Sunday, December 27, 2009

AND, Another Christmas to Remember


Capturing each moment at my parents for the holidays...




The house is dressed in holiday glam



Christmas Eve always has a buffet of holiday cookies.


We recite Luke 2 and sing carols on the Night before Christmas.
My brother and my Dad play a little "Joy to the World" duet
(in a very cute beginner-y type of way!) ;)


The first gift unwrapped is on Christmas Eve,
and it's always a pair of jammies.
This year a little stuffed animal was tucked into the box as well.

Skyler reads a Christmas story to his brothers
before the LONG night starts
.
(My little boys are just SO darn cute!) :D

My parents have a tradition of
hiding a stuffed animal in the boys' sleeping bags
every Christmas Eve!


An array of shiny packages and bows awaits the morning hours.
The elves arrange them all under the tree upstairs while the boys try to sleep downstairs.










And it's finally Christmas morning!
Titus is searching for a present with his name on it...



Sooo excited!


Santa brought a new electric guitar!



Breaking for a hot breakfast of
homemade sweet rolls
with a candy and gingerbread table.

You can click photo to enlarge.
(and yes, a WHITE Christmas!)


And the table transforms a bit
for Christmas Prime Rib Dinner...


My Mom's whimsical little centerpiece.

Christmas bows are on more than just packages.




Happy Sweet Christmas!

This post is linked to: Blackberry Vine Pretty Packages Party, Tablescape Thursday, It's So Very Cheri, DIY Showoff, Tip Junkie, , Show and Tell
DIY Day, Today's Creative Blog , Works for Me Wednesday

64 comments:

Anonymous said...

the boys look so cute.. titus' hair looks like its getting darker.. or is it just me? i love the view from your moms window when eating.. so pretty! -brandi

Jacky said...

Looks like you all had a very merry Christmas indeed! Your boys are so cute--I love their matching sweaters!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, Lisa!
{ Jacky }

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Beautiful pictures!!! I love how your mom did everything-EVERYTHING!!!
Merry Christmas to you all!

laterg8r said...

what a gorgeous and happy christmas you had :D

The Taffs said...

What a beautiful Christmas! You're boys look so handsome!

Sunshine said...

Oh, Lisa Renee! How happy I am that you are my daughter!!! What fun we had together this holiday season, including our month of all day long shopping Fridays:) Thank you so much for all your behind the scene thoughtful touches that made it all come together just right. Let's see a few would be... all those beautiful cookies you brought for Christmas Eve, helping seemingly everyone with their shopping, our Christmas Eve gift of Sees's candy, making the traditional Family Favorite potatoes, and yes the homemade sweet rolls for breakfast,and of course those delightfully cute bows you tied on our Christmas dinner napkins and silverware. Your joy, energy, and thoughtful ways, make me smile. Love you so much!!! Mom

peace.love.applesauce said...

Beautiful photos! And your view is amazing!

Nancy said...

Glad you had a Merry Christmas! Your boys are so cute! And it's beautiful where your parents live!

Jennifer Poppy said...

What a beautiful white Christmas you shared. Your boys look like angels...so beautiful, too!

Design A-Peele said...

What GREAT pictures! You are such a good mom. Way to be prepared!

Michelle said...

Looks like a wonderful holiday!! What beautiful pictures!!!

Kathleen Grace said...

It looks like a very happy family Christmas:>) Your boys are so cute! I'm sure they will remember these Christmases forever!

portatoredichrist said...

This truly was a perfect Christmas. I cant think of anything that could have made it better. Perfect company: check. Perfect food: check. Perfect place: check. I hope this is exactly what Christmas is like in heaven.

Its So Very Cheri said...

Your boys are so adorable. They all look alike and have such blond hair. Mine was white when I was little. It looks like you had a wonderful day.
Cheri

Ramsey Revell said...

What a beautiful view!!! I'm loving the snow here in North Carolina because we have nothing like it in Florida. Glad you guys had a merry Christmas!
Ramsey

Jane said...

What beautiful photos of your day! Your mom's home is so inviting. (I loved reading her comments...and Chris's comments...so much love there!)The view through the windows is gorgeous...so different from my yard filled with palms and other tropical plants.

