Wednesday, December 29, 2010

our Christmas weekend {30 photos!}

I can't believe Christmas has come and gone.  I had 4 blissful days off of work, and what do you know, i wake up on day on sick.  I'm sitting on the couch bundled up as I type this because I am still sick.  My voice is long gone and my body is just achy and over it...

We started  the holiday weekend on Thursday night walking the two streets in historic Oxnard that get all decked out for Christmas. we even saw Santa!

Christmas eve we slept in {to a whooping 830am, i also woke up at 3 am super sick, with the chills and might have canceled Christmas! }we lounged around the house and then took khloe on  walk along the board walk. It was the first sunny day in 2 weeks {it is a big fat lie that is it is always 70 degrees and sunny in California...we don't get the snow storms others do but we are not always running around in tank tops and booty shorts}.

it was a really nice walk, khloe was beyond excited since she had been cooped up in the house for days due to the rain...

{i love this photo}

after the walk we got ready to go to our friends rik and liz's house.  We had planned on doing a Christmas eve dinner just the two of us but since rik and liz's family wasn't able to make it to CA due to weather they invited us over and we couldn't refuse.  {in the beginning of the holiday season i was okay spending this Christmas alone with just scott and khloe but it started to sound depressing as Christmas got closer}.

We had an amazing dinner of steak, crab legs, mashed potatoes, bacon and green beans and salad.  {and of course a nice big glass of wine!}.  After dinner scott and I headed to Christmas eve service at church. We had a great time watching the little kids "tell" the Christmas story.  After church pastor and lois invited us over to have some appetizers and hang out for a bit.

{notice the butter for our crab!}

{it has become a tradition that scott and i get a picture together in front of the Christmas tree before Christmas eve service, this is at R&L's}

When we got home on Christmas eve we opened one present each {my family tradition} and tried to watch the jim carey "a Christmas carol" but we did not like was already 1130 so we just headed to bed.

I woke up at 5am and realized khloe wasn't in bed, and then realized scott wasn't either! I was still a bit too tired and sick to get out 6 am i woke up again to a text from my big little brother. {keeping in tradition of my little brother waking my up super early on Christmas morning.} Scott also came in to get me.  he and khloe had gotten up at about 430 am to get my presents ready...

{scott went a bit over board on my stocking...}

he called my mom this year about stocking suggestions. {this was the first Christmas we weren't with my family, or any family the morning of...}

before we opened everything we skyped with my mom, dad, and brother {he was visiting them in MN for Christmas} was so much fun to see them on Christmas, even if it was via the internet.  We opened my brothers gifts while skyping...kinda made me feel like we were all together.

{khloe smelling her stocking}

{examining her goodies}

{all the fun stuff we had to open}

{growing up in my house you had to believe in santa or he didn't come. i still believe and low and behold he came!} i had to wait until the end to open this gift...{it was not what i thought it might be!}

{all my stocking loot!}

{scott opening new shoes, khloe destroyed his a few weeks ago}

{scott remembered last year i said i wanted to start a Christmas village collection, my first one is a coffee shop!}

{new comfy sweat pants for the hubby}

{a digital frame for my office}

{coach! the burgundy on the left is a wallet from my bro, the wristlet is from scott!}

{external hard drive}

{her second book, i am curious}

{even khloe got me a gift!}

and the grand finale...the big gift....

{a kitchenaid mixer!}

i have been wanting one of these for years and could never justify spending hundreds on it right now because we don't have a big kitchen and thus i might not use it as much right now...

{scotts family tradition: Cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning}

 {gift from my sister, her and scott got me really cool books that have amazing covers to display in our bookcase.}

We did a lot of skyping on Christmas.  After opening presents we skyped with our godsons Emery and Preston {and momma and daddy too}...this was also the first Christmas we didn't spend with Emery

{khloe and scott napping before the drive to Edwards AFB}

after the gifts were open and skyping was done {scott spoiled me so much!} it was time to get ready for the 2 hour drive inland to have Christmas dinner with Cousin Danny {scott's cousin}, his wife Gina and Gina's family...

{the amazing appetizer spread Gina prepared}

{german tradition Gina and i decided we will do: hide a pickle ornament in the tree and then search for it...}
notice where i am searching...that is where the pickle was hidden, but i didn't find it! :(

{Gina did!}

{the three gals in our aprons prepping dinner}

{it is my family tradition to have green bean casserole for holiday meals...}
it was a hit, everyone loved it

{the table getting set for a yummy dinner}

we had steak with pomegranate sauce, potatoes, yummy cauliflower, salad and green bean casserole

{dessert: Gina made 6 different kinds of truffles...yes, i said made!}

{group shot...even khloe made it in the pic}

We had a great time with Danny, Gina and her family. We spent the night eating, drinking wine and coffee and talking about everything under the sun! {i even had a new photography project to try courtesy of Gina's brother Andrew} I am so glad were able to have Christmas dinner with family. {i also skyped with my sister and bro-in-law before i did get to "see" all my family on Christmas}


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