Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Our Christmas Eve

I say this every year, but this was seriously my most favorite Christmas ever!  We
absorbed every moment, took time to say all the things you never say, held onto each
other a little tighter.  This year was filled with so much magic, thoughtful expressions of
love.  We were surrounded by people we hold most dear and experienced countless
moments of appreciation.  It was everything I had dreamed it would be and more.
On Christmas Eve, we hosted about 50 members of my family at our home for our
annual holiday party.  We cooked chicken and sausage gumbo, had a Christmas carol
sing along accompanied by the guitar talents of Shawn and my brother, helped the
children make special cards for Santa, and then talked late into the night next to our
outdoor fireplace.  The adults played a super rowdy game of "Dirty Santa" and the kids
all received new pajamas from Santa.  Brees and her other baby cousins had a baby
slumber party in her nursery, tucked away in their fleece footie pajamas and lulled to sleep
by the sounds of their Cajun family.  We danced to our favorite tunes under the twinkly
porch lights and stole a few kisses under the mistletoe.  After our last guests left, Shawn,
my mom, and I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning talking, laughing, cleaning,
and awaiting Santa's arrival.  As we went to bed that night, I laid my head on my
husband's chest, the sound of my baby snoring next to my bed, and whispered prayers
of thanks for all of our blessings.
For they are so many.
And a little video for your holiday viewing pleasure...




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11 comments:

MarieHarmony said...

Sounds like you had an amazing and wonderful Christmas with so many loved ones. Enchanting photos that talk by themselves.

The girls were gorgeous with their dresses, I am sure there are memories there to hold on all year long.
Enjoy and share much love and joy for these last days of 2011. xoxo

deanna@delirious-rhapsody said...

i love brees and isabelle in their dresses! your girls are so pretty. :)

rachel said...

you look so pretty too! fun pictures!

Hilary@BabyMooHoo said...

those photos are gorgeous! you can just feel all the christmas excitement that's on everyone's faces. merry merry!

Renee said...

What an Amazing Christmas!!! Looks like it was just Awesome!!

Shelly said...

Wow, you have a huge extended family! I'm sure that was a lot of fun! Happy New Year 2012!

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Marcela said...

Beautiful Christmas! I love it!

Randalin. said...

These pictures are great! Not only does your family look AMAZING - but it looks like you guys enjoyed a holiday full of babies, family and fun :)

Mallory said...

That sounds like a perfect holiday. Can I join your family?

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

I'm with Mallory...can we be in your family?? LOL Looks like so much fun & such an awesome day. Beautiful family :)

amy@agoodlife said...

wow, what an amazing group! you guys look great... glad you had a good holiday :)