Christmas 2014

We are already missing Christmas. This year was the best yet, not only because of the kids, but because we had my parents here this year. My brother & his girlfriend drove down from Iowa as well, so it was a full house & we loved every second of it!

On Christmas Eve, we went to church, the late candlelight service is always my favorite & Harper brought along her little battery operated candle that she swiped from one of our windows so she could join in. She has been carrying the thing around with her for weeks so she was pretty excited to put it to use. Eloise was teething & running a low fever, so she stayed back with Brandon, luckily she woke up feeling much better! When we came home, we set out some cookies for Santa, carrots for the reindeer & turned our fire off so Santa could come down the chimney! πŸ˜‰ Harper was one excited little girl, I was so surprised that she fell asleep as quickly as she did. Santa’s Elves spent a few long hours assembling a certain little play kitchen, but in the end, it was well worth it!
Christmas morning was as magical as ever, Harper couldn’t believe that Santa really came & Eloise was in wrapping paper Heaven. She tasted each and every present & bow, while Chef Harper cooked us up some breakfast in her new Elsa dress. The kitchen was definitely the highlight of the morning, neither of them have stopped playing with it since! (The play kitchen can be found here, we spray painted the hardware gold just for fun). We ate breakfast (and cookies), opened our stockings & played all morning over mounds of wrapping paper.

We had all of our family over for an early lunch, we cooked another turkey Thanksgiving style in the fryer outside & made all of the traditional sides. Stuffing is always my favorite! We all took a (long winter’s) nap, then went over to my parent’s house for the evening. Harper’s favorite gift them was a princess dress up set, complete with her first pair of heels & a wand, how cute is that grin?

It has been a fun last few days, but also bittersweet as we packed away all of our Christmas goodies until next year. Harper was so sad to see the tree go & to say goodbye to our Elf. Except, she somehow spotted her stuffed in a margarita glass in the cupboard, she had to take that up with dad! πŸ˜‰
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas & wish you a happy New Year’s week ahead!! XO
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    Jess Scott
    December 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    What a perfect Christmas!! Cam found our Elf in a laundry basket of clean clothes…oops!! Good thing they're still gullible at this age!! PS Love the Target red/white polka dotted wrapping paper….it made our goodies look extra cute, too!!

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    Kerry Dyer
    December 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Aw I bet she loved her kitchen!! Merry Christmas and have a good new year πŸ™‚

    KerryΒ @ Lived With Love | Mummy, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog x

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    babystepsandmommymoves.com
    December 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    What a lovely Christmas you had! You family is so sweet. πŸ™‚

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    Andrea Worley
    December 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Merry Christmas!

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    Jenn Lara
    December 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Your tree is perfection!!! Looks like a great day with your beautiful ladies!

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    Karra
    December 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    sounds magical!! The christmas cookies for breakfast is always my favorite πŸ˜‰

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    Sydney Hale
    December 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Looks like a magical day. Loved the girls play kitchen. Many memories and meals will be made there!
    Sydney
    http://raisingsoutherngrace.blogspot.com/

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    Gentel McKenney
    December 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    We got the same kitchen for Gracie this year – my poor hubby cursed the whole four hours it took him to put it together! Such a great gift though πŸ™‚

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    Summer Ann
    December 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Sounds like a great Christmas and I love that you spray painted the kitchen gold! It looks so cute! Our little guy was also in wrapping paper heaven. We could have just given him the paper and skipped gifts (which I figured all along) but what fun would that be. ;P

    XOXO,
    Summer Ann
    http://www.simplysummerann.com

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    Jenny @ cre8thelife.blogspot.com
    December 30, 2014 at 1:37 am

    I love your star tree topper! Where is it from?

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    Molly Alpert
    December 30, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Looks like a wonderful christmas πŸ™‚ And I'm so jealous you scooped up those anthro stockings before they sold out! I was waiting for a sale… major mistake! Wishing you & your sweet fam the happiest new year πŸ™‚

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    Britny Butler
    December 30, 2014 at 1:37 am

    I have to know where Harper's leggings and dress came from?! So cute! Your family is just too precious!

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    Molly C
    December 30, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Harper is gonna be super cute cooking in her little kitchen!
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    Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam, and Dylan Too!
    December 30, 2014 at 1:37 am

    I'm glad you had a great Christmas!

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    Allison Cooley
    December 30, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Looks like you had a great Christmas!

    http://tisourlife.blogspot.com/

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    Jenny Ikari
    December 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    What a fun Christmas! Isn't it great having family around? I love Harper's cute green dress and leggings!

    Xoxo,
    Jenny
    jennyikari.com

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    Jessica Limpright
    December 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I love your black and white tree skirt! Where is it from?

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    Sarah Polk
    December 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I second this comment! It is so cute, I'd wear it, too!

    Sarah
    http://www.thepolkfolk.blogspot.com

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    Michelle {lovely little things}
    December 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    love that kitchen!

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    Ann Green
    December 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    So sweet! I love that sweater in the last picture. Where is it from!

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    Priscilla O
    December 31, 2014 at 1:15 am

    What is the recipe you use for the cookies to keep the frosting hard they look so yummy πŸ™‚

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    Kelly Linn Feller
    December 31, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!! Adorable kitchen upgrade! We gave our daughter a play kitchen as well and added a faux marble countertop to it πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great New Year's Eve!!
    XO Kelly
    http://www.dettecakes.com

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    Cherry Blossoms
    December 31, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one of my favorite bloggy friends! Your Christmas looked very magical! We are here in ND and I am dreading our drive back to Texas on NYD but Elle is having a great time at her aunties. Harper looks so tall by the way! Hugs- heidi

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    Unknown
    December 31, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Love your photos- thank you for sharing! Such an awesome idea to paint kitchen handles gold!! Thank you for giving us a peek into your special Christmas day!!!

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    Sara Holt
    January 1, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Such a fun Christmas!

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    Jamie @ The Jamie's + 1
    January 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    You guys are so blessed!! Merry Christmas!

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    Amy DeVito
    January 4, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Merry, Belated Christmas! What a fun post.

    I love the pink wrapping paper, where did you get it from?

    Amy @ http://nystateofmind5.blogspot.com/

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