Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas 2011 {Part 2}

I've been putting off the Christmas recap because I neglected to document the holiday with any photos :(  bad mommy!! Ill post the very few I took...
Us before Church Christmas Eve

We usually spend Christmas Eve and morning with Mike's family. It works out well because we love going to the candle light church service in Hanover as well as waking up Christmas morning with them. Mike's family has a "pickle ornament" and it has always been their Christmas morning tradition. Linda hides 2 pickle ornaments (one for the boys and one for the girls) and we have to find them. Its quite competative because the pickle prizes are always GREAT!! Sadly, Alissa won this year and I was bummed because she got a CUTE "santa's cookies" plate :(


Mike won the guys' pickle prize this year which was a bunch of shoe polish's- he was pumped!

Chad, Theresa and the girls came over after church to spend Christmas Eve with us. We all ate and played games! They were so sweet and brought Aiden a gift.

A Cars 2 Memory Game!

This was Christmas morning but the best pic I have of his new snowman jammies. My family has a traditon of opening ONE present on Christmas Eve and it is always new pajamas! It's one of my favorite traditions so I have carried it on with Aiden the past few years. Mike got some new ones too! :)

Aiden had us up early Christmas morning to check out the loot santa had left him! He was absolutely THRILLED with his new toys... especially Mack. This is ALL he wanted for Christmas!!

This could have easily been his ONLY present and he would have been happy as a clam. He played with it ALLLL day long. I didn't go too overboard this year since he just had a birthday. But once everyone got him 1-2 gifts he still came home with a huge pile of new stuff.

After Aiden played with his Santa gifts for awhile, and the rest of the family woke up, we all opened gifts together. Everyone had a GREAT Christmas and got lots of fun stuff.

This year Mike's parents suprised me with a Coach purse. I cried. They are just SO generous and good to me and Im beyond grateful!  I mentioned over Thanksgiving that I had wanted a Coach slingback so I could shop hands free, without my purse falling off my shoulder....but apparently Alissa and Linda found this on black friday and couldn't pass it up. The purse is gorgeous and im obsessed with the purple inside :) I dont own nice purses... Im too cheap and have never cared for expensive purses. But I LOVE LOVE LOVE this purse and it is now my little baby. I dont even want to put in on the floor of my car or even the seat of a shopping cart. ha!

Then Mike suprised me with the sling back I had wanted!

It was a good Chrismtas had by all!!

After breakfast and presents it was time to shower and get packed up to head to my dad's for Christmas with the Long's!

Aiden took a quick snooze on the way there and was SO eager to play with his best friends Pax and Harper! My dad had an amazing dinner and my grandparents and aunts, uncles and cousins were all there. We  had a special toast to congratulate the  newly engaged couple, Tony and Tara!!After cleaning up dinner, we spent the rest of the evening opening more presents, playing, watching football and just hanging out. Us adults thought it would be a brilliant idea to play poker til 4am. ughhhh. The only good thing that came out of that was ME WINNING!! :) ha!

I didn't take a single pic of Christmas with the Long's but you can go HERE to see my sister's post! Its quite hilarious at the end :)

It was a great Christmas and we were EXHAUSTED come Monday!! Going back to work Tuesday was SOOO hard!!

Aiden was OUT by the time we hit the interstate!! :)

Hope you all had WONDERFUL Christmas's as well!!



  1. Wow the Long Christmas got the shaft on this blog post! Rude

  2. I know... Im sorry!! I didn't have a SINGLE pic... and the day went so fast :(

  3. First of all...i can NOT believe how big Aiden is getting. Wow. Secondly...LOVE the new purses!!!! I have a soft spot for coach :) Hope you guys had an amazing new year!