Friday evening Chris' parents, Ed and Cheryl (and their dog, Holli) came into town. We enjoyed a night of catching up and eating pizza- my favorite!! On Christmas Eve day we just hung around the house and enjoyed eachother's company. Chris and I decided to host our very first Christmas at our house and my wonderful, amazing husband was the chef. So, he spent most of Saturday morning preparing all of our dishes for Christmas dinner. That afternoon we took a long walk through our community and down to the marina. We could not have asked for a more perfect day. There was not a cloud in the sky and the temperature was about 65 degrees- not really Christmas weather, but it was still so very nice. That evening we went to our church's Christmas Eve candlelight service. My parents and grandmother met us there. It was a wonderful service and I'm so glad we were able to go this year. Growing up, we would always go to the Christmas Eve service with my mom's side of the family- it was always a favorite tradition of mine. I miss being with all of my cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents during the holidays, but I am enjoying starting our own traditions. After the Christmas Eve service Ed, Cheryl, Chris, Avery and I drove around looking at all of the Christmas lights in our community. It was so much fun!!! Avery enjoyed looking at the lights, but I think she will understand and enjoy it more next year.
|Avery looking absolutely beautiful in her Christmas Eve dress!!!|
|Bailey loved getting her new toys and treats out of her stocking, too!|
|Daddy excited about his stationary bike attachment|
|Avery LOVED her new red wagon and sat in it all morning with her new toys.... so cute!!|
|I love her Santa outfit from Mimi and Granddaddy!|
|My mom made this beautiful blanket for Avery for Christmas this year.... I'm so proud of her!!!!|
Round three: Grandmama and Aunt Tara came over at 1:30pm and we all enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner of ham, turkey, corn souffle, sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole, apple and sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes and so much more-- all prepared by the incredible chef, my husband!! Chris slaved all day in the kitchen and it was well worth it! Dinner was incredible! I'm so proud of him for all of his hard work. He truly loves to cook and this was the biggest meal he has prepared to date. I think he was pretty whooped afterwards, but it was fantastic! Avery continued her 2 hour nap while we ate. Round three of gifts began with Aunt Tara and Grandmama and again- Avery enjoyed all of her new gifts and did so great with the overwhelming amounts of toys and gifts surrounding her. We played a couple rounds of apples to apples and then enjoyed Chris' homemade pumpkin swirl cheesecake. YUM!!!
|Preparing the last of our Christmas dinner.... YUM!|
|The delicious spread....|
|The family enjoying a wonderful Christmas dinner together|
|Giving her first baby doll a kiss....|
|Avery received her very first baby doll on Christmas day and she LOVED it!!! It was a huge hit!|
|Me and my Aunt Tara|
|Mom and Dad!!!|
|The Archer family|
|Avery riding in her new red wagon from Poppy and Grandmommy!|
|The Ireland Family|
|missing Amanda and Brock....|
|They really do love each other!|
The day also included ichatting with Justin, Adriane, Micah and Jackie.... facetiming with my sister Amanda and her boyfriend Brock, and some facetime with Chris' grandmother, Nanna and his cousins David, Andy and their dad, Uncle Dick.
|Christmas with Justin, Adriane, Micah and Jackie via iChat!|