And just like that... Christmas is over. SO. WEIRD. It is amazing how much we anticipate this time of year and then it is gone so fast (often without an adequate amount of time being spent on the REAL reason for the season).
Christmas eve was great. We had a late lunch at the in-laws, followed by a fantastic church service. It was very different from the typical "Christmas Story" and I LOVED IT! He talked about how you cannot focus on BIRTH of Christ without thinking about his LIFE of service and his DEATH on the cross. Pretty cool point. We got home from church and went on our secret Christmas Jar mission (we take a jar full of money and a bunch of house hold items to a local family in need). You better believe we wear camo and sneak around and ring-and-run and all that good stuff. We opened our traditional "brother" present and called it a night.
Hubby and I went home and celebrated our first Christmas as a married couple. We decided that one of our traditions is going to be playing guitar and singing carols together before bed. We would like to say it was quite special (first recorded white Christmas in the HISTORY of Alabama). It snowed and snowed and snowed! SO COOL! We awoke early and exchanged our gifts (he gave me a HUGE canvas wedding picture- it is awesomeee). We came back to my parents house and made it just in time for the boys to be lined up down the stairs, waiting to burst through the tape. Yes, my Dad literally tapes it where they cannot enter until 7:30. Haha. Santa gets tired after a long night of setting up presents for TEN!
After a beautiful morning playing with brothers, in the snow, and with my NEW CANON REBEL XS, we packed up and headed to Mimi's in Dothan.
Going to Mimi's on Christmas is one of my favorite things in the world. We arrived to a house full of family, presents, and delicious food (There are usually about 20 in attendance). We all make it a point to stay for atleast 2 or 3 days and really enjoy time with each other. Thank goodness one aunt/uncle/cousin set live in the same town so the cousins can stay over there in order to spread out the madness lol. I am VERY close to my cousins- and we could not live without our "Cousin Sleepovers". This is something we will continue to do forever... no matter how many of us are married or have children.
Now we are back- back to the real world of work, job searching, cleaning, and getting ready for a new year.
Pictures to come tomorrow! xo