Scenes from our Christmas

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IMG_0012Our Christmas festivities this year started on Christmas Eve. We headed out of town to my in-law’s house for a family dinner and gift exchange. Brooke loved hanging out with her cousins and didn’t want to leave. After dinner and cookie decorating, the cousins opened up some new pajamas and did a secret santa exchange. IMG_0021Funny faces!!
IMG_0032Brooke had her cousin’s name for secret santa. Aren’t these girls so cute?!IMG_0053Here’s Blake’s secret santa gift. We let him open his present last because he was having so much fun with the box.IMG_0054Seriously, he was banging away. Such a happy little guy! IMG_0068He wasn’t so sure of the presents inside….lol! Look at how big his eyes were.
1477952_10151823056836811_85047565_nThe adults did a white elephant gift exchange and my sister-in-law and I got……white elephants. Well, that is before they got stolen from us. RUDE! By the time we left, it was pretty late but thankfully our kids slept the majority of the 1 1/2 hour ride home. IMG_0073Then before we knew it, Christmas morning had come! And, Santa stopped by our house!IMG_0078Someone was a little excited….IMG_0090Cute little tired kiddos in front of our tree 🙂 IMG_0094Here are our stockings…and!! My husband just finished this mantle last week so we’d have a place to put our stockings! Isn’t it purdy? I love it!IMG_0097Breakfast was some raspberry cinnamon pull apart bread…..did I mention I love carbs? This recipe is a combination of this one and this one, smashed together. Minus the egg nog and canned cinnamon rolls. IMG_0114A certain someone loved them, but there’s no surprise there. Notice she changed into her new Elsa dress {from Frozen}. IMG_0120This pull apart bread was seriously dreamy. Maybe I’ll post the recipe soon.IMG_0127The rest of the morning was spent putting toys together. Please note the outfit change. IMG_0155Mid afternoon, we had our Christmas dinner: roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes and sautéed brussels sprouts. This meat was so amazing. The oven gods were smiling down on me because this was the most perfect roast beef ever. IMG_0163We all got dressed nicely for dinner and then skyped with my family. I think this was Brooke’s 4th outfit of the day. Lol! IMG_0172Then for dessert, we enjoyed my grandma’s Hazelnut Torte. I have had this recipe for quite a white, but never had the guts to make it. So I gave it a whirl and it was divine! Obviously not as good as my grandma’s but definitely on the right track.

All in all, we had a blessed Christmas season. Hope you all had a lovely few days off celebrating too 🙂

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  1. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine

    Brooke is so stinking cute I can’t even take it!!! 🙂 What a wonderful Christmas day! And the movie Frozen was one of my favorites! I wouldn’t mind going back to see it again! Haha! Happy Holidays 🙂

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  3. Katie

    Thank you for sharing your Christmas. It looks just lovely 🙂 I’m glad I’m not the only one who has to suffer with all the wardrobe changes throughout the day. Have a nice weekend!

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    Lauren, it looks like you had a fantastic christmas! Your kids are so adorable… I never realized, or maybe you never mentioned it. Are you LDS too? I think that’s the Washington DC temple above your mantel place. That temple is beautiful!

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