My Favorite Christmas Outfit
I wore this to my friends annual ornament party. It is actually a shirt Aric got for my sister. The best part was the patent pleather kitty or was it the bells...now I can't decide.
This was the ornament we brought this year.
This is the ornament we brought four years ago...she still shows up every year.
My Favorite Family Home Evening
This year I had a special FHE where I showed this video and we all made tags that told what we were giving Jesus for Christmas. We put the tags on the tree. We also wrote our gift on pieces of paper that we put in a decorated gift box under the tree. I loved seeing that there was actually a gift for Jesus under the tree.
My Favorite Christmas Food
Christmas Eve Stroganoff...this year my mother in law was here to make it. It is her tradition and her recipe and it is so yummy.
My Favorite Siblings
My brothers all came this year. It was so fun to have everyone here. It has been 10+ years since we have all been together for Christmas. I didn't get any pictures of the nerf gun fight but it was just like old times!
My Favorite Traditions
Evelynne and Aric's special gift exchange...
The cousin gift exchange...
My Favorite Thing About My Tree
I love the ornament Camden got this year. It's the marshmellow snowman in the cocoa cup. Eden found it.
I love how every ornament has a story.
My Favorite Christmas Visitor
Why, Batman of course! What!? You mean you don't have Batman visit you on Christmas? Well, let me tell ya, you are missing out!
Only my brother Ben would have a Batman costume on hand to add to the festivities.
My Favorite Christmas Note
Maya has been a stinker lately, even on Christmas Eve she had reason to pause and think about how deserving she was of the gifts that Santa had on the way.
My Favorite Christmas Moments
Actually, I had a few but these are the ones I was actually able to capture...
Camden getting his first pair of big boy undies.
Eden and Maya hugging without me having to prompt them to.
Now, this was the best moment of all...Camden yelling at me because I kept asking him to turn around so I could take pictures of him...
"NO! I NO WANT NO PICTURES NENNYMORE!"
My Least Favorite Thing
I am the unofficial/official cruise director in my family, which means that I have to organize/coordinate major family functions. I did not campaign for this job, but I recognize that it is just the way it is. So every holiday/function I juggle all the personalities and try my hardest to put together a memorable experience for all. The problem is that I usually get some grief from someone and I have to compromise some of the things that I want to do for the greater good. One of those things was to have a nice family portrait taken. Since it is very rare that we are all together, these opportunities are few and far between. In fact the last picture we had taken, Max and Camden weren't even born! Most people were cooperative for this photo op. but in the end it still isn't exactly what I wanted. This one is decent enough so I will be happy with it, it is not a blow up and put on your mantle but at least it documented the moment.
My Favorite Gift
I have to confess that I picked out and bought my own Christmas gifts...a black hooded Old Navy men's sweatshirt and necklace.
Much to Aric's dismay I am not a surprise kind of girl. I don't like having money spent on me and if it is, I want to pick it out so that it isn't a waste of money. Because of this, I hate it when someone asks what I got for Christmas from Aric. I don't think my answer gives him enough credit.
This year I told Aric that my gift from him this Christmas and every Christmas, is going to work everyday so that I can provide the kind of Christmas that I want for my family and friends. He shouldn't ever feel bad because he actually gives me lots of presents...
I get to buy silly ornaments and tree skirts (on sale of course).
I get to buy lots of sparkling cider and deliver it to my friends.
I get to make Christmas cards to send to my dear ones.
I get to download every Christmas song my heart desires and then he lets me listen to them over and over again without saying a word.
I get to take my kids shopping for items they picked off the tree of sharing for kids less fortunate.
I get to buy my kids ornaments every year that is meaningful to them.
I get to buy fabric and beads to make gifts for some of my loved ones.
(These are three of the necklaces I made. I made three other ones but I forgot to take pictures of them.)
I made this one for me and three other similar ones for my marathon training buddies...
I made this one for my mother in law to wear when she has to do her chemo.
This last one I made for my friend Kerry for her birthday. She would never let me give up hope during my years of infertility and adoption drama.
I get to buy special, thoughtful gifts for teachers, family and friends.
I also get to buy cute wrapping paper, gift bags and bows that all coordinate with my tree.
Seriously, it actually pretty embarrassing when I write it down. I truly feel so blessed and happy. I have everything I could ever want. All I want for Christmas is to give my love and the spirit of Christ to others. So as I've been writing this I just figured out how I'm going to answer that question..."What did Aric give you for Christmas?" I will say..."Everything I wanted."
So there you have it, just a few of my favorite Christmas things.
**After reading this post I'm feeling like I sound a little self righteous. You should know that I can be totally selfish and I can have a very sharp tongue. Thank heavens I have a filter but if I didn't, things could be ugly. Okay now I feel better.