Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Weekend!

Hello, my friends! What a truly wonderful Christmas "break" we had. I am so, so glad that I was able to have five full days off to enjoy the holiday. I think it really put me in the mood to celebrate and it allowed me to be completely prepared. What a blessing!

Friday I spent some time with my good friend Kaitlin, catching up and eating delicious scones. It also consisted of "date night" with Collin. We cooked dinner in (so good!) and then went and got frozen yogurt because we have a gift card!

Oh my goodness!!! He actually climbed into my lap to snuggle!!!
Seabass actually climbed into my lap to snuggle. I think as he's getting older he's calming down and wanting to snuggle more and more.
Such a delicious dinner tonight!
Chicken marinated in Italian dressing, oven-cooked asparagus, and honey butter rolls.
Delicious frozen yogurt for dessert!
Frozen yogurt topped with chocolate covered raisins.

Saturday I went to an open house for Kaitlin's ministry job. She works for EdgeCorps at Penn State mentoring and leading college students to Christ. Fantastic work that girl is doing. After that I went to Kohl's and helped my dad finish up his Christmas shopping. After running errands, that evening Collin and I stayed home, watched some Seinfeld and played video games.
My babies sleeping so peacefully.
My babies sleeping so peacefully Saturday morning while I read on the couch.
Just finished this great book!
I finished this book before leaving for the open house. I'm gonna review it soon on here!
Beautiful sky this morning!
Tonight's sunset was really quite pretty!
The sky was so pretty all day on Saturday! We deserved a nice sky though after the massive rain we had on Thursday evening/Friday.

Sunday was a great church service and afterwards Collin and I had lunch and then ran some more errands. After hitting the "chain stores" we decided to check out one of the local thrift stores. What a great decision that was! I got two pieces of clothing for $5 total, a Tommy Hilfiger, green gingham button down, and a pretty black and white dress. We also got an apple peeler/corer for $3 and a 7' artificial spruce Christmas tree for $3! And we got The Invention of Lying on DVD for $2! I think we made out really well! That evening we drove around to a few neighborhoods in the area and looked at Christmas lights. What a neat way to get in the Christmas mood!
So excited about my two thrift store clothing finds. We also got a 7' artificial spruce Christmas tree and an apple peeler/corer. All for $12!!
We're out looking at Christmas lights. And look who's staring at us from the window...
We saw this at one house driving around... a little creepy, no?
He's laying here just purring away. Except as I typed this Collin scared him and he ran away. =(

Monday (Christmas Eve), Collin had to work for about 5 hours that morning. I went to the chiropractor and finished getting stuff ready for the next morning. Once Collin got home though we watched Die Hard since it's a non-traditional Christmas movie and Collin is discussing it when he podcasts tonight. After that we played some video games until it was time to get dressed for church. We went to a 6pm Candlelight service at a church other than ours. My parents always host an Open House gathering on Christmas Eve that starts at 7:00 and we're usually still there or just leaving close to 11:00. Those are both the service times for our church. So the church across the street from my parents' house was very accommodating with their service times. And I'm glad we went. It was a great service! After church we spent the evening at my parents' house visiting with family and good friends. What a great evening we had!
Watching a pseudo-Christmas movie, Die Hard, with these handsome guys.
Watching Die Hard with these handsome guys.

Christmas morning was fantastic! I was so excited I woke up about 5am and couldn't deeply fall back asleep. So Collin and I got up around 7:15. We opened presents (he did really well and I love my gifts!!) and then had cinnamon rolls for breakfast while finishing Die Hard. Around 10:00 we headed to my parents' house to help make lunch. Once my sister and brother-in-law arrived about 12:45 we had a turkey lunch which was delicious! Then we opened presents and were all so spoiled! After present time we played my mom's new game, "Bubble Talk". If you've not heard of it, check it out. It's similar to "Apples to Apples" only you are captioning a picture instead of determining nouns to adjectives. We laughed pretty hard at some of the pictures and captions. About 4:30 we left my parents and heading to see Collin's parents. When we got there we had a delicious ham dinner. And afterwards we opened presents and got spoiled by Collin's parents also! After dinner we watched Christmas Vacation; it was only my second time seeing it!
Merry Christmas! Waiting for my sister and brother-in-law to get here to open presents and eat lunch!
The tree at my parents' with the presents waiting to be opened.
Best. Tshirt. Ever.
The new shirt I bought for Collin.
This dinner looks amazing!!
Lunch ready to eat on the table!
Happy Martin kitties sunning while we opened presents. Missing my babies though while we're out spending the day with our families.
My parent's cats sunning themselves while we opened presents.
Sitting in front of the in-laws pretty tree. We just finished watching "Christmas Vacation". =)
The in-laws' tree we gazed upon all evening!

All in all I would say it was a pretty fantastic Christmas!! We had such fun and it was filled with lots of family and friends and love and good food!

I hope your day (and weekend) was just as good as ours was! And may you carry the Christmas spirit with you all year through! After all, Christ is with us all year through!



  1. Cindy, Your cats are adorable in that box together!! Visiting from this and that blog.

  2. Your cats are so cute! Looks like a great holiday break!

  3. Sounds like you had a truly wonderful Christmas break. Love the cat t-shirt!


  4. So glad to hear you enjoyed Christmas and your time off.

  5. 1. I really like the green shirt.
    2. Creeper Santa is creepin'
    3. I worked out in the snow flurries in NC on Friday. It was cold but delightful.
    4. I love your family's Christmas treeS
    5. I support all NC sweatshirts.. unless its UNC, I just can't get behind that. ;)


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