Christmas Eve Recap 2011

 

As I mentioned last year, today is one of the most sad days of the year for me. I am obsessed with the Christmas season, so the end of it is just so depressing. We usually leave our decorations up until New Years, but honestly, I am just ready to put everything away because it makes me so sad how far away next year is from now. I had a great weekend with my family and it went by SO FAST and I don’t want it to end. January and February are my least favorite months of the year. Christmas is over, and It’s just cold outside! Ok now that I have bummed everyone out, here is what we did on Christmas eve.

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I woke up early to get into the kitchen. I had a LOT of baking to do. I always give our relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins) a bunch of baked goods for Christmas. I made the Snickers cookies I make every year, fudge, reindeer food, and pretzel candy. My mom was baking as well, so it was fun to just hang out in the kitchen all day listening to Christmas music. The boys could come in and out from playing the Wii and watching TV. (They also had to make a quick trip to the grocery store for me for pretzels!)

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My dad cooked some prime rib that we were going to eat for dinner, so we had to smell it all day as it cooked. Delicious!

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I took a couple breaks to take pictures and watch the boys for a few minutes.

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she wouldn’t look at the camera!

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neither would she!

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We had pizza for lunch, then that afternoon we headed into New Orleans to visit my grandmother and my uncle. Unfortunately, the only picture I took was of Bobby holding my grandmother’s obese dog. You can’t tell from the picture, but this dog is massive.

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We ate an early dinner over there before heading to church.

Side note…anyone ever heard of Jessee Duplantis, the televangelist? Well, he just built his “new house” down the street from my grandmother….it’s over 31k square feet and has a bowling alley. He “preaches” on TV and begs people to send him money in the name of God…and then he lives in this. Makes. me. sick. DO NOT SEND HIM MONEY! HE IS A FRAUD! here is his house:

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I wish I was kidding. Ok, back to happy thoughts! So we headed to church at First Baptist New Orleans (my parents church), which is where I got married almost 5 years ago.

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It was a great service. We were all given candles, and at the end, we all lit our candles by passing the flame from person to person all around the church. Then we stood up, raising our candles with all the lights off in the sanctuary, and sang silent night. It was absolutely beautiful and such a great moment. My favorite part was when we sang this verse, all holding out candles:

“Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth “

It was just one of those moments you would love to just freeze in time. So very cool. After church, we came home and had a delicious supper.

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I used those new stick on nails strips. So far they are holding up well and look cool!

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We made a fire and chatted for awhile.

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Then, my sister and her husband came over and my dad read the Christmas story from Luke 2 and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

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He has been reading out of that book since I was a little girl. Smile

We were all pretty exhausted, so it was off to bed so Santa could come!

QOTD: What did you do on Christmas eve?

Christmas Weekend Happenings

 

It’s Christmas Eve! It’s Christmas Eve! Bobby and I (and the girls) are at my parents house for a few days to celebrate. Today will be lots of baking, lots of Christmas music, and of course, a fire in the fireplace. We are going to visit my grandmother and then go to church later this evening, and then my sister an her husband will probably come over. I can’t believe the holiday snuck up on us so fast, I’m excited but also sad that so soon it will all be over. Yes I am one of “those” sentimental people.

On Thursday night, Karen and her husband Jason stopped in for the night at our house on their way back from Disney World. We took them out to our favorite Mexican restaurant, and Karen and I did a lot of chatting until late into the night. It was great to catch up!

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Please ignore my wild hair and no makeup.

I was sad they had to go so soon, but we also had a lot of packing up to do to get to my parents!

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Last night, we did a lot of chatting and catching up by the fire, followed by a game of scrabble flash. We ate our favorite pizza from a place called Marco’s, and then all watched The Santa Clause. So far it’s been a great holiday weekend, and I can’t wait to have some more Christmas fun!

I hope wherever you are, that you are enjoying time with your loved ones. I love y’all!

*Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! There will be three winners!

QOTD: What are you doing today? baking? visiting family? share!

Christmas Survey

 

Good morning! I have another busy weekend ahead, more wedding fun is just around the corner. I am heading to the gym to get in a workout before the madness begins. But first, I saw this fun Christmas survey on Julie’s blog and since I am pretty obsessed with Christmas, I wanted to join in on the fun!

Christmas Survey Time! If you want to join in the fun answer one, some, or all the questions in the comments section!

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Christmas 2010

Eggnog or hot chocolate?

Both! Probably lean more towards Eggnong since it’s a seasonal treat.

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

Growing up they were not wrapped, there was just a pile each for my sister and I. Don’t know what I will do when I have kids. Good question!

Colored lights on tree/house or white?

White lights on the tree, mixture outside (not all in one strand but a different color for the trees, bushes, etc.)

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Do you hang mistletoe?

Growing up there was some at my grandparents house (where we spend Christmas eve and Christmas) but we never had any at our house I don’t think.

When do you hang your decorations up?

