Christmas at our House

This year, for the first time in 10 years of being married, we had an “at home” Christmas.  We have always spent Christmas with either my family or Kenton’s, and about half of those Christmases we would be traveling to our destination.  So this year it was nice to not be traveling anywhere and being at home gave us a chance to start some traditions as our own family.

On Christmas Eve we went to a friend’s home for lunch and had a wonderful time with them and some of their friends.  The food was delicious, the company sweet and everyone had a great time.

That evening, Kenton pulled our mattress into the living room and we let the girls stay up way past their bedtime, enjoying lots of quality time and watching Christmas movie after Christmas movie.  I’m pretty sure that was the beginning of a fun Christmas Eve tradition.  The girls had the best time, and loved having everyone sleeping out in the living room together.


Christmas morning was filled with the sounds of paper tearing, screams of excitement, and many giggles as gifts were opened and new toys were played with.  I even got to play with my new “toy”, a Kitchen Aid hand mixer, when I made some yummy waffles for our brunch.

And that’s where our traditional Christmas day ended.  Because that afternoon we broke all the traditional Christmas “rules”.  This happened…


…the beginning of our bathroom/closet renovation!  Our master bath & closet were about the same size, so we are moving the wall into our closet almost 2 feet.  So yes, we will have a smaller closet, but we will definitely enjoy having a larger bathroom!  This means we will have a large, walk-in shower and a vanity/sink almost 2 times what we’ve been using.  Besides, I’ve been meaning to go more minimalist on my wardrobe, so having a smaller closet shouldn’t be an issue 😉


This little guy thinks that wearing Daddy’s beanie and “helping” him with the renovations is just the best thing ever!

So that was our Christmas.  How was yours?  Did you make any new traditions this year?  Were you with extended family or was your day a little quieter than usual, too?

Now I’m off to do some organizing/cleaning of this house and turn it from pure chaos into organized chaos 🙂  Y’all enjoy your evening!



Christmas in August?

It’s hot.  There is no way around it.  So in an effort to keep cool, I am going to let my imagination run wild and pretend that it is a cold, winter afternoon, the tea I am drinking is actually a peppermint mocha, and the following pictures happened only last week.  In light of that, here is our Christmas 2013 family trip.

We packed our vehicle to the max, and headed to cold (and hopefully, snowy) Ohio.    #86 040  #86 049We made a stop in beautiful North Carolina and then, many hours later, we made it to our first stop.  There we were hosted by Kenton’s brother & his wife, and enjoyed some wonderful family time.

There were family pictures taken…
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Stories read, kiddos cuddled…
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Evenings relaxing…
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And snow enjoyed!!
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Then it was time to move on and go to Pennsylvania to be with my family. There, new family members were introduced…
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Games of “try to get away from Grandpa” were played…
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More family pictures were taken (our family with my grandparents, who deserve a post all their own)…
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More snow!
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A family field trip to Herr’s Potato Chips
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Games played…
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And wisdom bestowed…
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Then it was time to leave the cold north and head home.  And while this sweet baby did not take a turn in driving, she & her big sister did an amazing job traveling and we considered this trip to be a smashing success!  The neatest part was to notice how individuals in each of our family’s have grown spiritually, and to then have the chance to speak life & encouragement over them.  We all agreed…this was the best Christmas yet!
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Now it’s back to reality and the fact that it will still be a few months before I actually need that peppermint mocha to warm up.  Until then, I will enjoy my beautifully air-conditioned house and wait patiently for the cooler weather that is bound to come!

Stay cool, friends!