I meant to get these pictures up on Saturday but, well…life got in the way.  I kinda love when it does that.  We had a great weekend spent relaxing, CLEANING and organizing all of our new toys (tip for mamas: tuck away a few of the toys and bring them out in a couple of months.  The kids never notice the absence of Toy #34 as they’re too busy playing with Toy #33.  It’s like Christmas all over again come March and June!)  I WAS going to take our tree down but the forecast is calling for flurries on Monday (the closest we’ve come to real snow this season – **update – it did NOT snow, not even a little. boo.**) and I thought the tree might look beautiful with a little snow on the ground.  I’ll take it down eventually.  Or not.

Here’s a glimpse into our Christmas Day!  First, a rundown of the day:

  • 7:15am – Casually get up, make coffee and open presents at home.
  • 8:30am – Become completely enamored over Clara’s new Calico Critter’s townhouse (oh ma gosh – the pieces are adorably tiny and we’ve already lost a couple).  Notice the time and freak out because we’re supposed to be at my mama’s house in 30 minutes.
  • 9:15am – Late to mamas’.  Open presents.  Highlight for kids: new Scooters.  Highlight for me: Pedicure gift certificate!
  • 10:00am – Traditional Christmas breakfast at my Uncle and Aunt’s house.
  • 11:30am – Drive to Travis’ parents and open presents.  Take a walk with SIL.
  • 2:00pm – Nap with Clara.
  • 5:00pm – Play!
  • 6:00pm – BACK over to Uncle and Aunt’s house for Christmas dinner (brunswick stew)
  • 7:30pm – BACK over to Travis’ parents for fellowship and dessert.
  • 10:00pm – Bed!


An exhausting day, but I’m so very thankful that Travis and I can share the day with both sides of the family.  I realize a lot of couples have to choose each year which family they’ll visit.  Luckily, our parents live like 5 minutes apart!

Now the photodump!

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^^yep, I own a pair of red footie pajamas (so does Travis actually).  Love them.^^

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^^(so teeny!  so adorable, right?!?!!!)^^

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^^Henry quote of the day – after opening a microscope – “Look mama!!!  More SCHOOLWORK!!!  YES!”^^

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^^Clara quote of the day – “This is the best. day. EVAHHH!”^^
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QUESTION:  Do you share holidays between the inlaws?  When do you take your Christmas tree down?


  1. Brooke says:

    Oh my gawsh, you are the cutest, and I love that the kids stayed in their jammies all day. What a great idea! You totally rocked the footies and now I want some. And a a Calico Critters townhouse. Norah may need one for her birthday in February ;)

  2. Ericka @ The Sweet Life says:

    Your hair looks great and that is an awesome color on you! Your pix were wonderful and as always, your kids cute as can be. I’m glad you had a nice Christmas. It IS nice that the parents live so close. It’s always a struggle (and cost) for Christmas if they don’t. Here’s to a great 2014!

  3. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries says:

    I LOVE the dollhouse. – yes, love all the teeny tiny stuff! So so fun. I always say I better have a girl someday… ;) Clara is just the cutest! I can just imagine her saying the words you quote from her.

    And Linds, you’re just gorgeous! Love your curly locks, cute glasses, beautiful smile, and glowing skin!

  4. Aaron says:

    a. Clara is stunningly beautiful. (and Henry is Mr. Handsome)
    b. oh my gosh, Lindsay, your skin! maybe it’s that whole Porter in your belly thing, but it’s seriously glowing.
    c. I have footie pajamas too. I also bought them for for my 18 and 24 year old brothers :)

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