Tuesday, December 27, 2011

our Christmas 2011 weekend of fun!

It is hard to believe Christmas has come and gone.

I always get so sad the day after Christmas, 5 weeks of planning, decorating and waiting for the day and then BAM! it is over!

While we did not end up going to see  my parents for Christmas as planned we were still around family.

I spent the the 21st and 22nd running around, getting the house stocked for 3 house guests and then cleaning it. I was also a baking and cooking fool this past week.

My brother was able to come up from the 22-24 and we had lots of fun. Lots of home cooked meals for him, a brunch trip, a bit of Target fun {we always have to stop at Target}, walking around Christmas tree lane with Starbucks and looking at the decorated houses, gingerbread house decorating, presents and Christmas Eve dinner.

kenny and i with our starbucks

kenny & khloe cuddling on Christmas eve

group picture on Christmas eve morning

our gingerbread village.

Christmas Eve late lunch/dinner

We also spent a few days with our cousins Danny & Gina. They arrived Friday afternoon and left around noon on Christmas Day.

Since Kenny had to go back home on the 24th we made Christmas Eve his Christmas. He opened his stocking and his presents.

kenny and all of his presents

scarf & beanie from my brother, handmade by a woman who frequents his work {he works at the bowling alley on the base on Coronado}

I also made Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls on Christmas Eve morning, OH MY GOSH! I am pretty sure I will never buy rolls from the can again! They pretty much melted in my mouth. I cut the recipe in half and still had enough for 4 pans so I ran a pan over to the Wallaces :)

We went to Christmas Eve service and then spent the evening drinking mulled wine and champagne {except for Gina as she cannot drink for two, *wink* *wink*}and eating a ton of appetizers while watching Elf and chatting.

scott, me, gina & dan

appetizers on Christmas Eve

Christmas morning started bright and early. We were so blessed this year and received so many wonderful gifts from our family and friends.

our tree and presents

Scott really likes to take Christmas to the extreme. We decided this year we were not going to spend a lot of money and of course I stick to the plan. What does Scott do you ask?

He buys me this baby!

I was pretty much speechless!

He will be gone/graduating from OCS around my birthday & our anniversary, he said he knows he won't be able to buy  me a gift so this covers all three.

Gina prepared a yummy breakfast of Swedish Christmas bread, fruit and bacon before they left and we all set out to try and find the lucky almond in each loaf. The story is whoever finds it in their piece of bread gets good fortune in 2012. I found the almond in both loaves so 2012 should be a great year!

I was really taken aback this year by how lucky and how blessed we are. I often times take so much for granted and then I see a tree fully of wrapped gifts for Scott and I and am reminded of how truly lucky we both are.

khloe also got to spend time with her bff sadie

khloe & sadie playing with khloe's new toy

We took a walk in the afternoon on the beach to try out my new camera!

{taken with iphone not new camera}

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!


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