Merry Christmas friends! I know by this point everyone is nestled in after all the celebrations and hopefully still enjoying friends, families or peace on earth! But I didn’t want this Christmas to go by without an official Merry Christmas from our house to yours. We count you among our friends and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for following along with our adventures in creating a home and life. It means more to us than you know, so thank you.
While these are all just random snapshots from our phone and Instagrams, we thought we would share a few snippets of the day and evening with you.
Our little family is spending a quiet Christmas this year, all cozied up in our home. It’s been wonderful! Our kids took the ferry from Seattle to our neck of the woods. It does my heart good to see all three of my kids and our son-in-law back together again laughing and having fun.
The dogs are all together too, having a blast running around, grabbing animals from the tree, knocking more garland down, finding presents to open, basically causing all sorts of puppy mischief. Jack is the oldest at 3 and a half years old, so we have a lot of fluffy youngsters in our house. It’s awesome. :)
Santa always visits, but this year we actually caught him in the act, so now there is no doubt who fills our stockings (catch your Santa here).
We had a fun family White Elephant exchange that involved all of us going to the mall each with $25 and 45 minutes to find a surprise gift to exchange. We’ve also been enjoying making and eating delicious meals and drinking festive drinks like our Winter Cider Sangria.
All of our animal ornaments are now gathered together toward the top of the tree, feeling safe and protected against the dogs who would like to bring them down to play. We did have one other near casualty since The Unraveling, with a sweet bunny ornament that was rescued from the clutches of puppy jaws of death. Look at the top picture and you’ll see that bunny on the dish cabinet, quietly recovering. His tail was nearly detached, but he is ALIVE!
We are decorating gingerbread cookies today, just enjoying being together and making memories.
We love brewing the coffee and hanging out on the couch, it’s wonderful to not be in a hurry to go anywhere or do anything fancy.
Bella is very excited about her first Christmas. She’s having the time of her life with Jack and Lily!
We love to have Christmas tunes playing on our iPad, but our favorite is to listen to them live on the guitar. Courtney got a guitar for her birthday this year, she is a beautiful singer and my husband is a musician so we are blessed by their talents.
We keep gifts simple, but this year both of my girls got started on their own cookbook collections, these are two beautiful ones (Sunday Suppers and Plenty, and not pictured, another favorite The Forest Feast)! My oldest daughter Kylee is an amazing cook, she makes the most wonderful meals for us. I’m not sure how she got that talent. It was not from me heheheh.
Tonight we will gather around the dinner table, eat something yummy together and read the Christmas story from the Bible, each taking a part.
Then after our tummies and hearts are full, we’ll curl up on the big couch to watch Father of the Bride. Even though we’ve seen it dozens of times it never fails to make us laugh and cry. It’s our favorite.