Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Busyness, and Blessings

Well hello there friends and family! I pray that you are all having a blessed day in our LORD! The weather this second to last day of 2014 is cloudy and a chilly 45 degrees! A far cry from the weather we had for Christmas. Temps were up in the 60's and even 70's those days. :D
 
So how was your Christmas? I pray that it was a peaceful, joyful time for you. Mine was mostly that. Lots of coming and goings. But it was a pleasant holiday. I'll show ya...
 
Since Justin and I have been together, holidays are a go, go, go time for us. Long gone are the days I would spend at home, prepearing for the day. Now, I prepare for a whirlwind of comings and goings.
 
It all starts on Christmas Eve. I spend the morning cooking for lunch at Justin's parents, with all of his family. After lunch, presents are opened and everyone sort of sits and visits.
 
Following an afternoon visiting, we then prepare and head out for our Church's Christmas Eve service. Then, it's off to another family dinner, with Justin's extended family. Following that, it's time to head to my parents to visit with some of my extended family that has come into town. Then after they head back to their camper for the evening, my parents, my siblings, Justin, and I then sit down for our annual watching of the "Nativity Story".
 
Following the movie, Justin and I head home and look into our stocking. And then it's time to get some shut eye for Christmas morning.
 
Christmas morning we head to my parents for breakfast, and then presents are opened sometime after that with all the family...

Fun with the cousins
 
My beautiful sister

My granddaddy and his friend

Mama


My brother was pretty happy that I got him some "Dragon's Blood" soap. He was with me in Whole Foods one day and saw it and he begged for it then.
 
Daddy happy to get his favorite, hard to find candy

Justin and I both received the same gift, $25 Outback gift cards. We were able to use them for a date night last night, after going to see "Unbroken".

One amazing, take my breath away, good lookin' man. ;)

 Following presents, and the afternoon meal, it was time for pics...
 
Grandaddy, with most of his grandkids.

 
Ain't they cute? :D
After most of the extended family leaves home, Justin goes hunting, and I stay and visit with my siblings. After he is done hunting, he picks me up and then we head back to our house to open our presents to one another.


 
At long last, we are finally able to just sit, cuddle on the couch, listen to Christmas music, and relax from the busyness.
 
Yes, my holidays are go, go, go. But they are spent with family. And family is one of the greatest blessings of all. :)
 
How do you spend your holidays?
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

5 comments:

  1. So glad you had such a nice Christmas! Hope your new year is wonderful!

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  2. That looks like a great Christmas full of love and family. My husband and I made the difficult decision to split holidays between our families, so one family gets Christmas and one gets Thanksgiving, then we switch the next year. It is still exhausting, but it helps. Wishing you the very best in the year to come!

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    1. That is a neat idea switching holidays. We live next to his parents, and my parents live 10 minutes away. So spending time with each isn't that difficult currently. Just time consuming. If we are blessed with children we hope to spend more time together as a family, making our own traditions.

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  3. How fun! My husband and I made the same decision as Amy and her husband a couple of years ago - it's tough not to be with both families every year, but it at least slows things down and will hopefully make it easier for us to create some of our own family traditions as a couple. Did you like Unbroken? We just saw it last week too and thought it was really well done - although, if you haven't read the book I'd highly recommend it because the movie left off about the last 6 chapters that are really a testimony of Louie's faith and journey to forgiveness.

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  4. Yes! I loved it! I haven't read the book yet, but I have it on my Kindle and hope to start it this week. :)

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Well hello there! Thanks for stopping by! I LOVE to hear from you all out there. Just please remember to keep everything kind and Christ-like. In the words of that wise papa rabbit, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all". :)