we had a wonderful christmas with friends and family! we hosted christmas at our house which was really nice. mv doesn't really get it yet but she loved all the attention and toys! :)
family christmas pic
Friday we went to Athens to see Daddy's family
Mary Van's first photo with Santa at daycare
we hosted a christmas party in early december. this outside fireplace burned all night!
the bar (more from our party later)
we went to atlanta the next weekend for megan and adi's christmas party
we were able to get together with mom's family on sunday. such fun!
brad with adi's friend, corey. loudmouth golf pants!
brother and sister
back to our party/house decor
i decided to decorate most of the house with natural decor and did the traditional red/green in the foyer and dining room. these vases are from our wedding and i just fill them with greenery, small gold ornaments, pine cones and i added cinnamon this year.
breakfast table and tree
dining room sideboard ready for dessert
dining room table
those are smores cookies that jason brought. and, yes, they are as good as they sound!
another view of the dining room
i have seven of these little guys. they are the dwarfs but were painted to be elves!
foyer tree and garland
great room mantle
little lenox nativity on built-in. i need to get more pieces. i love how the blue accents match those bowls!
great room bar
(i took some of these just to document how clean the house was. ha.)
close-up of mantle
love seeing everyone's sweet families!
i wasn't sure where to hang these this year but this worked well
megan and adi at their party
ho ho ho
mema and uncle jeff
mema with her great granddaughter
mv in her cute hat in her desk
and in pap's hat!
all these are mine?!
she loves anything that makes noise. yay us!
practicing her walking
our favorite present under the tree
and some of the pictures from her christmas photo session. i bet daddy and i took 1000 pictures of her. ha.
this was the day before thanksgiving in their yard.
with a toy that sela and damir got her last year. she loves it and dances when it sings!
her christmas outfit
man, these are all out of order. nye at the bowen's with the collins' and harison's
boys dancing to something. bruno mars i believe.
happy new year!
i love these ornaments! i had forgotten that i bought them a few years ago (we didn't do much decorating last year!) and they are perfect for my natural tree.
spread for the party
crostini with a spread of goat/cream cheese with honey, walnuts and apples; topped with prosciutto
i just creamed the cheese together then added diced apples, walnuts and honey. this was spread on the crostini you can buy at fresh market and then topped with prosciutto pieces. delicious!!
meatballs were a big hit!
i am not a fan but this is the grape jelly and chili sauce recipe. mix together one jar of grape jelly and one jar of chili sauce. mix together over heat until the jelly dissolves. add frozen meatballs (about 60-70) and cook for a few hours. make sure to stir frequently so the sauces don't burn!
this is a yummy punch that i love this time of year! it is two cups of cranberry juice, two cups of (cloudy) apple juice and one cup of vodka. blend this briefly to aerate. pour into bowl and then add two cups ginger ale and frozen cranberries to garnish. i sometimes skip the blending and just mix it all together!
salmon spread piped into hollowed out cucumber cups
i was going to make my own spread (cream cheese, smoked salmon and dill) but went the easy route and bought it from fresh market. :)
these things were amazing! shrimp and chorizo skewers
with megan, mel and gail
i couldn't find a place for my cinnamon wreath in the new house so i put it around this bowl of potpourri
i love this sleigh i found a few years ago at michael's or hobby lobby. i just added some pine cones and berry garland
my little snowbaby village
mantle with stockings. megan got us ours when we got married and i was able to find them to get mv's. horchow.com
brad was so excited to get a big tree this year! we went with a 10 footer and it was beautiful. imho. ;)
wreath on door from garage. mama made this years ago and it has held up pretty well.
uncle adi and mv
uncle adi, mv, daddy and her mv cookies
brad also made a david hasselhoff cookie that had gangrene or something....
our christmas card with our sweet girl
as usual, we decorated sugar cookies with megan and adi. we had some psychedelic ones!
brad's reverse john deere guy, santa and a bleeding heart
party hostesses - mel, jami, liza and suzie
front porch. need more garland for next year!
mv and her loot
toys, books and clothes
most of this came from bb and pap! she was later spoiled by the shingler and filipovic familes too!!
oh, and videos of mv playing!
hope you all had a wonderful christmas. we sure did!