Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas in Dallas

We had a wonderful Christmas spending time with my family in Dallas. I just love this crazy crew so much!! It's always such torture to leave!! Here are LOTS of pics from our time together...

We enjoyed an awesome Christmas Eve service at Watermark, then went back to Cookie and Papo's for our traditional Fajita dinner:

The overflow of gifts under the tree!!


All the grandkids got to open their gifts from Grandmama and Grandaddy on Christmas Eve. Lyla and Annie got these great interactive books that were a huge hit!!


Just your typical Christmas Eve nap with your brother-in-law:
Lyla enjoying her new book with Papo:

Sweet Grandmama and Grandaddy. We loved getting to spend lots of time with them:
Christmas morning breakfast...missing the yummy Southwestern Egg Strata:


Christmas morning, Olivia brought over her new drum kit that Santa brought her and it was a huge hit among all the girl cousins...Rockstars:

Lyla and Annie checking out their Santa piles:


If you have ever eaten a meal with John David, then you know that this huge container of pepper will be gone in one week:

Annie wearing her adorable new back pack!!


Mom and Dad opening their photo book from Lyla:
Playing with all the new goodies!!









After Christmas, Lyla and Lowen finally got to meet!! Such a treat seeing my dear friend!! :)


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Well, ok, so it's looked like Christmas for a long time around here! But, I was just sitting here realizing that we're leaving town in the morning and by the time we get back it will be time to take all this down, and I never posted pictures like I said I would...so, here you go! A glimpse into our little holiday decor...

I LOVE our stockings from Sundance Catalog:
And I love our quirky little mr. and mrs. snowmen on either side of the mantel...

Since I didn't want to risk my favorite ornaments being broken from the tree falling over (or being pulled down by a certain one year old), I put them in a little bowl on our coffee table:
Love this little tree as well...reminds me of Dr. Seuss:
Aunt Ju Ju gave Lyla this Nativity set, and I wanted it to be out so that people could look at it, and Lyla could play with it. So, I just pulled her little table and chairs out to the living room, and she has seriously spent countless hours sitting here playing with her Nativity set! She loves it!!
And I taught her to kiss baby Jesus to show her that we love him, and now she does it every time. So sweet. :)
Our perfectly pitiful little tree. :) I never realized how tiny it was until we moved into a house with 12 foot ceilings! But, we just made do! I stuck it on this table so that the neighbors could actually see it out the window, and so that Lyla couldn't pull on it! Worked out well, I think!
(also, I had great intentions of hanging the birch wreaths with thick red ribbon in the window...but, it never happened. So, just imagine how cute that will be next year.)
For Christmas last year, we got these Christmas dishes from John David's family. So, I was super excited to use them this year!! And, we really did have lots of Christmas dinners here at the Compound! :)


This is where I hung all our Christmas cards...I LOVE getting cards from all our friends and family!! Looking at all those little faces make me so happy!!
Once the shelves got full, I moved over to the piano...
The entrance:
And, once again, didn't want to risk hanging these from the tree, so I stuck them on this candle holder! I love this set from my MiL! :)
So, there you go...Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!!! :)