Thursday, January 9, 2014

Christmas Eve 2013

Since we are nine days into the new year, I thought I'd better get our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day pictures up!

After we had our Christmas here in New Jersey, we drove down to my parents house on Monday evening.

It was late when we got there, but we didn't want to spend a big chunk of time driving on Christmas Eve so we decided it was best to head down Monday.

Londyn Grace slept most of the trip so she was so excited to see Mimi and Pop Pop when we arrived. We let her stay up for a few minutes of visiting before getting her settled down again for sleep.

Tuesday morning, Daniel used my Daddy's garage to get the oil changed in the van. I bathed LG and got her dressed in another sweet SugarPig skirt and her monogrammed shirt and spent some time snapping pictures of her preciousness!

Around 2:00, my sister and brother in law arrived as well as my cousin, Tammy. We had our Christmas Eve meal early since my parent's church had a service at 5:00.

We had steamed shrimp, ham, corn, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and a few other yummy sides.

Londyn Grace sat in one of my mom's vintage highchairs to eat!

It was our first family meal at the table that my Daddy had built for my Mama as their 30th anniversary present. The legs are made from the porch posts from the house he grew up in! The table is Amish built, but he spent several hours staining it and putting the finishing touches on it! It turned out beautifully!

After dinner, we finished getting ready and went to the Christmas Eve service.

We got to see my Granny (Dad's mom) and some of our other extended family!

It was a beautiful service and the perfect way to spend the evening, focusing on the true meaning of Christmas.

How different our lives (and especially our eternity!) would be if Jesus didn't come as a baby two thousand years ago!

Following the service, my aunt took a family picture of my parents, my sister and brother in law and of the three of us!

It worked out that we were all coordinating in our holiday attire so it was the perfect opportunity for a picture!

Then we all went back to exchange gifts at the house.

Daddy began by reading the Christmas story from Luke 2.

It took as awhile to open everything! 

Londyn Grace was spoiled loved like usual. 

You've already seen pictures of her kitchen set my parents built. She got lots of other toys and my parents redid my childhood toybox for her, as well.
 It was so much fun watching her interact this year. Last year, she was still so small and didn't really know what was going on around her!

While we were opening presents, we had a special present for Londyn Grace to open with Mimi and Pop Pop's help! We were excited to finally spill the beans about baby number two!

It was killing me to wait all day to share our news, but we wanted all of the family to be together so it was worth waiting!

We got their reactions on video, too!

It was such a sweet evening with our sweet family celebrating the birth of our Savior and sharing our news about the upcoming birth of our next baby!

After, we finished opening gifts, we loaded up to head to Daniel's parents house!

Having lots of family living close to each other makes for a busy but very blessed Christmas!


  1. Aww I still can't believe you're having another sweet little baby :) I'm glad you had a good Christmas! I wanted to reply to your last comment on my birthday post. I'm actually 23. That post popped up from 2 years ago lol. Not sure why! So we aren't as far apart in age as you thought ;)

  2. Hey Sara!
    I'm so glad you found my blog and commented! I'm following along with your blog now! :) First of all, I have to say that I am a Pyrex collector so the first thing I noticed in your Christmas picture was all the Pyrex being used for your Christmas Eve dinner! Love it! ;) Also, congratulations on your pregnancy! That's so exciting! I absolutely love the way you dress your daughter - especially the smocked dresses you found for her. I have such a hard time finding them up here in CT because it's not as popular to see girls wearing them as it might be down south. Do you have an etsy shop you use, or a favorite ebay seller? I'd love if you could share some help on finding them! Have a great day! :)