Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Crazy December...

The month of December for us is usually busy, and this year was probably even more so. Starting off the month we have our annual Poinsettia Show Openhouse; this year the theme was Route 66, and was another great success. This was the first time in 10 years that I was not part of the preparations for the openhouse, which was a much needed break, and yet felt very odd to be left out. If you'd like to see pictures of the show, you can visit Aunt Beth's blog here:
After the openhouse - Joey helped transform my house into holiday loveliness in time for hosting my family's Christmas Tea. Jess and I had started this tradition years ago and loved hosting it, until she moved and we ran out of room. It has been 3 years I think since we had the joy of holding this event, and I was thrilled to be able to open my new home for our Holly and Ivy themed gathering this year! Here's some pics of that!



After the Christmas tea we had several other gatherings in celebration of the holidays! We had a good time with my sisters in law baking Christmas cookies.

I even got to host my entire family for Christmas Day! Here's some pics of Christmas here. Cliche Christmas eve scene: The sign on the basement door before Christmas - and then pics of the girls gifts that were the reason I was spending so much time downstairs!



The girls waiting patiently at the top of the stairs:

And the whole gang here:

5 comments:

kaydiebugsmommy said...

Oh besty I love your pictures!!!!
I keep smiling thinking, I was there! I met them :-) I love your girls, have I told you that lately? Please give them hugs from me!

Marlana said...

Oh your house looks so beautiful! I'm jealous!!

Annette said...

OK---so the matching pj's are WAY TOO FUN! I love it...but I must ask does Joey having matching men style pj's too? I love it! I will need to start doing that with Erin. The house---beautiful, the tea looked gorgeous and fun. I admire your gift of creativity and hospitality. What a blessing you and your family are.

Anonymous said...

I thought the PJs were cute too!! It looks like you had a wonderful holiday!!
Talk to you soon!
Anita

Anonymous said...

My family used to do a Christmas Tea too when we lived in Iowa! It was so much fun. The pictures look great and the name tags are amazing.

Sarah Ludwig