Monday, December 30, 2013

Final Christmas Wrap Up!

Let's start with Monday the 23rd.  We went to family dinner that night at Jenni and Frank's house.  I talk about how pretty their home is every year.  It's on the water and simply stunning.  Frank made the best crab balls for appetizer.  Kevin doesn't get those in Carolina! ;)

 Look at her caroler collection.  She had more of them on her mantle.

We do a gift exchange and we ended up with an Amazon card this year!

Our every year picture in the same spot.  Kevin got added to it this year.  It was really fun having him home for Christmas.  We've never spent one together while dating or engaged.  We just always felt it was right to be with our own families until we were married.

Our lil family!  We love our Mills!

Mills and the Polar Express Train didn't get along well.  It was so funny!  He went nuts over it!

Christmas Eve consisted of doing errands, making the luminaries, visiting with all of the neighborhood and going to church for the 10:30pm service.  

Christmas Day!  Santa came!

Bow tie boys!

Santa left something for Mills in a bag that had a picture of him as a baby! 

Kevin's big highlights were a hedge trimmer for our yard and a new pair of sunglasses among a gazillion other things.  He got spoiled!

My parents gave us a side table for our living room and a framed print from our wedding.  I'll have to show you all pictures of these soon....they're both stunning.  Kevin gave me a new pair of Lilly Travel pants and a gorgeous inch pearl inch pearl necklace.  Sadly or maybe not so sad, I already have one so it went back.  We are going to do something for the house instead.  I really don't NEED anything.

Every year we have the breakfast casserole and a cinnamon bun for Christmas breakfast.  Dad made bloody mary's this year too!

Mills getting talked to by Nannie!

More gifts for Millsy!

Christmas night we went to an old family friend's of my parents.  We went there last year too.  This year Joe's fiance, Taylor was there which was super fun to get to know her better!  They get married in June!

They view of the Wicomico River from her house is gorgeous!

She served beef wellington, twice baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots and the most amazing sweet potato pie with a marshmallow meringue.  We enjoyed the fire outside after dinner.  I think I was caught half looking down so that's why my eyes look so odd.  Not because of bourbon slushes! 

We left Maryland on Thursday the 26th and headed back south.  We rented a Yukon for the week and it made life a lot easier on everyone.  Our cars just aren't big enough for the three of us with Mill's condo and gifts etc.  We are thinking about getting a Yukon or Tahoe so this was good for Kevin to drive it.  (I rent them for work all the time)

I have such a fun story to tell you all about of what happened on the way home.  Some of you already know from Instagram.  I still want to post about it because I want it in my "diary!"  Stay tuned!

Friday we got settled back in and I worked.  We had Kevin's parent's over for dinner on Saturday night.  This was after HOURS like six hours of yard work.  Kevin and I worked our lil tails off on Saturday.  We were sore yesterday!  AKA if I never see another tree again, I'll be fine with that.  I hate leaves.

Kendall came over too and played with Mills.  He just layed there and watched her load up his couch with his toys.  He's so good.

We love the new golden retriever pillow we got in Maryland.  The pooch has Christmas lights wrapped around it but I will still keep it out through January.  It's too cute to put away yet.  Speaking of which, our house got completely de-Christmas'ed on Friday.  It was time.

After dinner, Kevin's parents dropped us off at a place in Waxhaw.  We walked down to SouthSiders and listened to a live band.  They were really good. 

Yesterday was a rainy, football kinda Sunday.  Necessary!  Chat soon friends!


  1. Looks like a great trip. Are you back at work today? What are your NYE plans?

  2. sounds like a wonderful time spent with family! glad you two enjoyed your first Christmas together! And Mills is too cute as always

  3. I have one tree in my backyard and I want to cut it down because I hate picking up leaves so much! Looks like a fab Christmas!

  4. What a fun trip to MD! I'm the same as you--I don't think I'd feel comfortable spending Christmas with anyone but my parents, until after I'm married!

  5. I love Mills' bow tie collar. Where did you get that from?

  6. Love your family pic in front of the tree with Mills. He can really rock a bow tie!