!
Dad on Christmas morning
 Our fun hats, courtesy of Mom...oh he is such a good sport ;)
 Mom and me anxious to open presents!!
 Stocking time!!
 Mom's new Wayfarers!!
 My favorite present this year...hubby did good!
 Matching LL Bean Beach Bags...great minds think alike!
 Dad's gorgeous new watch!
 And finally, I was able to surprise Jeff with new Ray Bans, too!
After we finished playing Santa, we got ready and headed to Gran and Papa's house to meet up with the rest of the family for an afternoon full of fun...first on the agenda was taking in Gran's holiday lunch followed by present time--woo hoo!! Then we all gathered around the table for a new game--Farkle! If you haven't played, it's a new must...so much fun and of course our competitive natures were out in full effect. After eating leftovers for dinner, we called it a night and headed back to the parent's house to watch The Hangover 2.
Let's be honest, I look absolutely humongous pregnant, but by this point,
I was going for comfort, not for style...haha!
 Lauren and I all festive in our red!
 The adorable basket Lauren made us for Christmas filled with homemade sweets
 I dont ever think I have seen my Gran so happy before...she said it was the best Christmas having her whole family at their house and she beamed all day ;)
 Gran and Papa
Such an amazing Christmas filled with the best family... God is just SO good! We must have been extra nice this year since Santa was very giving this season, too...fun present recap to come, and we all agreed this was the best holiday yet. Even Caroline racked up some adorable presents from our family, which made my heart melt. Hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating with the special people in your life!! OXOX


  1. What a lovely Christmas!! I love how festive your home looks and I really love how beautifully decorated the tree is! Where did you get your sweater in the last picture? I love it!!

  2. Looks like you had an amazing Christmas! Thank for sharing all the pics! --I love those hats your mom bought!

  3. Looks like a lovely Christmas! Love the Tory Burch bag you got! Your mom is to cute with those Christmas hats, love them!

  4. You look great!! Looks like a fabulous time, okay did I miss something b/c you said your favorite present but I don't see the box unwrapped, what was it?

  5. What a beautiful Christmas! You look gorgeous with your cute little bump! You look just like your mom! I love your TB bag and your fun hats!

    Glad you had a great holiday! :)

  6. Looks like you had a very Merry Christmas!

    Love all your outfits!

  7. You look so pretty in your xmas dress!!! Love the TB bag :)

  8. We play Farkled for Christmas too! It has been a family fav for a few years! Looks like a great Christmas!

  9. You look so cute in red! Both your dress and dress shirt are fab!

  10. Looks like a very nice Christmas and you are really showing now--you look so adorable and happy! Love your maternity clothes as well!

  11. Looks like y'all had a wonderful Christmas! And you look absolutely adorable! Glad it was so special! Next year will be a whole new experience!

  12. Looks like the perfect Christmas!! So glad you got to spend it with your fam!! And I ADORE the ASOS dress!! :)

  13. Looks like a wonderful Christmas. Your family is just so cute!

  14. All of your pictures are gorgeous!! What a lovely Christmas!!

  15. Looks like y'all had a fabulous Christmas -- and you, dear friend, are glowing!! You look great!! :) Ps - great choice in xmas pj's - I wore the same ones!