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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Had a holly jolly Christmas!


Wow that was fun! We truly had one of the best Christmas's and I thank the Lord and my sweet precious family. This was the first year that Travis and Ashlyn came up for a few days before and woke up with us on Christmas morning! It was so magical having my three kids here for all the fun! We spent Christmas Eve day just getting last minute things done,playing games and Ashlyn and I got mani/pedi's.Our precious Kaitlin stopped by with her fiance to visit and that always makes us so happy! Then we went to church and out for a great dinner. We came home,put on jammies and played cards and cooked dishes for the following day. Christmas morning was so fun having everyone come down to open gifts and sing "Happy Birthday to Jesus"(our longtime family tradition) The kids gave us, and each other such thoughtful ,sweet presents. Of course I cried as I opened mine just picturing them out shopping for such memorable things. And my Santa baby Steve got me such great gifts! Christmas Eve he saw me struggling with my old mixer trying to get things done and came into the kitchen with a brand new Kitchen Aid! I have always wanted one and what a fun surprise! After breakfast and cocoa we started the clean up and prep for the Greeks. Ash was such a HUGE help vacuuming and helping me set things up. (love having a girl)The boys gave the puppies baths and even played a round of tennis. The rest of the family arrived around one and the fun continued! It is so loud and crazy and goes by much too quickly. But we all had such a wonderful time being together. Lots of games, football, gifts,back rubs(another tradition at every gathering) great conversations, and lots of fun! The last person left around 11pm and the kids left shortly after that for the drive to Ash's family. Lucky Travis to have another amazing family to go celebrate Christmas all over again. No matter what you buy...or what you serve...it all pales in comparison to just being together! I went to bed tired but with such a grateful blessed heart!

5 comments:

The Lunds (and a few Koenigs) said...

What a perfect day. I am unbelievably jealous of your Kitchen Aid. I promise the second I win that Power Ball Lotery I am rushing to Costco to get one. Your house is darling. And I swear, Travis and Ashlyn just might be the world's most beautiful couple. So glad you had all of your babies with you too. What is better than that?

Cougarnana said...

Looks like a wild and crazy time at the Carter's! Cute pictures, I loved them all, such a beautiful family. I hope your knee is improving, I didn't see any crutches in the pictures. I wish you and all the Greeks a Happy New Year!!

Ellsworth Party of Four said...

What a very Merry Christmas! How fun to have a home full of such great looking, crazy faced people! I love all the pictures and feel a little sad that we are as energetic as all of you!
Hope you have the Happiest New Year!

Melanie said...

What a sweet photo of the pups. I am so glad you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas! Enjoy your new mixer :)

Anonymous said...

It was a great Christmas Tietta! Thank you both for your awesome hospitality and warmth and love! The house looked so beautiful and all the food that you prepared was awesome! Thanks for the memories!!!
Love Linds