Christmas Eve Recap 2011

 

As I mentioned last year, today is one of the most sad days of the year for me. I am obsessed with the Christmas season, so the end of it is just so depressing. We usually leave our decorations up until New Years, but honestly, I am just ready to put everything away because it makes me so sad how far away next year is from now. I had a great weekend with my family and it went by SO FAST and I don’t want it to end. January and February are my least favorite months of the year. Christmas is over, and It’s just cold outside! Ok now that I have bummed everyone out, here is what we did on Christmas eve.

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I woke up early to get into the kitchen. I had a LOT of baking to do. I always give our relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins) a bunch of baked goods for Christmas. I made the Snickers cookies I make every year, fudge, reindeer food, and pretzel candy. My mom was baking as well, so it was fun to just hang out in the kitchen all day listening to Christmas music. The boys could come in and out from playing the Wii and watching TV. (They also had to make a quick trip to the grocery store for me for pretzels!)

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My dad cooked some prime rib that we were going to eat for dinner, so we had to smell it all day as it cooked. Delicious!

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I took a couple breaks to take pictures and watch the boys for a few minutes.

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she wouldn’t look at the camera!

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neither would she!

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We had pizza for lunch, then that afternoon we headed into New Orleans to visit my grandmother and my uncle. Unfortunately, the only picture I took was of Bobby holding my grandmother’s obese dog. You can’t tell from the picture, but this dog is massive.

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We ate an early dinner over there before heading to church.

Side note…anyone ever heard of Jessee Duplantis, the televangelist? Well, he just built his “new house” down the street from my grandmother….it’s over 31k square feet and has a bowling alley. He “preaches” on TV and begs people to send him money in the name of God…and then he lives in this. Makes. me. sick. DO NOT SEND HIM MONEY! HE IS A FRAUD! here is his house:

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I wish I was kidding. Ok, back to happy thoughts! So we headed to church at First Baptist New Orleans (my parents church), which is where I got married almost 5 years ago.

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It was a great service. We were all given candles, and at the end, we all lit our candles by passing the flame from person to person all around the church. Then we stood up, raising our candles with all the lights off in the sanctuary, and sang silent night. It was absolutely beautiful and such a great moment. My favorite part was when we sang this verse, all holding out candles:

“Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth “

It was just one of those moments you would love to just freeze in time. So very cool. After church, we came home and had a delicious supper.

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I used those new stick on nails strips. So far they are holding up well and look cool!

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We made a fire and chatted for awhile.

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Then, my sister and her husband came over and my dad read the Christmas story from Luke 2 and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

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He has been reading out of that book since I was a little girl. Smile

We were all pretty exhausted, so it was off to bed so Santa could come!

QOTD: What did you do on Christmas eve?

Christmas Weekend Happenings

 

It’s Christmas Eve! It’s Christmas Eve! Bobby and I (and the girls) are at my parents house for a few days to celebrate. Today will be lots of baking, lots of Christmas music, and of course, a fire in the fireplace. We are going to visit my grandmother and then go to church later this evening, and then my sister an her husband will probably come over. I can’t believe the holiday snuck up on us so fast, I’m excited but also sad that so soon it will all be over. Yes I am one of “those” sentimental people.

On Thursday night, Karen and her husband Jason stopped in for the night at our house on their way back from Disney World. We took them out to our favorite Mexican restaurant, and Karen and I did a lot of chatting until late into the night. It was great to catch up!

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Please ignore my wild hair and no makeup.

I was sad they had to go so soon, but we also had a lot of packing up to do to get to my parents!

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Last night, we did a lot of chatting and catching up by the fire, followed by a game of scrabble flash. We ate our favorite pizza from a place called Marco’s, and then all watched The Santa Clause. So far it’s been a great holiday weekend, and I can’t wait to have some more Christmas fun!

I hope wherever you are, that you are enjoying time with your loved ones. I love y’all!

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QOTD: What are you doing today? baking? visiting family? share!

More Sights of the Season

Happy Christmas eve eve! I hope you are home from work and relaxing with your families! I am sitting by the fire, hanging out with Bobby and my dad (mom is at work) and getting ready to play Wii. We have two Christmas parties to go to tonight, one annual one we go to every year across the street, and the alumni Christmas party for my High School. We are going to be a party hoppin’ couple tonight! The next few day’s won’t have a ton of substance as far as blogging, running, the inner workings of my crazy life, because I will be spending time with my family, and I suggest you do the same, so, get off the computer!!! Smile 

Here are a few more pictures from my parents house.

Making Reindeer food

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Bella patiently waiting for Santa

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Christmas cards!

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my dad buys two of these every year!

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I caught you, Santa!

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Bobby finally got his law school diploma and law license framed. (Ignore all the dog toys)

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My mom’s birthday is on Christmas day, so my dad had flowers sent to the house yesterday so she could enjoy them for a few days before her birthday.

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Bobby and I ran three miles this morning. It was a little chilly but beautiful and sunny! Now I have more energy and can eat more at the parties tonight. Haha!

Have a great day everyone! I am so excited for my two favorite days of the year!! Tomorrow we will bake all day, and watch Christmas movies and play Wii, then tomorrow night we will read Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the Christmas story from Luke in the Bible.

QOTD: What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Christmas Rip-Off

 

This morning, Bobby and I went to the grocery store to stock up on all of my baking essentials for my baking extravaganza! I bake a lot for Christmas for my family, and for fun. Since I am not in my own house this year, I had a lot of ingredients to get. While shopping for M & M’s (there were no more red and green ones!) and Snickers for my famous snickers cookies, I realized that the exact same size bag of “Christmas snickers” and “regular non-Christmas snickers” were different prices!!! Are you KIDDING me? The exact same candy but in “Christmas wrapping” is 60 cents more per bag? I don’t know about you but I think this is a rip off and it makes me so sad because that shouldn’t happen on CHRISTMAS, that’s not the reasons for the season!

Maybe I am getting too worked up about this, but it just really really makes me sad. Well, you can bet what I did. I bought the non Christmas kind. I mean, I am unwrapping them and putting them inside of cookies anyway.

I bought a regular bag of M & M’s and will pick out the red and green ones that I need for my candy! I know I can be quirky, nut really, am I the only one that thinks this is a total rip off? because they know people will buy them?

Ok, I feel better now. Smile After the crazy shopping trip, it was time for the Saints game. Bella did NOT want to watch the game with grandpa.

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The Saints fought hard against the Ravens, but being a southern dome team we do not do well in the wind and cold. I think Brees was getting frustrated with the wind changing the ball’s trajectory. Oh well. We will still hopefully be in the playoffs.

Bobby left to go back to work an hour ago, but he will be back Wednesday night and staying through Christmas. Tomorrow I am going to try a short, speedy run and see how I do after yesterday’s run. Have a great night everyone!

 

QOTD: What “rip off” is your biggest pet peeve?