Monday, December 28, 2015

Weekending: Christmas Edition

Happy Monday! I know many are off work this week and the blog world is relatively quiet, but I wanted to recap our Christmas before I forgot! ;) 

After we got home from my parents' house from celebrating Christmas with them and my brother's Baylor graduation {read about that here}, Brandon went to work for two short days, and we took Walker to ICE! at the Gaylord Texan the day before Christmas Eve…when it was 70+ degrees outside. It was a really cool experience, but of course he loved the hotel's giant indoor water fountain the best. #toddlers 

On Christmas Eve, we made reindeer food {or as Walker said, "reindeer poo,"}. I spent the morning cooking a ton of stuff for that evening and the next day, and after that, I didn't want to see the kitchen for the next few days! 

We went to our church's candlelight Christmas Eve service, which was beautiful, as per usual! They even gave the kids little glow sticks, which Brandon and I agreed was a brilliant idea. 

When we got home, we let Walker spread out his "reindeer poo," which lasted about .094 seconds. He just dumped it in one spot. Ha! 

I didn't get a picture of it because we were starving by the time it was ready, but I made my homemade lasagna {recipe here}, Italian green beans, garlic bread and cherry cream pie for dinner. We're thinking this is going to be our little family's tradition! 

After Walker's bath, we set out chocolate chip cookies and milk for Santa; read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and then Brandon and I got to work! 

Walker had been asking Santa for a "PB&J" for weeks, so Santa found this book on Amazon to leave out, along with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, of course! 

I think Walker was a good boy this year! 

I was like a kid on Christmas Eve and could barely sleep, so I was up around 6 a.m. getting breakfast ready, candles and fireplace lit, Christmas tree on and Christmas music on. I was so excited for Walker to see his stuff! 

He was so overwhelmed and excited when he saw all of his toys and didn't know what to play with first. It was so cute!

He couldn't decide which toy to play with, so he played with both!

He loved his new bubble mower!

He loves to help me sweep, so he got a broom and dust pan of his own!

After Walker saw all of his Santa stuff and Brandon and I opened presents, we had breakfast! I made The Pioneer Woman's Baked French Toast and fruit salad, and it was a hit, per usual! 

We lazed around all day, cleaned up/put stuff away and then got dressed to go over to my in-law's for Christmas with them. 

Our little Santa reading his new book 

Walker and his cousin Ellie Kate reading a book with their Mimi

Walker playing his Daddy's piano 

The boys: my brother-in-law, Jeff; my father-in-law; Walker; Brandon; my brother-in-law Todd 

The girls: my sister-in-law, Becca {and the twin girls due any day!}; my mother-in-law; my niece, Ellie Kate; me; and my soon-to-be sister-in-law Nikki 

Our little family…Baby #2 is really making his/her appearance…and much quicker this time around!

Uncle Todd helping Walker open a gift

Walker enjoying a tea cake 

Walker and Ellie Kate coloring 

We came home absolutely exhausted, and Walker slept in super late Saturday morning! We spent Saturday cleaning out and organizing the garage, taking down all of our Christmas d├ęcor except for the tree, organizing the baby's room, cleaning out Walker's closet, and doing a bunch of stuff around the house! That night, the tornado sirens went off and we spent about 10 minutes in our closet, but thankfully we are all okay. However, the devastation that happened about 20 miles away from us is heartbreaking. You can visit the Red Cross website to help these people, if you feel so inclined. 

We went to church Sunday, had a quick bite, went to Buy Buy Baby to get an Ubbi Diaper Pail for Baby #2 {thanks for the suggestion, Aileen!}, and then home to watch football and take naps. 

I hope y'all had a great Christmas and a lovely weekend! We find out Baby #2's gender on Thursday and I'm SO EXCITED I can hardly stand it! :)

Linking up with Biana and Meghan



  1. It looks like you all had a beautiful Christmas! Can't wait to see what your gender reveal is!

  2. What a great family filled weekend! Have a wonderful Monday!!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  3. What a wonderful holiday! I love the idea of the glowsticks and am going to share that with my church.

  4. What a wonderful Christmas! I'm loving Walker's faces with all his toys - I can imagine how excited he was! Love the photo of the 3 of you - so beautiful! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. That nativity scene is gorgeous! I love that you all made him a pb & jelly sandwich to go with his book, how cute! Such great photos and memories!

  6. Such great pictures! I love the candle light Christmas Eve services! They are my favorite.

  7. Ah! Can't wait to find out what baby #2 is! You will tell us right?! haha. Looks like Walker had a great Christmas! Love the PB&J - that is too cute. And cute little bump! Hope you all have a great week!

  8. Looks like y'all had the best Christmas ever! Walker is so cute with all his Christmas activities and playing with his toys. So glad y'all were safe from the tornadoes - can't believe that happened!! Can't wait to find out the baby's gender!!

  9. What a beautiful day! Your bump is sooo cute!

  10. So cute he left at PB&J! Happy to have found your blog!

  11. How precious that you found that book and left out a PBJ!

  12. What a sweet spoiled boy for Christmas…also I love the idea of the baked french toast

  13. The sweetest Christmas - Walker is at such a fun age! I love how you made the PB&J gift work - the cutest! I cannot wait for the gender reveal - what a way to start a new year for you!!

  14. Looks like a great Christmas! I love the pioneer women's french toast! So delicious!! Where in Texas are you living? I live there as well but was visiting the cold north!


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