Christmas 2017 recap!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

I cannot believe it is 2018! Christmas absolutely flew by and it was just the best. Garrett and I both agreed that next year will be even better when Vivi is old enough to "get" Santa and the real meaning of Christmas.


Our Christmas started on the 23rd with a small brunch at our house. My in-laws and my MIL's father came over for a low key early Christmas breakfast.

On Christmas Eve we always go to my dad's house then out to lunch with him. Most people do fancy Christmas Eve lunches but not us... we go to a local burger place and load up on grease and French fries! After naps we headed to 5:00pm church. Vivi lasted approximately 10 minutes before she was taken in the lobby to walk around and eat Cheerios for the rest of the service.

After church we headed to my mom's house for Christmas Eve dinner. Garrett did such a great job cooking the beef tenderloin and we all pitched in with sides. It was so delicious! Lots of pomegranate martinis and White Russians were consumed and it was so nice to relax and enjoy family and friends. We decided to spend the night at my mom's so that we could put Vivi to bed and not have to go home so early. It worked out so perfectly and we were so glad we did it! My sister's family also stayed so we all got to put Santa toys out together after the kiddos were in bed.

 Christmas morning Vivi was up and ready to go at 6am. We had to wait for my niece and nephew to wake up and they finally came running downstairs around 7am. They faces were pricelessss when they saw all the toys Santa brought them! My husband knocked it out of the park with these homemade ornaments of Vivi's handprint and footprint. The absolute best present ever! Also, we were only supposed to do stocking stuffers for each other and he surprised me with a new MacBook... he definitely won!

Vivi was still a little young to understand everything but she loved the wrapping paper and all the activity going on around her. She got this Pewi Elite Ybikethis Step2 blue wagonthis chuckle ballthis stacking spin toy and a few other small things. We had our traditional Christmas breakfast of breakfast casserole, grits, homemade cinnamon rolls, fruit, biscuits and gravy... one of my favorite meals all year!

 Around lunch time we headed to my in-laws, about an hour away. I always look so forward to Christmas night with Garrett's side of the family and this year was extra special with 4 great grandbabies. Garrett is super close with his cousins so seeing our kids playing together is just the best. Vivi was so spoiled by her grandparents and our Nana. She got a little piano similar to this which she has not stopped pounding on (earplugs anyone?) and an anywhere chair from Pottery Barn Kids that is soo cute!

 Unfortunately I was on call the 26th so I was up and on the road by 6am but it was the best Christmas ever. I pray that Vivi will grow to learn the true meaning of Christmas and I already can't wait until next year!


  1. the best christmas with the sweetest girl! So glad ya'll had a great time. It just gets better and bette with each year!

  2. Such a fun Christmas! Vivi is so cute in all of her precious outfits. Yay for a new MacBook!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas! I love all of Vivian's adorable Christmas outfits!

  4. Looks like an amazing Christmas for you guys!!

    xo, Kristina

  5. I love y'all's matching pjs and all the kids' sweet Christmas outfits. While you don't do fancy Christmas Eve lunch, we don't do fancy Christmas Eve dinner - Chinese takeout all the way - haha!! Happy new year!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  6. What a wonderful first Christmas with Vivian!! Looks like y'all had a blast :)

  7. Sounds like a great celebration. We did an easy Christmas Eve dinner (though your burgers and fries sound so much more delish!), too. I feel like this year's festivities went SO quickly.... I definitely found myself crying on New Year's Eve because of it. Sigh.

  8. What a fun Christmas y'all had......

    Happy New Year

  9. Sounds like a great Christmas! Thanks for sharing with us and Happy New Year!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  10. Awww what a fun Christmas! I loved having our first Christmas with our little gal this year, too!

  11. Your Christmas traditions are amazing! I definitely want to hear how you like your MacBook, too! xx, I'm Fixin' To


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