Christmas 2011

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For some reason, I really struggled with it not feeling like Christmas this year. As I’m sitting here typing that sentence I ask myself, “So then what does Christmas¬†feel¬†like”? And I can’t answer that question right now. I don’t know what it feels like, I just know I didn’t feel like it felt like Christmas. Maybe it was because it didn’t snow. Or because we didn’t have any Christmas parties to go to this year. Or maybe because it was unusually warm and sunny for a Dec. 25 day. Yep, I bet it was that! BUT, I do know that even though it didn’t necessarily feel like what I thought it should have, we made the best of it.

Christmas Eve, Brandon and I exchanged our gifts with one another. It’s been our tradition now that we do our gifts on Christmas Eve, in front of the tree and fireplace, just the two of us. It’s one of the best traditions we’ve started. He once again spoiled me, but lets face it, I spoiled him too. He’s had his eye on a Kindle Touch for a while now, and that’s what was wrapped and waiting under the tree for him! We allowed Lakyn to be our alarm clock Christmas morning, which turned out to be a fabulous idea since we had our Christmas Eve service at church the night before. We didn’t get home til midnight and Lakyn went to bed shortly after. Would you know she stayed awake during the entire thing? Her normal bedtime is btw 8-8:30. I’m telling you, the kid will not sleep anywhere except for her bed! It makes times a little challenging every now and then. She woke up around 9:30 Christmas morning and we went downstairs all in our pj’s. The fireplace was quickly started, and the holiday tunes were turned on. We told Lakyn she could finally open her presents under the tree today! She’s did so well with not touching them this whole time. After we opened gifts and stockings we had a Christmas brunch that I made for us, then packed up our things to head to Topeka to visit with my family for the holiday.

Lakyn’s spoiled, beyond measure and ended up scoring some great loot to take back home with us. Brandon and I made it out with some fabulous goodies as well. Thanks again Mom and Dad for my sewing machine! The best part was just being with family, though. And of course mom’s Christmas dinner. Ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, cherry pie and pumpkin pie. Yep, my mouth is watering. Seriously so good! The rest of the time was spent lounging around, watching football, playing card games, playing with new Christmas toys, eating more yummy food, and there was even a date night for Brandon and I! It may have only been a couple hours, but it was great!

We came back home Tuesday evening and enjoyed a few days around the house. Lakyn and I also loved getting to spend some extra time with Brandon since he had Thursday and Friday off work (days off are rare for him). I had several ideas of activities to fill our quality time, but none of them actually unfolded. Brandon’s parents and one of his sisters made their way to our neck of the woods Friday evening (B’s brother and his wife and daughter joined us on Saturday!) and were here until Monday. In total there were 8 kids in the house and who wouldn’t love to be around that?! There was lots of food, and lots of laughter courtesy of Wii’s Just Dance. Imagine grown men, imagine grandparents, imagine children ages 5-17, and imagine pretty, athletic, rhythm-making superstar moms (myself excluded) dancing the night away. Very humorous, and if my life wouldn’t be threatened I’d upload some of the videos of these happenings for your viewing pleasure. But alas, your imagination will just have to do! We had a wonderful time ringing in the new year and loved getting to spend so much time with everyone!

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Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas this year, and we wish you a Happy New Year!

2 Responses to “Christmas 2011”

  1. Terri January 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Love this!! Lakyn is so stinking cute!

  2. Jody January 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    I’m with you on it not feeling like Christmas, but I couldn’t put my finger on why either. I thought maybe it was because I was just at home with Leah and not at school where all the kids were hyped for Christmas, or I thought maybe it was because I did lots of my shopping on-line this year and didn’t have to brave the stores. My pictures even reflect my un-Christmas spirit, hence my lack of a Christmas post.

    I love the pictures of Lakyn, she’s adorable!

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