Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Birthday to the King!

Ever have those days when you feel like it's 1:00 in the afternoon and you look at the clock and it's already 5pm? Yeah, like today! LK and Benjie are both napping so I figured I'd post about our Christmas while I have the chance. 

We had Christmas with my side of the family two weekends ago. It was a blast as always and my mom always has a buffet of yummy food and gets us the funnest (well thought-out) gifts. Some of my favorites were a new Michael Kors leopard iPhone case (my child has destroyed two Otterboxes), Urban Decay eyeshadow, and a silicone whisk. (I couldn't find one anywhere!)

We've spent the past week replacing all of the flooring in our back bedrooms, (I'll post about that next) so the past few days has been spent getting everything back in order. I cleaned from daylight to dark yesterday. After LK went to bed, I put on my Santa hat and got to work with some last minute gifts. 

This was the first time using my jumbo 5"x12" hoop and I was very pleased with how easy it was! Now I'm looking forward to doing some bigger projects. 

After Santa came and dropped off all of Lily Kate's gifts, the dressing was made, the house was spotless, and I had the camcorder and camera charging, Benj and I sat down with all of our junk food and watched a movie for the first time in MONTHS. ("10 Years" with Channing Tatum -- wasn't too impressed.) It was nice to finally relax for the first time in a solid week.

I guess LK was sooo excited for Santa to come, she slept through the night for the first time in weeks. (She usually wakes up at least once wanting milk.) She was up around 8 this morning and I set up the video camera on the tripod and we had our little family Christmas. :)

Lily Kate's birthday party is next week so I basically split the gifts between the two. (Santa said he'd bring the harder-to-wrap gifts.) In the future though when she's old enough to realize, I want to try and keep the two occasions as separate as possible for her sake -- but since she's only one, I can get away with it now. ;)

Oh she was so excited! The smile on her face with she saw her new castle was priceless. She was like, "Ahhh, this is all for me?!" 

(Of course I'd catch her shirt in her diaper.)

Benjie and I exchanged gifts throughout the past two weeks -- a few at my moms and a few this morning. He got me a new spring/summer purse, Tiffany pearl studs (to match my bracelet he got me last Easter), a new hairdryer, a bluetooth speaker for my iPhone (to use in the bathroom while I'm getting ready) and some new cowboy boots. (I picked these out a few weeks ago, so I guess they're kinda from myself?) I got Benjie a new Benelli Legacy 12 ga Shotgun. This has been on his wishlist for a while! This is probably the first time, other than his grill, that I've ever gotten him one big gift that's pretty substantial. He had no clue and I will never forget the look on his face when he opened it. (He said he thought it was just a gun case. Ha!) It made me so happy to see him grinning from eaer to ear. He always goes above and beyond during holidays for me and his family and I wanted to get him something he had really been wanting this year. (Plus, we really didn't do gifts last year -- we had one little precious gift arrive 4 days before Christmas!)

As I watched Lily Kate play with her new toys early this morning, I just couldn't help but think of all of the CT families (and other heartbroken families around the world) mourning over the loss of their child. Instead of watching their babies on Christmas morning, they are looking at their babies' unwrapped gifts. As a parent, I can't think of anything more devastating! Bragging about presents on Christmas just doesn't feel appropriate. In fact, it's not at all what the day is really about and I'm almost ashamed at how much we spend this time of year on each other -- whether it's in our budget or not -- because we don't need a single thing. My greatest gift are two things that I already have -- my Salvation and my family! I am so so so thankful for them both!

Anyway, (chasing rabbits) back to today -- Benjie's family arrived at our house around 10am. Benj smoked a yummy ham, we visited until lunch was ready and ate around 1:00 this afternoon. 

Such a fun time. After lunch, we visited a while longer and exchanged a few gifts. 

Oh, and did I mention I have eaten WAY too much peanut brittle in the past 24 hours?! ;)

 I can't believe what a different a year makes! I will hold my baby on Christmas morning for as long as she will let me. :)

Merry CHRISTmas everyone! Glory to the newborn King! 

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." (KJV) 
-Luke 2:1-14

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