Monday, December 29, 2008

First, Christmas, Then 36

We had such a wonderful Christmas. First, my immediate family came over for a pre-Christmas Christmas at our house. We had such a wonderful time, that we think it will be a tradition from now on. Evan, EG, and their cousins opened presents from their grandparents. We had the best time watching them. Oh, to be a kid again! Christmas Eve, we had Derek's family over to our house for lunch and presents. Then, we were off to my aunt's to celebrate with my Dad's side. Christmas Day we spent time with family at my sister's house. How blessed we are to have family and have them so close by. It really was a wonderful time.

As far as Christmas Eve, Santa and Mrs. Clause didn't get in bed until 3:30 a.m. It seems the little pink kitchen came with 21 steps and five bags of screws! The box wasn't very big, so who would have thought. We quickly realized that was why the box was so small. Ha! It was all worth it though. Evan and Ella Grace were so happy with their treasures left by Santa.

We took about 200 pictures, but I have picked some of my favorites to share. Out of all those pictures, can you believe we didn't even get one of the four of us together??? Oh well. We still have memories of a truly wonderful Christmas! I hope you and yours did, too.

I turned 36 the day after Christmas. Derek and the kiddos spoiled me rotten. All I can say is I'm a lucky girl (at 36 you are still classified as a "girl" right???)! I'm looking forward to reading all about your Christmases, too!

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17 comments:

ShortOne said...

i'm speechless - words can't describe all the joy & love you can see in each picture! awesome, wonderful slide show...thank you so much for sharing!

Kayla said...

I loved your smilebox!!! Too cute!

Sounds like yall had a wonderful Christmas! I can honestly say this was my best ever!!!

Your family is BEAUTIFUL!! I can only imagine the joy of seeing your children's faces after Santa came to visit!

Have a wonderful New Year!

Michele said...

Loved the photos - you have such a precious family :)But I have one question...How on earth do you accomplish cookie decorating with such ease? There was no frosting smeared all over the counter...or faces...or fingers - it looked like a bomb had exploded when we finished our cookies ...maybe I should have provided a bit more parental supervision? ;)

And Happy Belated Birthday!

Megan L Hutchings said...

Your pictures seriously brought tears to my eyes. There is so much love and joy that radiates from your beautiful family ;).

Evan is growing up so much and it seems like he is blossoming more and more everyday.

Love You!

Angela said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the Smilebox! What a cute thing for you to do! I know you had a wonderful Christmas! Take care and happy New Year!

Jacquie said...

I loved your smilebox, Leigh Ann. That picture (of EG) in the background of your first slide caught my attention - how cute!!!

Thanks for inviting us to enjoy your Christmas with you.

Meagan said...

I LOVE smilebox!!!! My favorites are the one of EG in her hat, the one of you and EG cheek to cheek, the one of you and E looking at each other, and both the ones of you and D!!! You are one HOT 36 year old, mama! :-) I am so glad you had a Merry Christmas!!

Melissa said...

Love the smile box! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and your New Year is filled with many blessings! I love all the pics and your home is so pretty. The kids look so cute and excited. We pulled a late nighter getting ready for the santa suprise as well. It is always worth it to see those faces!

Melissa said...

Oh, i almost forgot must be my increasing age ...Have A wonderful Birthday!!!

In His Army said...

I loved the slideshow! Looks like those sweet kids had a great christmas! And what a pretty birthday cake!

Kara said...

Leigh Ann you have such a GORGEOUS family! It looks like it was a lot of fun at your house this year! Those two kiddos are the cutest things ever, and you can clearly see how much you all love one another. Happy New Year!

P.S.
Where can this girl get some eyelashes like Evan's?????????:-)

pengellylove said...

Loved the Smilebox! Looks like you guys had a great Christmas...Happy New Year!

Lauren said...

Slideshow = tears!

The Polk Family said...

I absolutely LOVED the Smilebox slideshow! The pictures of you and Derek are so sweet and EG and Evan are adorable! Ya'll are THE cutest family!! Love ya bunches! KP

Betsy said...

Your pictures are sooooo good! I love that SmileBox thing! :)

I hope you and your sweet family have a wonderful 2009!!! I am so glad I met you in 2008! God has blessed me so much will all my sweet blogging friends!

His Doorkeeper said...

Leigh Ann,

Such wonderful pictures of a beautiful, loving family!

Blessings for you all in 2009!

Rachel Wheat said...

Glad you had a great Christmas! My brother, Trever, has a b'day on the 26th, too. He says he gets gipped by the "combo gift". HAHAHA!