Can you believe it’s already been 2 weeks since Christmas? I’ve had a lot of fun working on holiday-related posts the past month. In this post, I’m wrapping things up with some of my favorite photos from Christmas eve and Christmas day. I hope you enjoy these photos. 🙂


1. Lauren and Ellie dressed up to visit my in-laws in New York.

Dressed for NYE

2. Photos of the girls spending quality time with their cousins during our visit! I love seeing these kids together!


3. The kids exchanged presents before we returned home. My in-laws got each of the girls a beautiful Frozen-themed necklace (snowflake pendant). Lauren wanted to wear it immediately. 🙂

opening presents

4. Chris’s brother made a tasty Prime Rib. He followed Ina Garten’s recipe (link here) and it came out absolutely delicious!



1. When we returned home that evening, my sister and her family (plus my parents and Chris’s mom) came over to spend Christmas with us. Here are the girls and their cousins sprinkling “reindeer food” on our lawn.

Sprinkling Reindeer food

2. Once the kids went to bed, it was time for Santa (aka Chris) to eat the cookies and drink the milk left by the kids. Santa wrote a lovely note for the kids. 🙂


3. Here’s what the kids woke up to on Christmas morning. Yes, there’s a patio set in my living room! My sister and her husband got this set for the kids from Pottery Barn Kids. We absolutely love it! 🙂 So generous of them.

Christmas Presents Display

4. The kids woke up soooooo early that morning. No surprise there! One of the proudest moments came when Ellie read Santa’s note. Last year, her cousin Austin read Santa’s note in its entirety. This year, Ellie wanted to do the same. She did a great job.


5. Ellie really wanted the Kidizoom watch from V-Tech, one of the Hot Toys of 2014. Well, Santa delivered and made sure Lauren received one too.


6. Of course, I cannot forget the food we ate on Christmas day. All I can say is that we did not have much leftovers! 🙂

Christmas Meal

During dinner, Ellie said, “I wish every day was Christmas.” After the whole day was spent opening presents, putting together Lego sets, and tinkering around with her new watch, Ellie did not say, “because of toys.” Instead, she answered, “I wish every day was Christmas because family is all here. My heart melted a little. Isn’t that the best thing about the holidays? I’m fortunate to have a 6 year old who recognizes that important detail.

What made your recent holiday special? Like this post or have a comment? I’d love to hear from you. With this post wrapped up, I cannot wait to share some of my plans for 2015. Stay tuned and have a lovely weekend! Xoxo, Tee.