"" The Preppy Strawberry: Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!




Merry Christmas from my family to yours!  I can’t believe how fast this year just flew right by and now Christmas is over and all the craziness of December is almost behind us!  Phew! I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to 2014! 

I love love  the holidays!  This year got the best of me and  I just didn’t have the time to do a lot of what I wanted to do.  In fact, I had to have a little talk with myself that it was just OK to not do a few things and that I need to bring the bar down a few notches.   I have high expectations for everything I do so to skimp on something really bothers me!   I was OK with most of this considering the fact this year was the first year in many many years that we had NO where to be on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day!  So skipping a few cookies I normally bake, putting up the 2nd tree, and skipping the outside decorations- I was OK since we were not hosting Christmas this year.   Before I was married, it was the hustle and bustle between my parents houses and grandparents that all I did was run all over – don’t me wrong I love the holidays but sometimes you just need some down time….. and this year we got just that – Some down time that was much needed by my family. 

The original plan was for Lilly and I to go to Florida for the winter break but had to can that idea after I waited too long to book the flights.   My family is all over – Columbus, Florida, and my in-laws are almost 3 hours to the west of us.  Last night, Lilly and I went to Christmas Eve church services – I love Christmas Eve services and with all the hoopla of Santa Clause I feel it’s very important to take that one hour out of the holiday to spend thinking about what we are truly celebrating.  After church services, we came home to a family dinner and everyone got to open up their Christmas Eve box. 

Christmas EVe CHurch

This year she told me she was too OLD for the candle light

This year she wanted to light a Big Girl candle

– She’s growing up so fast I can’t stand!


Christmas morning we spend opening gifts and finish it up with a our traditional Christmas egg casserole and monkey bread

Christmas Day is being spent very low key and no schedule!  You have no idea how weird it is for me NOT to be on some sort of schedule but I’m enjoying the time putting together a plan to for 2014 and in between that building Lego friends, baking with the easy bake oven, and working on our SMASH books.


I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and looking forward to sharing more things in 2014!! 


A peak into Christmas at our house …………………


Christmas mantle

Package garland – fun new addition I did “find” time to make ;)



First year – we went to tree lot {insert grumpy face} next year back to cutting the tree down – No Excuses!!


Christmas Morning 2013 – Love new Christmas jammies!!


Chrismtas Collage

The HOT items on her list – Easy Bake Oven, Seat Pet (seriously, I have no idea why she wanted this?! and American Girl Doll Molly)

Other items not on the list but got a squeal this morning were her Sharpie Markers and all of her SMASH book accessories! 


I hope all of you are having a very Merry Christmas – Enjoy the day with family and friends! 



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