Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Celebrations

We had such a great Christmas this year.  Even with losing loved ones and missing them during the holidays we all managed to have a good time and enjoyed being with each other even more.

Christmas Eve we went to my cousin Kourtney's house with my Dad's side of the family.  We ate lots of good food and had fun catching up with each other.

Me and my sister Annalie 
Uncle Robert and my cousin Kristi
My cousin Debbie and her son Brandon and daughter-in-law Karen
My sister Alicia, me and my brother Austin
My cousins and my Aunt Shirley
Cousins Brian and David
My cousin Melody,  her husband Brian and their daughter Brenna
My cousins Lauren and Kami
My cousins mother-in-law visiting from Canada, my sister Annalie and my Grandmother
Cousins Kristi and Kourtney
My cousin Melody and Aunt Mary

Instead of presents this year, we decided to do an auction to raise money for my sister's mission work in Honduras.  Everyone brought items from around their house that they didn't want anymore, but that someone else might and we auctioned them off.  My brother Austin was the auctioneer and we raised over $400!  It was so fun!  We were able to leave with items that we wanted and know that our money was going to a good cause.

Austin actioning off the items
The auction table
All my brothers and sisters spent the night at my parents house on Christmas Eve and woke up Christmas morning to open presents and our stockings!

Waiting to open presents
All the dogs love Austin
All the presents! 
Brothers and Sisters

Dad loves Maddie!
And the dogs love him
I loved all the presents that I got from everyone and it was so fun to give them gifts too!  Here are pictures of the loot!

Scarf from Adam, t-shirt, shoes, and purse from Alicia, candlesticks and gloves from Annalie, jewelry form Mom and Dad
Close-up of the jewelry.  I really wanted rose gold this year and I love it!
Trench coat from Austin and jewelry box from Mom and Dad
Maddie loves her Christmas present too!
And the big present from Mom and Dad...a new elliptical!

 I'm so thankful for all of my presents and I love them so much!  The elliptical machine is awesome and I can't wait to start using it!  My dad, brother Adam and sister Annalie helped me bring it home yesterday and get it setup.  We had to rearrange some furniture in my room, but we were able to get it to fit and setup on the side of my bed in front of the tv.  I'm so excited!  I never thought I would be this excited to workout!  Haha!

For Christmas dinner my Aunt Linda and cousins came over.  We ate dinner and played Texas 42. It was so fun and we had a really great time considering the circumstances.

My cousins Rachelle and Angela and Carson and Roby playing with the iPad
Annalie, Alicia, Aunt Linda, Rusty, and Dad
Rusty letting everyone know that he was the winner and Aunt Linda was the loser at dominoes
Carson showing off his new batman t-shirt and muscles

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and cherished your time with your loved ones!


  1. I'm glad your family was together for the holidays. That is truly a blessing.

  2. Looks like you guys all had a wonderful time. Love the idea of the auction for charity! I love all your gifts especially the watch and elliptical. You and Ronnie have me jealous with your ellipticals!

  3. Sounds like you had a fabulous time and all thoroughly spoiled each other. :oD

  4. What a great Christmas!! Hope you have an equally enjoyable New Years! xo

  5. Looks like a fabulous time!! Glad you had such a fun Christmas!!

  6. Merry Christmas! What a wonderful idea with the auction!

  7. Love the auction idea and how great that you raised $400!! Awesome pictures, looks like a wonderful time of family and fun.

  8. Now that is one hell of a Christmas.....yet no holiday axe....:)

  9. Wow ... what a great Cmas you had ! I love the auction idea - how smart !:) Also loved your sister's boots :)

  10. Great Christmas!!!! You are looking smaller and smaller in every picture. Keep up the hard work!

  11. Wow, you guys really know how to do it up right for Christmas! Looks like a lot of fun. Adopt me please!
    You and your sisters look so much alike it's scary!
    What great and thoughtful presents you got. So nice.

  12. Love it and the puppies! :) Merry Christmas!

  13. Thats great you all did an auction. Definitely jealous of you over the elliptical. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas.

  14. Talk to me about cute brother, Austin. ;) hehe

    Anywho, sounds like a fantastic Christmas. You look so beautiful, Miss Andrea - you're glowing!

    We can definitely shed the pounds together on those ellipticals. I've been using mine every day since getting it, even if for only 15 minutes. Makes a huge difference. :)