The craziness that is Christmas is now behind us. I woke up feeling like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders today. Don't get me wrong, Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it seems that the older you get the more stressful it also gets. To add to the stress Sam and I also had a wedding to go to on Saturday for my beautiful friend Tina. The wedding was gorgeous but, being just three days before Christmas, I couldn't help but think there were a million things I still needed to be getting done. We had a great time though and I love any excuse to get dressed up.
Danica let me borrow this gorgeous dress for the wedding and I got SO many compliments on it. Thanks again D!
We clean up nicely ;)
After the wedding we ran over to Danica's house for the tail-end of her Ugly Sweater Holiday party and, of course, I forgot to snap any photos. It was fun though.
Sunday was mostly spent finishing up all of our Christmas gifts and wrapping and tying up any loose ends.
Monday I went into work and had a taco guy coming to surprise all the guys with a nice catered lunch after all, they WERE working on Christmas Eve. Then it was time to hit the road! Sam and I got in the car and made the drive out to Hemet where his grandparents live. I couldn't help but snap a photo of the coffee mug I used. I thought that he was cute now, but i daresay he might have been even cuter as a little one. :)
I made a couple of yarn wreaths for his family this year. One was in the University of Alabama colors for his Crimson Tide loving grandparents.
And one was in cardinal and gold for his aunt and uncle who are big USC fans (and their daughter goes there).
And, of course, I had made another batch of toffee.
We had a great time visiting with his dads side of the family.
And then Tuesday, was Christmas! Sam showed up to my house and we were pretty much matching, like family photos at JC Penny kind of matching. We were both wearing black collared shirts. This is the best photo I have of it but you cant really tell. I couldn't stop laughing though.
We started the morning off with breakfast at his moms which was nice. Then it was time for the wildness of my uncles. They have two small kids and its fun to see them bouncing from gift to gift, so overwhelmed to focus on just one thing for too long.
My cousin Cade got this Darth Maul mask that was probably the freakiest thing I had ever seen and to top it off, it had a button on one of the horns (that you can see him pushing) that made it talk. It was beyond creepy.
They also have two small Chihuahua's which, I generally don't like, but theirs are so friendly and sweet, even Sam liked them. The little one Trixie kept cuddling up with him. Sam thought it was hilarious how she would wrap her little legs around his arm when he would pick her up. Haha. So cute.
And finally, to end the day, we headed to Huntington Harbour, to my parents house. It was a great time and to top it all of there was a beautiful sunset.
All in all it was quite a successful Christmas but I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little happy that it is finally all over. We do, however, have one more day of celebration this Saturday down in Oceanside with my grandparents. Christmas down there is always a lot more mellow and relaxed and I'm actually really looking forward to it. Hopefully Sam is able to sneak out of work at a reasonable time and come along.
And hopefully I think to take some photos, I've gotten so bad at that lately. I just snap a bunch of random ones on my phone. I don't think that I have one actually full length photo of Sam and I, EVER! Haha. Fingers crossed I remember to get one this weekend.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas filled with lots of family, joy and laughter.