Christmas 2014!

Hello Family and friends! I hope you all had a great Christmas with your loved ones. Ours was pretty relaxed with lots of family time! This is my favorite time of the year because as a believer, this is the birthday of our Savior Jesus Christ (we know it’s not the exact date) but its more the celebration of His birth. He came to die for us all. He is the reason for the season. Aside from celebrating Jesus birth, we also spent time with family, eating yummy food, and exchanging gifts with family. My family, especially my Hubs, was so generous to give me wonderful things that I’m looking forward to using. It would have been the best if we also had my side of the family, but it is what it is. Hopefully next year we can be all together. I apologize in advance because this will be a picture overload post!

Days before Christmas,we had dinner at my In laws.
Days before Christmas,we had dinner at my In laws.
I love my In laws Christmas decorations.
I love my In laws Christmas decorations.
We had Chinese food and it was YUMMY!
We had Chinese food and it was YUMMY!
more Chinese food..
more Chinese food..

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with Riley!
with Riley!

Christmas Eve we went to my Husband’s grandma’s place for dinner and exchanged gifts.

Christmas Eve dinner (Hubs and his Sis Julia)
Christmas Eve dinner (Hubs and his Sis Julia)

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My MIL, Grandma, Dad IL
My MIL, Grandma, Dad IL
Grandma and DIL with their Seahawks rings. They look so happy..GO HAWKS!
Grandma and DIL with their Seahawks rings. They look so happy..GO HAWKS!
YUM!
We had Ham, Mac and Cheese,biscuits,salads! YUM!
Christmas Ham!
Christmas Ham!
we had Lots of dessert too, but not sure why I didn't take pictures. This was so good (i don't know the name)
we had lots of dessert too, but not sure why I didn’t take pictures. This was so good (i don’t know the name)

Christmas day, we had brunch at home, opened gifts, watched movies, relaxed and then ate some snacks! It was a fun and relaxed Christmas.

We read the story surrounding Jesus birth (i think we read in the Hebrews). My Hubs was reading..
We read the story surrounding Jesus birth (I think we read in Luke). My Hubs was reading:)
I wanted to bake a cake for Jesus's Birthday but decided to just buy macaroons at whole foods.
I wanted to bake a cake for Jesus’s Birthday but decided to just buy macaroons at whole foods.
Hubs made eggs benedict, we also had bacon,fruits, LOTS of coffee!
Hubs made eggs benedict, we also had bacon,fruits, LOTS of coffee!
Christmas morning! Santa Came:)
Christmas morning! Santa Came:)
Sis In Law Julia opening one of her stocking gift
Sis In Law Julia opening one of her stocking gift
MIL with her pretty scarf (one of her gifts)
MIL with her pretty scarf (one of her gifts)
Twinning! My MIL got a northface Jacket that is similar to Julias.
Twinning! My MIL got a north face Jacket that is similar to Julia’s.
Hubs got some kitchen gadgets!
Hubs got some kitchen gadgets!
Riley is jealous Auntie is not giving him attention!lol
Riley is jealous Auntie is not giving him attention!lol
New Jeans for Hubs!
New Jeans for Hubs!
Thanks Auntie for my new toy!
Thanks Auntie for my new toy!

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Yankee winter wonderland collection for me!
Yankee winter wonderland collection for me!

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My santa (aka Hubs) gave me a new iPad Air!
My santa (aka Hubs) gave me a new iPad Air 2!
My Christmas gifts 2014,thanks to my family for all the wonderful gifts!
My Christmas gifts 2014,thanks to my family for all the wonderful gifts!
Looking forward to using these 3 major gifts from my Hubs! I love this Rebecca Minkoff "Mini Mac" Crossbody bag!
Looking forward to using these 3 major gifts from my Hubs! I love this Rebecca Minkoff “Mini Mac” Crossbody bag!
These wallet and Hot choco pot are gifts from my sisters and Bro In Law! Thank you guys. I love your gifts.
These wallet and Hot choco pot are gifts from my sisters and Bro In Law! Thank you guys. I love your gifts.
Our Christmas snacks (crabs,shrimps,meat and pate platter,smoke salmon,poke,fondue)
Our Christmas snacks (crabs,shrimps,meat and pate platter,smoke salmon,poke,fondue)
Fondue that Hubs made! So Good!
Fondue that Hubs made! So Good!
Christmas 2014!
Christmas 2014!

Christmas Decorations 2014!

Hello Family and friends! I hope you’re all having a good day! I wanted to share my Christmas decorations this year. ¬†Although I decorated our home the usual way and the only new Christmas decors I have are my Holiday pillows from target. I still wanted to put it here because it’s fun for me look back through the years on how our home looked during the Christmas season. I’ve been really intentional this year about not stressing about my Christmas decorations, we have no Christmas lights outside our house (I think we are one of the few who didn’t put any lights out and I’m fine with that). We live in a community where our neighbors hire people for that kind of thing. I’d rather see all the lights inside the house:) This might also be the last time we will have our Christmas tree in our living room because we plan to get a new one for next year (we are waiting for the after Christmas day sale). The Hubs just can’t wait for a nicer tree, he doesn’t like the current one (we’ve used it for the last 4 years) and I “sort of” agree with him that it’s time to get a nicer tree for next year. I apologize in advance because some of the pictures are blurry.

My Nativity set that my Mom In Law gifted me.
My Nativity set that my Mom In Law gifted me.
closer look;the lenox lamp is another gift from my MIL last Christmas!
closer look;the lenox lamp is another gift from my MIL last Christmas!
This is part of our Church's newsletter that I framed because this verse is so powerful!
This is part of our Church’s newsletter that I framed because this verse is so powerful! The real reason of the season.
Candle I've been burning today!
Candle I’ve been burning today!
the new Holiday pillows,Riley liked it too!
the new Holiday pillows,Riley liked it too!
Christmas teddy bears (I got from day after Christmas sale last year)
Christmas teddy bears (I got from the day after Christmas sale last year)
living room
living room during the day
I like it at night coz of it's cozy vibe!
I like it at night coz of it’s cozy vibe!
Nutcracker inspired mantle
Nutcracker inspired mantle
closer look
closer look
snow globes
snow globes

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I'm almost done with wrapping gifts!
I’m almost done with wrapping gifts!
my little helper..NOT! He is so cute and fatty!
my little helper..NOT! He is so cute and fatty!
Candy canes columns are back!
Candy canes columns are back!

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Dining table..I love Poinsettias during this time of year,so I bought one for my table and hopefully they will last before the year ends.
Dining table..I love Poinsettias during this time of year,so I bought one for my table and hopefully they will last before the year ends.

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In the bar I framed our Christmas pictures for display.It's fun to look out!
In the bar I framed our Christmas pictures for display.It’s fun to look out!
coffee area,just a little something!
coffee area,just a little something!
obligatory picture after decorating the tree!
obligatory picture after decorating the tree!
Merry Christmas from the Bates!
Merry Christmas from the Bates!