Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas 2011 - Memories in a nutshell

The Christmas weekend seemed to fly by in a blink of an eye this year.

It was wonderful and seemingly not stressful, which is a change. My BIL & SIL were in Jacksonville with her family so we were minus 4 at our house, but even so, it seemed that the house was full.

The boys could have not asked for more wonderful thoughtful gifts. I think the best gift for each was Luke - a Karaoke machine, Anthony = A Ninjago set, Christopher = His train set.

My brother always gets me 1 gift that makes me cry. This year, it was a locket. The locket has a photo of my mom (her HS photo) and the outside is engraved with "Mom 1948-1992". It's truly beautiful.
Of course, in keeping with his & my tradition of annoying wrapping. The little box was wrapping a sequence of 5 boxes, all individually wrapped in their own wrapping paper and the ends taped with packing tape (yes, another annoying tradition we impose on each other).

My amazing hubby got me a beautiful opal (my birthstone) and diamond bracelet which apparently he had been eyeing for months, as well as other wonderful and well thought out gifts.

The boys and I decorated Sugar cookies (yes, we made them from scratch too) for dessert as well as I made chocolate cups with a chocolate mousse with raspberries for each person. Not pictured, each person's place card at the table was a sugar cookie stocking with their name in icing and decorated with sprinkles.

We had a very Merry Christmas and were blessed by our family, friends, and loved ones.

Here is a 55 second slide show of the festivities..


  1. Love the slideshow! Sounds like you guys had a great Christmas. :)

  2. How did you make that slideshow? Great pictures!


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