What a Christmas!

December 28, 2008 at 8:45 PM (Family, Food, Friends, Holidays, Travel)

We are happy to report that we arrived safely in Atlanta tonight after our whirlwind tour of SC and NC.  Our trip began on Christmas Eve.  We drove to Ben’s parent’s house and arrived pretty early in the day.  We spent the first part of the day with Jazia (niece), Darius (nephew), and Marsha (Ben’s sister).  We helped the kids make a gingerbread tree centerpiece for the dining room table.  That evening, we had a wonderful dinner with Ben’s family and waited for the kids to fall asleep so we could play Santa.  We collapsed around midnight.

Bright and early the next morning (Christmas), Darius woke up energized and ready to see what Santa delivered.  Jazia, on the other hand, took some coaxing.  She’s only 3 so it appears that sleep and grumpiness outweigh Santa for the time being.  After the kids were fully wound up, they opened lots and lots of gifts.  The adults opened gifts next.  We were delighted to receive several practical gifts including a smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, a blanket, sheets, gas gauge for our grill, and landscaping books.  We also received some really fun gifts like Godiva chocolates and Settlers of Catan.  We absolutely love everything and are very grateful for the extremely thoughtful and useful gifts.  Later that afternoon, we enjoyed a yummy Christmas dinner with Ben’s family.

Early Christmas evening, we headed to spend the night with our friends Blair and Jamie.  We chatted with them for a while then went to bed.  On the 26th, we spent a few hours with my mom in the morning and then headed to High Point, NC for our annual Close Friends in Smiles but Not in Miles Christmas Bash.  This is the 6th year that my 5 closest friends (and their significant others)  have gotten together on the 26th.  We always have a great time and never want to part ways.  Time flies way too fast!  We also exchange gifts every year.  Every year we choose a theme for the following Christmas get together.  Last year we decided that everyone would have the theme of art combined with a mystery theme that we picked from a cup.  For example, my theme this year was tacky art.  The theme of “tacky” was the mystery theme.  Ben and I decided to make art using Post-It notes (tacky = sticky = Post-It notes; get it?).  All of our friends did an amazing job incorporating their themes.  We received some really awesome gifts including a personalized wedding ornament and note pads (thanks Heather!), a chili pepper sun catcher for our kitchen (thanks Blair!), a personalized photo mug (thanks Kristen!), coasters (thanks Kristen and Hannah!), and a framed Ireland photo (thanks Donna!).  After the get together, we headed back to Blair and Jamie’s house for the evening and talked until bedtime.

On the 27th, we headed to my mom’s house.  We spent the morning talking and laughing with her.  My brother, Robert, and sister-in-law, Angela, came over that afternoon.  We ate sushi for lunch and went shopping for a bit.  We then went bowling and played some arcade games.  That evening, we headed to Blair and Jamie’s house again.  Today, we ate breakfast with Blair and Jamie and drove back to Atlanta.

We had an amazing time these past few days and are sad that our trip is over. 😦  Thanks to our friends and families for an amazing time and delightful company.  To those of our friends and family that we didn’t get to see this holiday season, we miss you tons!!

We hope you enjoy the photos below!  We will probably post some more over the next few days.

– Stephanie

Uncle Ben devorating the gingerbread tree with Darius and Jazia.

Uncle Ben decorating the gingerbread tree with Darius and Jazia.

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Darius wrapped his old toys as gifts to us. Very cute. Check out the wrapping job. 🙂

Uncle Ben and Darius.

Uncle Ben and Darius.

Table centerpiece made by Darius and Jazia.

Table centerpiece made by Darius and Jazia.

(Soon-to-be) Aunt Stephanie hanging out with Darius and Jazia.

(Soon-to-be) Aunt Stephanie hanging out with Darius and Jazia.

The view out the front door on Christmas morning.  Gorgeous!

The view out the front door on Christmas morning. Gorgeous!

Darius super excited on Christmas morning.

Darius super excited on Christmas morning.

Jazia super sleepy on Christmas morning.

Jazia super sleepy on Christmas morning.

More sleepy Jazia on Christmas morning.

More sleepy Jazia on Christmas morning.

Darius couldn't wait to open gifts!

Darius couldn't wait to open gifts!

Marsha helping Jazia try on her new butterfly wings.

Marsha helping Jazia try on her new butterfly wings.

Jazia surrounded by toys.

Jazia surrounded by toys.

Ben's parents (Betty and Richard) opening their gifts.

Ben's parents (Betty and Richard) opening their gifts.

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Ben and his dad hugging in the kitchen. 🙂

Pretty Jazia posing for the camera.

Pretty Jazia posing for the camera.

Stephanie's mom hanging out outside.

Stephanie's mom hanging out outside.

Stephanie's brother (Robert) and sister-in-law (Angela).

Stephanie's brother (Robert) and sister-in-law (Angela).

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2 Comments

  1. Kenna said,

    I really loved looking at the photos of your trip! I’m sorry we couldn’t meet up, but it sounds like you guys were very busy! I hope we can see each other again soon!

  2. Aubre said,

    I love the Christmas pics! The view out the door on Christmas morning is beautiful, like a postcard or poster. Thanks for the tips on Frontline! I wish you and Ben a very happy New Year! Tell me again, when is your wedding? Also, I need your home address 🙂 I am blessed to start the New Year with you as a friend.

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