Scenes From Christmas Weekend

Merry Merry Christmas!  I was so looking forward to Christmas this year partly because I missed out last year (see: colic and shingles), but mostly because one is SUCH a great age.  Carla May is getting into everything, talking up a storm, and really coming into her own.  We are having SO much fun!

Both of Chatham’s sisters, Jane and Leah, and our new brother-in-law Matt were in town for the holiday, so we spent as much time with them as we could.  Leah and I took the girl cousins out on the dock during sunset one of the first nights they were in town and got some beautiful photos.  I love watching Carla May laugh and play with her cousins, aunts, and uncles.  Seeing her develop relationships with people we care about is really heartwarming.

Outfit Details: top (similar), skirt, necklace (similar), bag

Chatham and I went to a wedding at Eden Gardens State Park on the Friday before Christmas.  The location was gorgeous and you couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather!

On Christmas Eve, I dressed Carla May up in my old Christmas dress from 1990 and had a nice laugh.  A friend pointed out that a lot of the components of the dress have come back in style – the ruffle sleeve, the sweatshirt material, and the mismatch prints!  BUT I don’t think that Santa Lion (I think it’s a lion??) is ever coming back in fashion!

We had a lazy day watching Christmas movies as a family and snuggling with the doggies.

Before Christmas Eve dinner, we tried to get a good shot of all three cousins together but they were too amped up for Santa to all look at the camera at once!

I love that last photo that shows off their personalities so well – Mary Jane being the boss, Pearce in his own world, and Carla May looking around like “what is going on??”

Leah snapped a couple of me and Carla May while CM was in the process of losing her bow.

My sister-in-law Libbo found Carla May’s sweet angel dress at a consignment shop in Tuscaloosa.

I am just glad scrunchies are back, since I never stopped wearing them.

Aunt Leah and Uncle Matt got all the kids an awesome obstacle course with a ball pit at the end.  CM LOVED it!

She is obsessed with the piano right now.  If she wasn’t being held, she was crawling over to it to bang the keys and “sing.”

I can’t get enough of the Christmas jammies, and CM loved them too!  She still isn’t walking and she trips over dresses when she tries to crawl in them, so she stayed in her Christmas jammies all day.

Thankfully, we have made it through the phase where she pulls her bow off immediately.  I have found that if I give her lots of compliments on how pretty she looks with her bow in, she tends to keep it on! 🙂

We had a wonderful time spending Christmas exchanging gifts, eating, and being merry with family!

CM got to wear another set of Christmas jammies the day after Christmas.  This cute Christmas lights set was a hand-me-down from her cousin Pearce.

Some of her favorite gifts this year were her chair, her LeapFrog dog (that says her name!), her monster truck (that looks like a dog, of course!), and a set of ball pit balls for her trampoline.

Hayduke’s favorite gift was his tequila bottle squeaky toy.

How was your holiday weekend?

Let me know in the comments below!



  1. Omg these photos are too cute! It looks like everyone had a blast! Your family is absolutely beautiful!

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