Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Favorites 2010

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.

14 comments:

Rochelleht said...

HA HA! It didn't sound self-righteous AT ALL! It is ok to admit that you want to do good. I am kind of tired, frankly, of having to 'dumb it down' so as to not offend others who aren't wanting to do good.

Ok, so anyway, on with the show: I am proud of you for not wanting surprises. There is MUCH pressure placed on my husband. My love language is gifts and it is serious, man. Sometimes, I wish it weren't. I wish I didn't care so much. But, thankfully, most of the time, he comes through.

Looks like you guys all had a great time. I'm sad I didn't get family this Christmas, but happy I get to see them in a couple of weeks. Family is what it is all about!! That's the best Christmas gift.

Natalie said...

what a beautiful christmas! BIg BOY UNDIES??? When did he stop being a baby??? The necklaces are so beautiful and tell aric that i am grateful that he got you everything you want (especially the christmas card to friends:)). I loved getting your card. it made me so happy! have a wonderful new year's eve today!

Lindsey said...

Cute necklace skills! I hate surprised too. And gifts I don't want. I know what I want, and I just want to get it! I don't think it is that bad! (Is it?) It bums my husband out too. Aric and Peter would probably really get along. :)

Lindsey said...

Cute necklace skills! I hate surprised too. And gifts I don't want. I know what I want, and I just want to get it! I don't think it is that bad! (Is it?) It bums my husband out too. Aric and Peter would probably really get along. :)

calibosmom said...

I loved every word and picture of this post-especially the last paragraph. I would have said the same thing myself (about myself). I bought most of my own gifts too-thats just the way it is and I like it too. Happy New Year!!!

the wrath of khandrea said...

i'm still crying over the undies. it's too soon. it's just too soon.

i am the same way as you about gifts from the husband. exactly the same. god bless them for keeping us around, right??

Wimzie Prints said...

I feel the same way you do about presents but I also like to be surprised so when we were first married my husband suggested I write down a few things I really want (and where to buy them) and then he can choose from the list. That way I get something I want but I'm not exactly sure what he will get me and don't have to feel like I bought something for myself. It works great.

Sounds like you had a fun Christmas!

Tina said...

I feel like I get on your blog and read about the same feelings and thoughts that I have! It's kind of crazy! What a great post! Oh, and I love your tree!

Jenny Erazo said...

looks like a great Christmas! I LOVED the picture with you and all your siblings! My sisters and I were all able to get together this year and it had probably been about 10 yrs since we were all together....IT WAS GREAT! I didn't take any pictures:( Happy New Jess!

Jenny Erazo said...

looks like a great Christmas! I LOVED the picture with you and all your siblings! My sisters and I were all able to get together this year and it had probably been about 10 yrs since we were all together....IT WAS GREAT! I didn't take any pictures:( Happy New Jess!

Ashley said...

What a great post... I LOVE the necklaces!!! They are beautiful and the family picture is wonderful. I am so happy you all could be together this year. Happy New Year!

just the five of us said...

I love your post as always! I was waiting for a picture of C in his big boys (: Maybe later... lol

Happy New Year Jessica!
Janet

Jean McKendrick said...

That's awesome you all got to be together for Christmas, so did we this year. It has been like 8 years since that happened. I think it was quite possibly the best Christmas ever. When I ask Kai what his favorite thing about Christmas was he replies, "family" every time.
By the way, Kaden has those underwear too. :) He picked them out.

Lauren in GA said...

Those neckalces are AMAZING. You have lots of wonderful talents. I think that is so great.

I didn't think you sounded self righteous at all...just sayin'.

That picture of Camden letting you know in no uncertian terms that picture time is over, is HILARIOUS!

I love Aric and Evelynne's gifts to each other. Hilarious. Aric got some nice bling.