Thursday, December 26, 2013

Our Christmas.




Holiday Sangria
It's the morning after Christmas. I'm sitting here curled up on the love seat watching the snow fall outside the big bay window. A calm has come over the house. Scarlett is in her room sitting inside her new RH play canopy, a gift from her auntie.  I can hear her little voice reading books.

My family came this past weekend and we had a houseful here. Lots of laughing, eating and Christmas movies. They all left by Monday and it wasn't long enough. Ty's sister came from Massachusetts to stay with us for a few days during Christmas. We spent Christmas day with Ty's family. Another dinner and a full day of presents, Christmas music & delicious desserts.

Scarlett loved Christmas this year. As a lot of you know, she's been asking for a dollhouse for quite awhile. She has been telling everyone we come across. She must have been on the nice list because this year, Santa brought her a beautiful wooden dollhouse. Scarlett received so many gifts from family,  too. We are so thankful for all the fun toys that she got to open up. (Yes, even the scary Ursula doll, Kalin. haha.)  Scarlett is so appreciative for everything that she opened and that makes me feel good- like we are doing something right. I expected screaming and screeches of delight when she saw her dollhouse. But no, it was a quiet, modest expression of wonder and delight, which we are finding is most definitely a Scarlett trait.

There was so much excitement and I truly felt blessed to be surrounded by family. I know it sounds so cliche, but it really was a home filled with laughter and holiday cheer. Every year this happens. I feel sad after it's all over. I plan to keep my Christmas tree up until the New Year, along with the lights. Although the holidays are over, I still have a lot of things coming up. We are having New Year's Eve at our house with a couple friends and hosting a Holiday Party for 14 girls the weekend after!

The holidays always make me realize how blessed I am. Ty and I didn't exchange gifts this year. We just decided that we didn't need a thing. As I get older, it becomes more clear that the holidays aren't about what we get. My present was watching Scarlett open her gifts with wide eyes. That and spending time with all the ones I love. Someone asked me if I got anything good for Christmas this year and I replied with, "Yes, I got the best gifts ever! Scarlett is happy and healthy, I have a good man next to me, and a cozy place to call home." What could be better than that? Happy Holidays to you all! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. 


ps. Thank-you to Peter for some of the photos above above including the portrait of Ty and I.















11 comments:

  1. Toni (Antoinette Mailloux)December 26, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Great pictures! I love the "tent" thingy in Scarlett's room!!

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    1. thanks toni!! It's a play Canopy from Restoration Hardware.

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  2. Looks like you had a beautiful Christmas. Your home is so cozy & cute and Scarletts tent is so precious I want one :)

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    1. Thank you Kendra XOXO. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas also!

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  3. Those curls are adorable! Beautiful home and I am a bit envious of the snow-I've never experienced at white Christmas having lived in SC my entire life! Look forward to reading more in 2014-savor these last few days of 2013-)

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    1. Oh, it's not as bad as you might think. I love the snow. <3 Happy New Year to you my dear!!

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  4. This is gorgeous...your home looked so beautiful and festive. Love the photographs...such a lovely way to sum up and capture the memories.

    Katie x
    http://www.missenchanting.co.uk/

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    1. You are the sweetest! Thank you Katie. XOXO

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  5. Beautiful pictures, looks like you and the family had a wonderful holiday!!

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    1. Wishing you a happy New Year, too! XOXO

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  6. Beautiful pictures! Here's to an amazing 2014 for you and your family!

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