Christmas Eve 2011

Tonight I hosted my first Christmas Eve dinner.

It was last minute, but thankfully my sis Kristen saved my buns. She loaned me the chargers, dishes and table cloth.

The white center bowl is actually repurposed! I found it in the garage, it belonged to my Grandma. It was an unattractive color of cream with gold. I repainted it white this morning and am so incredibly happy with how it turned out. I love the detail on the outside of it. I will get so much use out of it.

I dropped some cute little ball ornaments from the Dollar Tree in and topped it with some cranberry sprigs and cinnamon scented pine cones. I got the cute center place mat at Walmart.

My mom, Ron, Derek and Grandma came over and enjoyed my now famous my taco soup with fresh wheat rolls. We drank some champagne and had a wonderful visit.

Our tradition has always been to do Christmas on Christmas in my mom’s family, so after dinner it was present time!

Enjoy the Christmas season, my readers!

Christmas gift for the nephews!

As Christmas is nearing, I am preparing a package of presents to send to my sweet nephews. Adrian is 6 and little Wyatt is 2. They are the children of my step-brother and his wife and they live several hours a way. I see them a couple of times a year and absolutely adore them.

They are so smart and funny and well-behaved, not to mention gorgeous! Not that I am biased or anything…ugh! Wyatt’s curls are to die for!

This Christmas season I will be sharing a few gifts that I have personalized for them. My favorite, though, is the one I am going to share with you now.

One of the things I enjoy the most when they come to visit, and I believe they do as well, is reading to them. I have always enjoyed reading to kids, but it is so much more special when it is family! While doing my grocery shopping this evening I happened to notice an endcap that had recordable books.

I am going to record “A Charlie Brown Christmas” this week and send it in the Christmas box. I hope they enjoy it. I know I am so happy to send it to them, since I can’t be there to read to them, but they will have this gift from Auntie, to listen to my voice whenever they like.

I grew up with my Auntie living in Texas, very far away from me. Every Christmas she and my Uncle sent a box out to us and it was so exciting to see what she had picked out for me. Houston was always a step-ahead in fashion, so she kept me very stylish! One of my Christmas memories.

What was the most memorable you gift you received as a child?

P.S. Linking up at all my favorite party place listed on my link party page, as well as a new place to kick up my heels —The Stewart Estate!

Pretentious children

I will be the first one to admit I was a pretentious child. My poor parents. It came from me being an only child and grandchild for 12 years, as well as the only niece.

One Christmas when I was 6 or so, my dad got my mother and I track suits. I, apparently, hated my track suit. With a passion.

Notice my mom’s smile? It was the you had better smile and say thank you or I will beat you senseless smile! (Just kidding, she didn’t beat me. Often. ;o) )

The next day, lo and behold, look at what I am rocking!

And surprise surprise, the following Christmas, what am I wearing??

So this track suit went from being the bane of my existence to apparently my most favorite thing ever.

Do you remember an item of clothing you got that you thought you hated, but it quickly became your clothing staple?

(Dude, what is up with uuuuugly brown couches?!!)