Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Christmas Recap

Hey Friends!  I hope you had a Merry Christmas!  We have been busy enjoying our Christmas Break.  Christmas was busy so the quiet days afterwards have been great.

The best thing about Christmas for me was that I didn't have to pack up the whole family and prepare to be out of town for several days.  I got to spend my Christmas Eve baking, taking treats to neighbors, listening to Christmas playlists and enjoying being home.  That's the first time in my adult life that has happened and it was very nice.  All of the gatherings we were invited to were about 20 minutes from our house so we just hopped in the van for a quick trip.

We had family gatherings sprinkled throughout the whole weekend.  We opened gifts, ate delicious food, visited with family and I forgot to take pictures at most of them.  It turns out when you're busy watching a toddler tornado that is bound to happen.

The kids all got fun gifts.  They'd tell you the Nintendo Switch, their Micro scooters, squishmallows and a toddler sized tiny wagon were favorite gifts.

Welcome to our Christmasy front door!  It looked great for Christmas and I'm in no hurry to replace it. Boxwoods are my favorite!


Christmas Eve baking (and a glimpse at my counters and floors :)  I dipped LOTS of pretzels and added festive toppings and then I made Hershey kiss cookies.

These mini Christmas pretzels were a big hit at all of our parties.

We ate lots of good food.  Leo was covered in delicious food all weekend.  We travel with a high chair since he's the baby of the family and most of the places we went didn't have high chairs.  We all eat happier when he's contained in his high chair.

Leo got this darling wagon from my in laws and he loves it.  He loads it up and  pulls it all around the house.

I got my mom this personalized family tree ornament for Christmas.  I just LOVE how it turned out.  It's sweet to see all 18 of us on one ornament.  I got sucked into a Facebook ad for this one :)

The scooter gang on Christmas morning!!  Some of our friends in Terre Haute had these scooters and they are SO SO nice.  They are easy to ride and easy to steer.  I knew the kids would like them.  I had my MIL surprise them with them for Christmas.  They've been raiding them nonstop.  Even Leo caught on really quickly.  Now if we could just find their helmets buried somewhere in our garage...

I had the best time wrapping gifts.  We didn't have tons to wrap this year so I went all out on the ones we did wrap.  These were for our cousin gift exchange.  That's always a highlight for my kids.  The kids loved all their gifts although Leo was not interested in opening his presents.  Too much work for the baby of the family.

Kevin's Nana puts up the prettiest tree every year.

It was a really warm Christmas.  That paired nicely with their scooter gifts :)

Is there anything cuter than tiny Leo on his tiny scooter!?  Nope.

Being home to make Christmas breakfast for my family was a huge highlight for me.  We worked together on the menu and we agreed on canned cinnamon rolls, homemade bran muffins, thick bacon and scrambled eggs.

Kevin and I stayed up late on Christmas Eve to wrap gifts.  It was a much easier year than some when he was up all night building play kitchens or Barbie dream houses.

We even squeezed in some late night scootering.

And now it's time to keep unpacking and organizing all of our things.  Pearl is thrilled with all the new baskets showing up at our house.  She looks really pretty in them.  And I'm thrilled that my new shopping options in my new city - Target, HomeGoods, At Home, etc.

What was the highlight of your Christmas?


  1. It looks like a lovely Christmas!! I was sucked into the same ornament and ours was my favorite gift I gave this year! Merry Christmas!

  2. What a sweet thing to be home for Christmas but to still be able to see all your family! I'm so happy for you!

  3. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. The treats look yum. Wishing you and your family a happy 2022!


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