Thank you for giving us a peek into your family traditions.
Hugs to all,
Jane (artfully graced)

ps Did I see "Too-Loose the Chocolate Moose" in those darling little boys' arms? :-)

DesignTies said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas :-) I remember how hard it was to sleep the night before Christmas!!

Best wishes to you for 2010 :-)

Kelly

Melissa Miller said...

Lisa have I told you how gorgeous your little boys are? They are just so beyond precious!!! You are a blessed family indeed my friend.

What a beautiful Christmas setting. I just adore the mountains and scenery. Sigh...:)

Thank you for your sweet visit today and for asking about my healthy eating plan. It is going FANTASTIC!!! I have lost 35 pounds as of today and I am just thrilled ith that! I have about 8 more to go to call it my goal. My B/P is so low now as well. I head back the doctor in January so I will see if they take me off the B/P meds then. I'll post an update on my blog at my 4 month mark coming up. I'm feeling much better these days too! We actually walked 4 miles last night. I never would have thought I could do that. My legs felt like they were falling off. He!

Many Blessings & Happy New Year!
~Warmly, ~Melissa :)

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Your boys are so cute...love how your parents hide teddy bears in the sleeping bag...what a cute idea.

Your cool friend Cheryl said...

What fun traditions! Merry Christmas!

Kelly @ The Miller Mix said...

Gorgeous. I love the view from the table - so breathtaking! Looks like your family had an amazing Christmas.

Carli@Fearfully&WonderfullyMade said...

Your photos are enchanting!!!! I wish I had the patience to take such care in gift wrapping and I'm totally missing the snow after seeing that pic! Thanks for sharing!

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Everything looks just beautiful!!

Adventure Mom Janna said...

So much beauty...both people and things.

I love the snow background!

Robin said...

Very cute boys!!! Love the table centerpiece; it's so simple but still just enough. :-)

gina said...

GORGEOUS home, BREATHTAKING view, FESTIVE decorations, and a house full of LOVE and LAUGHTER and SHARING MOMENTS TOGETHER- what a perfect Christmas!!

Jenny said...

What a beautiful Christmas. I love all your Mom's traditions. I can see where you get some of your creative flair from Lisa! Thanks for letting us come along. It was a beautiful holiday!

Tracey said...

It all looks just magical Lisa!!! And you always set the most beautiful tablescape!!! I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas!

Your kiddos are darn cute :)

Blessings for a happy new year to come!

:) T

Tanya said...

What a beautiful Christmas. Everything looks just perfect. Great memories you're creating for your family. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog.

Tracey said...

I just saw your comment on my blog...yes the clock faces in the frame are from my house! Thanks for your sweet comment :)

:) T

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gorgeous! And what precious family photos, Lisa. Loved seeing this...

XO,

Sheila :-)

pk @ Room Remix said...

Love the traditions, the beautiful decorations, and your boys are adorable! Glad to hear that you had a good Christmas. Enjoy your week...

sweetjeanette said...

Homemade sweetrolls? HOMEMADE???? What time should we be there next year?!? LOL I love it that you take the time to make the "outside" of the gift so beautiful! It's all so gorgeous, and how precious.... the sleeping bags all lined up!

sweetjeanette.blogspot.com

Bonita said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've enjoyed visiting yours as well. You have some awesome pictures and cute kids. All the Christmas cookies and goodies make me hungry and that view from the windows around the table is breathtaking! I love Colorado anyway, but that's incredible.

I had to laugh when I read that you're 27 and want to be younger. I have nearly 19 years on you and I'd like to be 27!

Fabulous Finds Gal said...

Oh my... your boys are so darn adorable. Love your decorations and am beyond envious of your view and snow!! Sitting in So. Cal at the beach, but wishing for snow right now for my boy!

xo,
Christina
Fabulous Finds Gal

Carly said...

Lisa, your boys are adorable! And your home is beautifully decorated. Thanks for stopping by my blog - it's always a pleasure to "meet" and welcome new visitors.

Blessings!

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

I love the decorations! What a table setting! And THAT VIEW! Amazing!

Julie From Inmates said...

OH MY WORD your kiddos (in their striped sweaters and matching pajamas) are adorable!!! And the house looks wonderful and those packages are all so elegantly decorated!!! I wouldn't want to open them because they are so pretty! It makes me miss Christmas, as my stuff was taken down and packed away two days ago!!!