Growing up it was day after Thanksgiving, since I have been married it’s the weekend before Thanksgiving.

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What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

Tough! I make a cream cheese danish for Christmas morning breakfast that’s great!

Favorite holiday memory as a child?

I have two. 1.) our neighborhood used to put out luminaries all along the streets in front of the houses on Christmas eve. It was the most BEATIFUL thing. When we would get home from my grandparents Christmas eve we would go for a walk and it was so beautiful. 2.) Dancing around the living room to Christmas music with my sister all day Christmas eve while the adults cooked. My grandparents have a huge living room with a HUGE sectional couch (like twice the length of a normal one) and we would pretend we were ballerinas and dance to the Christmas music around and around the couch for hours, getting excited about opening gifts!

What is on your Christmas wish list?

An iPod nano for when I run! (Check out my Favorite things of 2011 post)

Do you open a gifts on Christmas Eve?

Growing up, we would open gifts from my grandparents Christmas eve at their house and then back home one from my parents (Pajamas)

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How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

No particular theme, we get a new ornament anytime we go somewhere so we have a bunch! We put on Christmas music and a fire. It’s one of my favorite days of the year, decorating for Christmas!

Snow? Love it or dread it?

Living in the south my whole life, I know I would hate it. I love when we get one snowfall every year or two, it’s just enough!

Real tree or fake tree?

We had cats, so always fake. I’m pretty indifferent.

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Christmas 2006

Do you remember your favorite gift?

I don’t know if it’s my favorite but I was REALLY into American Girl doll’s as a tween and so getting my dolls and outfits/furniture etc was always a favorite.

What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?

Celebrating the true reason for it all, Jesus’ birth. He is the reason for the season, and I really try to focus more on that than the other commercialized things.  Also, spending time with my family, our traditions.

What is your favorite holiday dessert?

My mom makes amazing pralines at Christmas time, I eat about a million. Seriously.

What is your favorite tradition?

On Christmas eve we sit by the fire and my dad read’s The Night Before Christmas and the Christmas Story out of the Bible. always a special time to me. We take pictures every year as well so we have one from every year with my sister and I in our new PJ’s on the couch with my dad while he reads. Also I enjoy going to Church on Christmas eve. It puts things in perspective and is a good time to be thankful and reflective before the Christmas day madness.

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What tops your tree?

Always been a star. Bobby broke ours this year so I had to buy a new one.

Do you prefer giving or receiving?

Giving! I put a LOT of thought into gifts, and get SO excited when they open them. It’s so fun for me!

What is your favorite Christmas song?

Oh Holy Night and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Candy canes, yuck or yum?

just ok, but I love peppermint fudge, bark, ice cream.

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Favorite Christmas movie?

The Santa Clause and Home Alone.

What do you leave for Santa?

We always left cookies an milk, nothing now though

Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?

Growing up we would have to wait at the top of the stairs until we were told we could come down. My sister and I would sit on the top step SO excited thinking about all of the toys we were about to get. My mom would video tape us coming down and into the living room. We sat by the fire and opened stockings first, then gifts, while Christmas music played in the background. Then we would eat breakfast afterwards.

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Christmas 2005

Do you prefer to shop on-line or at the mall?

Either. It depends I guess on what I’m looking for.

Christmas letter or Christmas card?

Christmas card. Some (NOT ALL so please don’t get offended) people use the Christmas letter as an attention getting brag fest and that always drove me nuts. There is a way to do it well and tastefully, but some people just don’t get it. (Who has seen the Christmas letter episode of Everybody Loves Raymond. Love.)

*Side note, Christmas day is also very special in my family because it is also my mom’s birthday! On Christmas night after all the hoopla we sing happy birthday to her and she opens her gifts.

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QOTD: Ok so answer one, some, or all these questions in the comments section!

Happy Thanksgiving 2011

 

Happy Thanksgiving! We kicked the holiday off with a bang last night by…eeerr…Staying home and doing absolutely nothing! Today we are rocking it out at a 5k turkey trot then will be cooking and eating ourselves into a food coma.

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Don’t worry, I will be back tomorrow with pictures of food and fun and will have a race recap up soon as well. I hope you get off the computer some today and have a fabulous day with your family and friends! Go make some memories. Stay safe, eat until you have to unbutton your pants, and watch some football. Don’t forget all of the blessings in your life and all the things you have to be thankful for. I know my list is many, many pages long. I love you all, have a great holiday!

And now, for your enjoyment (ok, you know you are going to get on the computer for a LITTLE while today!) the first installment of my “RWS features!” In case you missed it, I will be featuring a blog probably every week that you need to go, right now, and put in your Google reader.

So be sure to go over to their blogs as they are posted and say hi, and that you came from RWS. New readers are always appreciated and new blogs are always fun to find. You never know, you may find a new favorite!

