Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

We've had a wonderful Christmas in our new home. I was neglectful today and didn't take enough pictures as we opened gifts and visited with family - a sign that I was really enjoying myself. If I remember to get the camera out, it usually means I'm bored. But I did take a lot of pictures of our decorations a few days ago, aren't you excited? Here's our tree in the day...

....and at night.
and closer up.

And the tree in our front room. We bought this artificial tree a few years back, but every year I can't resist buying a real one, so we end up with two trees.

Stockings hung by the chimney, and a sleepy dog in the corner.

The entry.

Sawyer was so excited this morning to find a basketball hoop from Grandma and Grandpa Watts.
He shoots...
and he scores!

We opened gifts (Eric: Battlestar Gallactica Blu-ray box set, Wii console; Me: food processor, Wii Fit; Sawyer: board games, V-Tech laptop, fort building set from Grandma Toone, books from SueSue and Granddad) and around 11:30 Erin, Robbie, Megan, Ryan, Caroline and Mary Grace came over. We had brunch together (egg casserole, cheese grits and monkey muffins) and then exchanged MORE presents. We were sad my grandfather couldn't make it - he had planned on coming but wasn't feeling well. After all the gift giving and visiting we were all tired so we put on a movie for Sawyer and Caroline upstairs and the grownups watched Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. I say "watched", but really everyone but Eric and me fell asleep within the first 20 minutes. I got a cute shot of Ryan and MG:
Even Penny joined in on the napping. Once I took off her Christmas pajamas, that is. She was too humiliated to sleep while she had them on.

Pretty soon it was time for dinner.

We had standing rib roast with port gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, haricots verts, homemade rolls with creamed honey, and cranberry apple Jello salad. Dessert was my dad's famous ice cream pie (Ben and Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk ice cream smooshed into premade Oreo cookie crusts.) I meant to get a picture of all of us eating, but of course I forgot. But I think everyone enjoyed it, and we had a great time chatting and being together. I'm so glad we had family members close this year and we could spend time with them, especially Robbie who came all the way from Miami. We missed my parents and Tori and Tanne a lot, and Eric's family too - it's always hard that we can't see everyone every year.

The past year has brought lots of changes for our little family, and many new opportunities. Tonight I'm feeling very grateful for all I have - especially the people I love the most. Merry Christmas everyone!


  1. I had to smile while reading this post - we do so many things similarly! We have our old artificial tree in the living room as well, and the real tree I can't resist in the family room. There's just something about a real Christmas tree! Glad you had such a great Christmas.

  2. Hi Chelsea! I just realized you had a blog and I LOVE to read blogs. I'm glad you had such a good Christmas. It's fun to keep in touch by Facebook, but blogs are even better!

  3. I'm so jealous of your gorgeous white mantle!!! Your house looks great. I bet you love having such a big place to decorate now!

  4. Heidi, that is so funny that you do the fake tree/real tree thing too. Great minds think alike. :)

    Steph, Yay, I'm excited to check out your blog!

    Arianne, Thanks! I love the white mantle too, it was painted tan when we first moved in. This is the first Christmas we've ever had a fireplace to hang stockings on.

  5. Your home is the epitomy of what Christmas should look like! I love it!

    Pennys jammies are hilarious!!!! I love them!

  6. I love your decorations-you did a fabulous job!! sounds like it was a wonderful christmas!

  7. Looks like you had a great holiday! The house looks fab too :)


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