Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Day

Joe and I really wanted to keep our tradition of having our own special Christmas morning with just our family of four. So, Christmas morning we woke up in the room we were staying in at Joe's parent's house, got some coffee, and settled in for our little gift exchange.

First, we took down our stockings.

(I had to hang them up the night before.)

Then the dogs got to open their gifts. Well, actually, Jackson opened both gifts while Ava watched from the warmth of the blanket on my lap.

Jackson playing with his new Christmas raccoon.

Then we opened the gifts from each other.

You can still see Ava sleeping in my lap - that's my girl!

Joe has been begging me for the movie "Shooter" for months.

Yay! The new S.K. book!

mmmm... Beckham. :)

I loved our little private Christmas morning. I don't have any pictures from the rest of the day, but we had another nice relaxing day with family. We headed over to Joe's aunt's house for lunch and hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps. After lunch we went back to Joe's parent's and a few other family members stopped by to catch up. It was nice.

Low-key, that was our Christmas. And it's just what we needed.


  1. Overall it sounds like you had a beautiful Christmas Heather. Love seeing Ava all curled up like that :-) I hope you and Joe have a very, very HAPPY NEW YEAR! I'm very glad to have gotten to know you via this wonderful blog. HUGS!

  2. @Kim Ava is ALWAYS all curled up like that. That girl may like her sleep even more than me, and that is hard to beat! I'm so happy to have gotten to know you as well!

  3. Christmas morning, just the two of you is the best :) I think that was my favorite part of the whole day was Jon and me opening presents together, first thing in the morning, before the craziness of the day.

  4. @Stacy Yes, it's definitely a cherished tradition. :) I hope you and Jon had a nice New Year's!