Meet Kelsey from http://fitnessfanatic007.blogspot.com

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How/Why did you start blogging? I started blogging as a way to keep my family up to date with my life as I grew independent while starting college. I started reading other healthy living and food blogs, so eventually mine shifted into a healthy living blog because fitness and healthy eating is a HUGE part of my life and I was blogging about it so much already. I just decided to add my recipes into the mix! I saw that a lot of bloggers did product reviews, so I was fortunate enough to do a few by asking companies. Now, I have done over 40 reviews!

Sum up your blog in a couple of sentences: The Secret Life of Kelsey is … about my fun life, new recipes I’ve tried, my babysitting and teaching adventures, product reviews and more!

 

What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging? My goal with my blog is just to have fun and inspire some creativity in the kitchen! I love experimenting and posting new recipes and recipes I have tweaked to my own desire that I have seen on other blogs. I would love to have more readers!

What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment? My biggest healthy living accomplishment is definitely completing a half-marathon! I am NOT a natural runner and I actually hate running. But, I really wanted to accomplish a goal that I had to work hard at, and I did! Full post here: http://fitnessfanatic007.blogspot.com/2010/09/half-marathon-success.html and more pics here: http://fitnessfanatic007.blogspot.com/2010/09/more-pics-from-race.html  I have no desire to run another half-marathon, but I can PROUDLY say I did one in my life!

Thanks so much Kelsey! You can also find Kelsey on twitter: @Christianqt07 So go check out her blog and twitter and make a new friend.

QOTD: What is a new (to you) blog you have “discovered” lately you want to share with the group that you love?

Merry Christmas 2010

 

Happy Christmas eve! We have been sitting by the fire, playing Wii, and cooking up a storm down here in Louisiana! I hope everyone is having a fun, relaxing, and special Christmas eve.

Even if your family is getting on your nerves, try to look past it and remember that these are precious moments you can hold in your heart forever. Time with your family is irreplaceable!

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas with your loved ones. Enjoy this time together! It’s the most wonderful time of you year!

Merry Christmas!

Love, Bobby, Heather, Bella, and Sassy Montgomery

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More Sights of the Season

Happy Christmas eve eve! I hope you are home from work and relaxing with your families! I am sitting by the fire, hanging out with Bobby and my dad (mom is at work) and getting ready to play Wii. We have two Christmas parties to go to tonight, one annual one we go to every year across the street, and the alumni Christmas party for my High School. We are going to be a party hoppin’ couple tonight! The next few day’s won’t have a ton of substance as far as blogging, running, the inner workings of my crazy life, because I will be spending time with my family, and I suggest you do the same, so, get off the computer!!! Smile 

Here are a few more pictures from my parents house.

Making Reindeer food

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Bella patiently waiting for Santa

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Christmas cards!

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my dad buys two of these every year!

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I caught you, Santa!

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Bobby finally got his law school diploma and law license framed. (Ignore all the dog toys)

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My mom’s birthday is on Christmas day, so my dad had flowers sent to the house yesterday so she could enjoy them for a few days before her birthday.

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Bobby and I ran three miles this morning. It was a little chilly but beautiful and sunny! Now I have more energy and can eat more at the parties tonight. Haha!

Have a great day everyone! I am so excited for my two favorite days of the year!! Tomorrow we will bake all day, and watch Christmas movies and play Wii, then tomorrow night we will read Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the Christmas story from Luke in the Bible.

QOTD: What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Christmas Rip-Off

 

This morning, Bobby and I went to the grocery store to stock up on all of my baking essentials for my baking extravaganza! I bake a lot for Christmas for my family, and for fun. Since I am not in my own house this year, I had a lot of ingredients to get. While shopping for M & M’s (there were no more red and green ones!) and Snickers for my famous snickers cookies, I realized that the exact same size bag of “Christmas snickers” and “regular non-Christmas snickers” were different prices!!! Are you KIDDING me? The exact same candy but in “Christmas wrapping” is 60 cents more per bag? I don’t know about you but I think this is a rip off and it makes me so sad because that shouldn’t happen on CHRISTMAS, that’s not the reasons for the season!

Maybe I am getting too worked up about this, but it just really really makes me sad. Well, you can bet what I did. I bought the non Christmas kind. I mean, I am unwrapping them and putting them inside of cookies anyway.

I bought a regular bag of M & M’s and will pick out the red and green ones that I need for my candy! I know I can be quirky, nut really, am I the only one that thinks this is a total rip off? because they know people will buy them?

Ok, I feel better now. Smile After the crazy shopping trip, it was time for the Saints game. Bella did NOT want to watch the game with grandpa.

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The Saints fought hard against the Ravens, but being a southern dome team we do not do well in the wind and cold. I think Brees was getting frustrated with the wind changing the ball’s trajectory. Oh well. We will still hopefully be in the playoffs.

Bobby left to go back to work an hour ago, but he will be back Wednesday night and staying through Christmas. Tomorrow I am going to try a short, speedy run and see how I do after yesterday’s run. Have a great night everyone!

 

QOTD: What “rip off” is your biggest pet peeve?