christmas day - what just happened?


exchanging gifts in the wee hours of the morning, consuming the most delicious breakfast ever, 17 people in one living room, more gift exchanging, babies first christmas, planning out tomorrow's shopping adventure, back for an even more delicious dinner, which then led to 4 grown adults sprawled out on the living room floor in a food coma. now i'm sitting in my mom's bed watching how the grinch stole christmas. it really is the little things, folks. merry christmas!

{last picture stolen from my sister, liz}


christmas eve

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hehe, i love my sister!

merry christmas eve!

although there were mini meltdowns today (anything that could go wrong, went wrong) everything turned out perfect! i helped my mom finish some baking and last minute cookie decorating. then she set the tables for our big christmas eve dinner, one of her favorite things to do. me, my sister, and brother took silly pictures outside for a bit. he asked me why i'm making that face in every picture, i had to explain to him that it made my face look slimmer (hello 2012 weight loss)!

we had an amazing chicken fried steak dinner and many many desserts... peanut butter pie, chocolate walnut pie, gingerbread cookies with royal icing, peanut butter chocolate balls, and red velvet cupcakes, oh my. we all played bingo after dinner and it was so much fun. me and my mom picked up silly $1 prizes at target a few weeks ago which were a hit. and then for the last big "blackout" game, $10 was up for grabs... and i won!

tomorrow we'll be getting up super early to open presents here and then head over to my grandparents for a delicious ham breakfast (we've been calling ham "pig butt" since we were little kids, just thought you would like to know). we are truly blessed, and so thankful for what we have. i hope you all have a wonderful holiday!


cookie exchange


tomorrow is our cookie exchange at work! i made a simple sugar cookie recipe and tried using royal icing for the first time. i think i may need to bring a bottle of TUMS with me tomorrow...


banning mansion


today a group of us went to visit the banning mansion. the last time i was there i hadn't yet developed my love for old things. they had their holiday festivities going on... costumes, dancing, caroling, and santa! they weren't giving tours but still letting everyone do a quick walk through. the bathtub in the bathroom addition was making me drool, and i couldn't keep my eyes off the crazy quilts in each bedroom. the butlers pantry and "modern kitchen" were wonderful too! we weren't allowed to take pictures inside but the barn out back was fair game. we'll have to make it back soon and take the tour so i can refresh my memory on the history.

*thank you again for all the prayers for eric! you're all so amazing and kind. he's still quite swollen and hasn't been able to open his eyes, but he's alert, baby talking it up, and laughing at his momma and daddy! can't wait to see his sweet face.


baby eric

baby eric

hello, friends.

my cousin's little boy, eric was diagnosed with craniosynostosis several months ago. today he is undergoing surgery to correct this. we're just asking that you would pray there would be no complications during the surgery and that he will have a speedy recovery. thank you so much.


*thank you everyone for your prayers! eric made it out of surgery with no complications at all, and faster than the doctors had planned!