Christmas 2011

Christmas was busy this year, as to be expected.  Lots of rushing around days before to prepare. We were excited for Parker since he has a bit more of an understanding this year than last.  We told him the true reason for the season, and read him a few books that talked about the birth of Jesus, something that is of deep importance to us.  We were also excited because it was Mason’s first Christmas, which is exciting in itself.

We had plans to have my Mom and sister Amanda over for Christmas Eve, and I had prepared a dinner with Turkey-loin in the crock pot, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc.  However, that got semi-derailed by my step-father.  Family is so important to me, and it means so much to be able to see family on the holidays.  Because of a tiff that Dan and Mark got into earlier in the year, he was saying that he wasn’t going to allow Amanda to come over.  Normally, this wouldn’t have stopped my Mom from just bringing her over anyways since he does this type of thing quite often, but Amanda was also invited to a horse show, Cavalia, by a friend of hers, which complicated things further.  She being the fourteen-year-old that she is (only wanting to hang out with friends) decided to fight to go to the horse show, instead.  So, it put me in a big funk, and it left me feeling really upset and with BIG hurt feelings.  Whoa is me, right?  Ugh, I was just really looking forward to having a Christmas-ie family time and opening gifts.  They’re the closest extended family I have, and it’s a tradition to do Christmas Eve over here!

I tried to move past it, and Mom ended up coming over by herself and we went to the Christmas Eve service at church.  It was good, but didn’t seem to have that special spark of years past.  We went home, opened a few presents with Mom, and then in a rush went to my Aunt Angie’s house who lives in Tucker (about 30 mins away).  It was nice to see the family, but the boys were SO tired.  Parker had just gotten over being sick a few days prior, and Mason was on his usual schedule and we were up WAY past his bedtime.  So, he cried most the night, and I’m sure annoyed all my family members.  Ahh… the season of our life right now. I left feeling a little bah humbug.  It was still nice seeing everyone, though.  It was totally worth the visit, but exhausting to say the least.  At least the boys were dressed to impress.  Those boys were stinkin’ cute as could be.  From suspenders to matching pa-jam, jams!

Christmas Eve at Stonecreek

The Ashbys 2011

Mason's First Christmas and looking quite handsome

Opening presents with Aunt Jessica

Christmas morning we spent at home as a family, just the four of us.  I had cooked this breakfast casserole, but it turned out a bit overcooked, so we cooked some pancakes too, and just kept it a low-key morning.  I was slowly getting out of my funk, and was determined to just enjoy the time with the family.  It was after all, Mason’s first Christmas.  After breakfast, Parker started to wander over towards the tree, and noticed his first gift.  A large car garage for his matchbox cars.  He loved it!  So much so, that we had to get him interested in opening other gifts because he was completely content playing with that one.

Mason had a great time for his first Christmas.  He loved his activity table and a few other toys we got him.  The wrapping paper was a big hit, too!  In addition to the large garage for Parker’s cars, he got some frog rain boots that he loves, and lots of potty related things to help encourage him for potty training that we were starting the next day.  All were a big hit!

After a few very nice presents from Dan, including a beautiful butterfly ring and some nice new running shoes, Dan asked me to look behind one of the pillows on our settee, and he hid a brand new Cannon T3i camera!  I was shocked because it was totally unexpected.  We usually talk about our big purchases, but he kept this one a secret by using his Hilton points to get gift cards to Best Buy.  What a very sweet husband I have!  My old one was great, but the only thing that I mentioned would be nice, would be for it to be able to do  HD video.  It can be a bit of a pain using a video camera as well as a chunky DSLR camera during special events or vacations, switching between them both.  I’m IN LOVE with it!  I also got a 50mm lens that I love, and have already had a great time using with family in town.

The rest of Christmas day was pretty relaxing.  We have a little tradition to go up to Xian China Bistro on Christmas day, so we enjoyed doing that, and so did the boys.  It was pretty empty for the first half hour or so, which was nice since we aren’t exactly the most quiet family with the kiddos.  We enjoyed the remainder of the day being lazy and lounging around.  We were invited up to my grandparent’s farm in Lake Hartwell, but we opted to skip that this year since the boys are so young, and don’t do well traveling, and sleeping over. Plus, we just wanted to do our own thing for Christmas.  We had been anticipating the boys opening their gifts for a while, so we didn’t want to rush them and take on a two hour car ride without naps and their new gifts.  I’m sure as they get older, it’ll be easier to share Christmas day, but for now, I’m enjoying having our family time with just the four of us.  Christmas did make me want to have a larger family.  It totally gave me baby fever!  How awesome would it be to have a big family to share such a happy holiday with? More to love, more to share, more fun experiences!

It ended up being a great Christmas, even though Christmas Eve didn’t go as planned.  Ultimately, even though things don’t always go as planned, I am so thankful for the time I do get to spend with my family, the health of each of us, and the life that God has given me.  We are so blessed!

I got to take my camera for a bit of a test run, and took some video too.

One thought on “Christmas 2011

  1. I am in love with how adorable the boys looked with the bow ties and suspenders!!! Great purchase. Sounds like you guys had a wonderful holiday.


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