Friday, December 28, 2012

Highlights

At work yesterday I told someone that our Christmas was really relaxing and he said "then you must have not done it right". What?! The point of this holiday for us is to relax, focus on Jesus' birth, family, and togetherness and this year, that was definitely accomplished. I can't imagine describing my Christmas as stressful...that would be missing the point! Anyway, it was so restful that Jon and I forgot to take a picture together haha. We spent Christmas Eve through the 26th at my parent's house (just 20 min away from us) with my whole family and despite bringing my nice camera, it stayed tucked away in our bedroom the whole time. I caught a few things on Instagram but mostly just feel nostalgic about the special times we shared. 

So here are a few highlights....


  • Two Christmas services with my little brother & little sister (and dad and Jon....mom is still recovering from surgery)



  • Lots of cousin kisses between Ernie and Embry (who just opens her mouth when he licks her...too cute)


  • Embry's first Christmas!!!


  • An awesome Christmas surprise from my parents...the whole family is going on an all inclusive trip this summer!! There is lots to celebrate in 2013


  • One of my favorite gifts was bulldog shaped salt and pepper shakers...Ernie wasn't too impressed


  • If you remember last year, Jon grew a beard all through November and December and shaved it on Christmas night so he decided to make that a tradition. Love the beard but glad it is gone!


  • Hilarious rounds of the game Telestrations...if you haven't played it, buy it now!
  • Really cold weather that brought snow to Dallas...none to Austin but it was below freezing which made it nice to cozy up by the fire
  • Christmas movies... Christmas Vacation for a 3rd time in a week, the Grinch, It's a Wonderful Life
  • Comfy blankets and naps
  • New clothes, pajamas, random home stuff. My brother actually got a certificate to go indoor skydiving at this new place they are building by their house. It seems so cool but I would neeeeever do it!
This weekend will be spent relaxing more at the lakehouse which I couldn't be more excited to do!


Happy New Year, friends.

17 comments:

tmack said...

ha ha . Stephen decided to grow a beard for a few months too. He finally shaved it! THANK goodness.
I'm lovin the stages of the shave pictures.

Brooke Houston said...

Sounds like you did it all right! Mine was relaxing too, and I didn't take many pictures... oh well! That's why you have memories. That's so awesome about the excursion! That will be a blast! Also, love the salt and pepper shakers, too cute!

KrystennMarie said...

I think you did it right. Mine was very relaxing and not stressful at all as well. Even though I'm a "like-a-holic" on instagram I still love seeing these pictures on your blog.

Pamela said...

oooh, that vacation sounds GREAT!! Glad you had a wonderful Christmas!!

Stephanie {Life, Actually} said...

Sounds like an AWESOME Christmas!!

Liz said...

A trip to the beach?!?!?! Sooo fun :)

Laura @ Between the Lines said...

How awesome! Can I please be a part of your family just for your trip? ;)

Christine said...

I love the pictures of Ernie and Embry!! So cute! That should be on a Christmas card for next year. Thanks for sharing!
~Christine
xadayinthelifex.blogspot.com

Allyson Butler said...

Sounds like a great Christmas! Those salt and pepper shakers are too cute, and YAY for cold weather!

Chelsea said...

glad that your Christmas was relaxing! those beard pictures are too funny!!

Angela W. said...

Hey there! Sounds like your Christmas was awesome. And I'm with you..who said the holidays has to be hectic?? Major, major shout out to your parents for the surprise trip! I'm visiting from Life of the Wife's sponsor spotlight. I did a little exploring around your blog & love it. And your heart. ;) Now following.

xo, Angela
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stephiesbeadsandbaubles.com said...

I am so glad you had a fun and relaxing Christmas !! I agree that it should be fun and relaxing !! ours was a bit crazy, had to visit three of our kids at thier houses but the youngest came with us. He stayed with us for a couple of days. We did enjoy the snow up here in Dallas, was very pretty !!
Next year we are going to aim for the more relaxing type of Christmas, sounds like fun to me !!

Haleigh said...

I am so glad you had a restful Christmas! Our family got telestrations this year also and oh, the laughs!

KRISTIN said...

I'm envious of your restful holiday. Ours was amazing but with SO many families to visit we're constantly on the go. Yay for vacay! Riviera Maya is my FAVORITE!

meg m said...

love the name Embry!
looks like you did Christmas just right!

Jonell said...

HEEYYY!! I found you..we just saw your HGTV house hunting/buying experience, am excited for you & hope you are still happy with the home you chose.
I am FOLLOWING...hope you will stop over at LIKE GRAMMA'S HOUSE when you have time to linger and read & get aquainted.
Jonell Harrison

Lisa @ MMT said...

So glad you had a relaxing Christmas! Sounds like you had a lot of fun and enjoyed some family time. Just the way Christmas should be!

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