Christmas Day 2013 Recap


How are you all doing?! I hope you had a lovely weekend :)

We sure did-it was full of fun, family, food, and relaxation. Super fab!


For memory’s sake, I’d like to recap our Christmas day because it was wonderful-and it was so so fun to have a baby to share it with too!

Christmas Day 2013 Recap

Lily slept pretty well that night (she just didn’t want to go to bed, surprise surprise), so we awoke around 8:15 a.m. with my sister knocking on our door telling us the kids were READY to go.


Yes, yes they were.

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So we all grabbed our stockings and the madness began!

christmas day 2013 recap

Owl hats in each grandkids’ stocking!

So fun.

My stocking was filled with earrings, chocolate, floss, ice cube trays, and more chocolate. Yay!

Then the opening presents began.

We let the grandkids go one by one (in order of youngest to oldest) for a few rounds. Baby Lily slept through the whole thing in our room, so she missed out on the beginning of opening presents. But we had a happy baby the rest of the day, so I’m not complaining!

christmas day 2013 recap

After a few rounds of the grandkids’ opening presents, we siblings & spouses & my parents went one by one opening a present.

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I scored some sweet fitness clothes!

Then, after a round or two of that, baby Lily woke up! I fed her and then she got to open a present. :)

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She was enamored by the wrapping paper.


And by her new book. It was the sweetest to see her get a bit excited about the small things. 😉

And then we had her pull out things from her stocking-an owl hat to match the other grandkids, and a fun little birdie toy!

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Adorable, much?!?!

Then another present a little later for her.


And one for me.


She got tired out pretty quick, so my mom held her while we did a few more rounds of opening presents.

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Such a gem, my husband. :)

Oh, and my mom got a beautiful necklace from my sister:

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It’s the gemstones of the birth months of each of her kids!

{Can any pick out which one is mine?!? I so wish I was the pink one…..grrrrrr. 😉 But guess what I realized? Baby Lily is pink!}

After more presents & fun, around 12:30 we were finally done. Yes, it takes us 4 or 5 hours to open because we do it slowly and watch a person one bye one open a present. I love it that way because it drags out the fun!

Then I got Lily in a special outfit & attempted some pictures.

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My little princess is the cutest! :)

And so is my nephew.



And after a Christmas day dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes ‘n’ gravy, yams, rolls, cranberry salad, and dessert (sorry, I took like no food pics), we all hung out on the couch.

And my sis sneakily took this photo. It captures perfectly how much I adore being a mother to baby Lily!

christmas day 2013 recap

Such a merry, merry Christmas indeed! Baby Lily, Jared, and I had such a magical time together and with my family. I love the holidays, and especially the Christmas season.

We all went to bed feeling very merry and bright for sure! :)


Have a GREAT Monday!!! {tomorrow I will review the year’s best of’s for me!}

What are some fun things YOU received this holiday??! What do YOU normally eat on Christmas Day??! Do YOU open presents one by one or everyone all at once??!

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  1. oh my gosh all of those bailey’s babes in matching pajamas – TOO CUTE!! can baby itz join next year like old times???? 😉 xoxo
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  2. The matching PJs is just amazing!!! SO SO cute! Love <3

  3. I am BEYOND impressed with the matching PJs! How fun!
    I wish our family could SLOW DOWN the gift opening…ours is madness with wrapping paper flying everywhere!
    Hmmm…. I WONDER what your BEST moment of 2013 will be??? I can’t even imagine… 😉

  4. Love that last pic. So sweet! Looks like it was a wonderful holiday. I think that the necklace with the birthstones is such a nice gift.
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  5. I LOVE that pic that your sister took!! And Lily’s Christmas outfit is so darn adorable!! We have a marathon Christmas present opening too – takes most of the morning and sometimes part of the afternoon because we open presents one by one – I love it that way!
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  6. I’m honestly DYING over how cute all these pictures are! Matching Christmas pjs? I can’t even ;). Love the owl hats as well!

  7. I absolutely LOVE that you all had matching PJ’s!! I also love the look on Jared’s face in the photo of you guys helping Lily open her gift – cracks me up. Sounds like it was the perfect Christmas. :) Glad you guys got to be with family!
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  8. Oh my gosh, I love that everyone has matching PJ’s!! So so cute! In my family, my sister and I always open gifts at the same time (who has the patience to wait?!) but in my husband’s family we all take turns which is painful for me 😉 Hehe!
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  9. All of the matching PJs! Gahh so dang cute! We open presents one-by-one, in order of youngest to oldest. I love seeing what everyone else is getting!!
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  10. I LOVE all those matching pajamas!! SOOOO cute, especially since Gramma has matching ones as well! It looks like you had an awesome Christmas!
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  11. I LOVE THE MATCHING PAJAMAS! Oh my goodness that is so freakin’ cute. So many little kids!! I also love the “photoshoot” with Lily and the Christmas tree <3
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  12. The pic that your sister took is so, so precious! My family does the one-at-a-time thing too…I like to be able to see what everyone gets everyone else, and I like making the experience last longer!
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  13. Okay, so I love the matching pjs pic of your little family, but now, the WHOLE family – I can’t even handle how awesome that is. All of the pictures are awesome and so cute/festive/fun! Seriously!
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  14. I love those matching jammies and those owl hats!!! Too cute. Sounds like an amazing holiday friend! xoxo
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  15. I got a camera for Christmas this year, and I am so excited to use it to take pictures of my sweet baby girl when she comes in February :) I eat basically the same thing that you did on Christmas day turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, veggies, deviled eggs, and this special drink that has Sprite, orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream. In my family we open presents one at a time and I love it because it makes Christmas morning last longer, and we get to see the reaction of everyone when they open their gifts :) It looks like you had a great first Christmas with your sweet baby girl!
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  16. Love the pictures of everyone in matching outfits. So cute. I got lots of fun presents this year. A few pairs of Frye boots, a food processor, workout jackets and a few other things. I was happy!
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  17. Karen G in France says:

    Your baby Lily is the most sweetest, adorable baby. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas, family is so important. All the best to you in 2014 !

  18. So many little ones haha!! Makes Christmas so much more special! Sounds like a wonderful Christmas :)
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  19. danielle says:

    what amazing pics and i love the pj’s!!!!! adorable beyond belief! i also love the necklace for your mom, what a gorgeous idea and token of love :)
    happy holidays and new year!!!! xoxoxoxox big hugs and cheers to a fabulous 2014 :)



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