for us our holidays are very full. full in a good way. we are so blessed with giant families and wonderful friends and i really wish i had a month just for deep visits and relaxing with the people we love. instead we have a few consecutive weekends but we make the most of it. out of all of the celebrations i really only took about a dozen pictures. i'm the worst. but don't let that fool you. the times together were perfect.
for christmas we spent the weekend in chicago with benny's family. we switch each year between our families but really we still get to see everyone we just change up the day. chicago is always a blast. this year we arrived after all the fish had been cleaned at grandma ada's so we just started working at the deli. his family owns an italian deli in chicago heights full of yummy things that i don't know how to pronounce. it was all hands on deck for christmas weekend.
at each of my parents house i failed even more picture-wise. ben did get some awesome pics of our little nephew in his christmas pj's. obsessed!
look at that face!
and back to our place...
i cut out free, printable tags from [here & here]. they were a big hit, everyone loved them, including me. i'd like to use them again next year but i don't know if that's "ok".
ben and i have only done stockings for each other the past few years. we think it is a good way to give thoughtful things to each other without spending tons of money [that we don't really have]. i got ben a couple things that wouldn't fit into his stocking physically but were for his 'stocking' really. i wrapped a couple things up and stuck his stocking on top. fair game right?
i had him open the biggest / best present last. he tore apart the wrapping paper and then lifted the box lid. "aw babe, what's this?" he asks in a really sweet but confused voice. hmm...it should have been a fleece i thought. i lean up so i can see from the floor...it's all of my girl christmas crafts. it basically looks like i wrapped up a bunch of random items from around the house and gave it as the 'best' gift. oh geesh, if you're going to be embarrassed at least it's in front of your husband. we had a good laugh about it. i really had to go quite out of my way to wrap the wrong box and all the clanking as i flipped the box should have been a good indicator that the box wasn't filled with fleece pullovers but hey, you live and learn. better luck next year!