The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

…And the busiest!  Here is a snapshot of what we have been up to this holiday season!

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New York City

Golf Cart Parade

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Boat Parade

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Gingerbread Houses

Christmas Eve

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Christmas Morning and Day

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It was by far the best Christmas yet!  Hope you & yours had a wonderful Christmas as well!

 


Oh, Christmas Tree! 2018

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I didn’t have time to post these before we left for NYC last weekend, but the tree went up last week!  … And seriously, all of the sudden, the house feels so magical with all the Christmas spirit!

The boys were in awe looking at all the lights and ornaments, I immediately pulled out my camera and started snapping photos of them and their sweet gestures.  They each took one ornament off and played with it for a few minutes, but that was about it!   I’m really surprised they didn’t start grabbing everything and pull the tree down on top of them!  I mean, sometimes these boys can be confused for wild animals…  It’s been up for about 10 days now and everything is still in tact.  This mama (two thumbs pointing at myself) is amazed!

Tree pics from the past can be found here, here, and here.

Has your family put their tree up yet?!? Do you use a real or fake tree?  I always get a real tree.  I’m sure I have written this in the past, but the smell of a live fraser fir is probably one of the best smells of all time.  My whole house is consumed in the scent and I LOVE IT!!!  Sure, the needles are annoying, and the tree will never have the perfect shape… but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I hope the Christmas spirit has hit your homes too!  Happy December, everyone!  It’s going to be a crazy, fun, exciting month!


Oh, Christmas Tree!

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Yesterday we spent the morning decorating our first tree as a family of 3.  Or 5/6 including the mutts… I, personally, prefer real trees over faux, mostly because of the amazing smell they bring to the household, but the falling needles are having me second guess this rationalization.

B loves looking at the lights and touching the ornaments.  He tried really hard to open one of the presents under the tree, but was unsuccessful ha ha ha.  As I was decorating, I had the Christmas music blasting over the speakers and B could not stop laughing at my crazy dancing!  I think he is going to love Christmas as much as I do ;).  We can’t wait for this weekend, when Daddy can join us in finishing the final touches on the decorations!  It’s going to be a holly, jolly Christmas!

photo cred: Husband


Christmas With The Dietrichs

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^^ My mother in law always has the most beautiful Christmas decor!! ^^

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^^ Probably the most popular gift of the White Elephant ^^

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^^ stolen ^^

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^^ someone wasn’t too excited for their Mickey Mouse Chia Pet ^^

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The weekend before Christmas we attended the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade which goes through the channels of downtown Tampa.  It was actually pretty cool!  I cannot wait to take Baby D next year!

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^^ Probably my favorite boat :: The Polar Express ^^

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^^ 22 weeks and counting! ^^


Feliz Navidad

Christmas Eve

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^^ my sweet momma cooked all the wonderful food for Christmas Eve!!  thanks mom! ^^

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^^ what’s Christmas Eve without margaritas?!? ^^

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then… it was time for White Elephant!!

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^^ this visor with hair was the hot present of the night- it got stolen 3 times! ^^

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Christmas Day

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^^ my mother in law’s wonderful Christmas day buffet!  i’m mad at myself for not getting a picture of her incredible bacon.  it’s thick cut with maple… i could eat that bacon with every meal for the rest of my life! ^^

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I know this post is a little late, Husband & I (and some friends and our family) have been out of the country for my THIRTIETH birthday this past week, so blogging was definitely not my number one priority.  But even though the holiday season has come and gone, the happiness from spending quality time with our families is still lingering.  We had so much fun just laughing, exchanging thoughtful and humorous gifts, and eating tons of homemade goodness!  Feeling super blessed to be surrounded by so much love!  We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!