Amanda said...

Absolutely ADORABLE pictures!!!!

How are you???? I've been the world's worst blog hopper lately, but things are winding down and I'm getting back in the game!

Your blog is looking absolutely adorable!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Looks like a truly magical Christmas!! I love the sleigh above the kitchen cabinets, what a great touch! The wrapping and bows on the presents is amazing. A lot of love went into that! The boys looks so adorable, ahem I mean handsome, in their matching sweaters!!!
Have a wonderful New Years!!!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Oh my goodness. I just read the comment left by your mom and not only do we share the same first name, we share the same middle name too! Except mine is spelled the boys way (Rene'). I don't know if your mom's "real" name is Sunshine or that is just a nickname, but we called my sister Sunshine all through childhood. Isn't this wild! We have so much in common. We really have to meet someday!!

Kristin said...

I love love love the stuffie in the sleeping bag idea. SO sweet. And those views out your window. WOW!

Michelle said...

I love that first picture of your boys, so adorable!

Michelle said...

and White Christmas in Colorado, that rarely happens, how nice!

Michelle said...

WOW. THAT is a picture perfect christmas!

Kelly said...

What an amazing Christmas you have had. I love the tradition and the fun and your packages! We are similar in thinking and your blog makes me smile. ~Kelly

http://deniablydomestic.blogspot.com/2009/07/giving-hugs-part-1-of-6.html

Dragonfly Treasure said...

OMG! everything is so beautiful!! You're boys are dolls!
Thanks for stopping by, glad you like the images!
Enjoy!
*hugs*deb

Miller Racing Family said...

What awesome photos. I love the first and last photo of the boys. The photos looking at the snow cap mountains were so beautiful. How did you open such beautiful packages. We had a great Christmas and I hoping to post photos later this week. Have a great New Years!

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Sarah said...

Adorable young men! Glad you had a Christmas full of joy! Happy New Year! ~ Sarah

Dining Delight said...

Looks like a fun family Christmas! Its a wonder you had time to set a beautiful table like you did! Love the way you tied up the napkins, so pretty!
Your Mom's comment sounds just like what my Mom would say about me - aren't moms great?!
Happy 2010!
DD

Clueless_Mama said...

Looks like it was a picture perfect holiday for you and your family. I see where you get your talent from now. You are right about your boys, they are all three just precious!! That says a lot about you mom:)

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Such a beautiful and blessed Christmas for you and your family! Happy New Year!!!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Looks like a wonderful family Christmas -- your boys are adorable -- Pretty Christmas table as well. Happy new year's.

Jeanette said...

It looks like everyone had a festive joyous holiday! Happy New Year.

Katie@Yoga Gal said...

Wow! Everything is just lovely! (And I love that white Christmas tree, I have been thinking about getting one for the dining room for next year, don't tell my husband! :D) Happy New Year and thank you for stopping by this week!

Iva said...

looks like a super and loving Christmas!!

Happy New Year Lisa!!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Those are adorable photos! Looks like you all had a very merry Christmas!

Happy New Year to you and your sweet family!

Manuela

Becca @ Blue Cricket Design said...

I love your table!!!What a beautiful post on the things you hope to remember!

Pearl Maple said...

Fabulous photos of your family's Christmas and all the little tradditions that make it special. Couldn't help but notice the wonderful view out your windows, how very lucky you are to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

Leanne said...

Lisa, Your family is so cute. It looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year with many happy times together. I can't wait to see all the fun projects you're going to do this year. Thanks about the chalkboards. I got the pieces from Hobby Lobby for .75 cents and used chalkboard spray paint on them. I love them too. Sometimes the best things are the cheapest. Happy New Year!

Denise Marie said...

glad you tagged in and showed off your gift wrap skills! I need to use ribbons way more. I hoard it and don't use it. lol

Jami said...

Christmas is August! Love your packages! I especially like that tisel ribbon you used! Thanks for sharing at the Pretty Packages Party!
smiles!

Something Special said...

Oh, I love Christmas so much! I just hosted a Christmas in July swap and we had so much fun doing it. Come say hi over to my blog, and see what fun Christmas goodies are there. Looks like you have so many wonderful family traditions!