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Best day of the year

Christmas makes me feel like a kid again.
The excitement, anticipation and the joy.
When I was younger, Christmas used to be about me...my wants, my wishes
As I grow older I no longer think about myself. I don't create wish lists or dream about what is for me under the tree. It has a whole new meaning (the presents part) and that is what brings me the most joy. I absolutely love to check things off my loved ones lists and throw a couple surprises in too.
Christmas 2010 was the best one yet.
Just when you think a Christmas can't be outdone, it happens.

We enjoyed a beautiful Christmas Eve dinner at grandma & grandpas house


I can't tell you how thankful I am that we got to spend another Christmas Eve with grandma and grandpa in their home. We cherish it and thank the Lord for another year.
 It was impossible to get a good picture of Kate in her Christmas dress. The kid does not stand still!

After dinner we all headed back to mom and dads for a sleep over!
Everyone got cozy in their new jammies and we watched "The Christmas Story" and drank our drink of choice. It's a tradition that we all look forward to every year.

Christmas morning was wonderful. We lounged around and enjoyed a fabulous brunch with great company! Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie Jamie, Uncle Steve and cousins!

There is something about Christmas morning that is so magical. 

maybe it's the tree...

Presents were amazing...everyone was so creative and thoughtful!
Kate had a sign made for papa that said "Papa's Garden"

Mom is stylin and ready to travel with all her new Louis Vuitton luggage and handbag. Santa Dad did good!

My man also spoiled me with a new louie...I love it!

Kate's wardrobe became even more amazing with boxes of new goodies from Nordstroms and Pumpkin Patch! We all got Disneyland passes! Chris got a ton of cool accessories for his new car! I could go on and on and on but I won't..

My little family of three.

Christmas afternoon and evening was spent at the Andrews! It was the perfect way to end our perfect day! We enjoyed an incredible dinner and dessert. Opened more beautiful presents and enjoyed every minute of this glorious day!
And look! Kate got her first tricycle!  

Our little pumpkin was worn out from all the celebrating. She was even too tired to pop her pacifier. This little beauty slept 13 hours last night! She didn't wake up until 10am. Amazing!



We had so much fun waking up and playing with all the new toys today. Well, at least this little one did.
I had fun cleaning out my closet to make room for the new wardrobe. Two Nordstrom bags later full of giveaways and all the new things fit! We got the Christmas tree down today and spent 4 hours cleaning the wood floors, cleaning all the window treatments, dusting, polishing...you name it. The house is sparkling clean and we're getting ready to ring in the new year. We love starting the year out with a clean and organized house. Something about a fresh start is so invigorating!

Hope y'all had yourselves a Merry little Christmas.
Happy cleaning and organizing!

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