Christmas 2017

Another Holiday season is in the books. And let me tell you, it was a good one! Our Christmas vacation was essentially stretched out over 4 days, with the kids and I being off on Friday and Monday. We were busy!

Thursday – I picked the kids up from school and we went to BRGR for early bird special Burgers and fries.

Greyson ate almost 2 whole chicken fingers which was a Christmas miracle in itself!

After dinner we headed out to the Butler County Fairgrounds for the Shadrack Christmas Light Show. I had heard a lot of good things about it and it didn’t disappoint. We all loved the music and the lights and the holiday spirit.

Friday we had tumbling and I ran errands and then the evening was spent at Grammy’s playing with cars, eating pizza and petting her cats.

Christmas is almost here!

Sunday – Merry Christmas Eve!

Our Christmas Eve was spent at Grandma & Papa’s house.

We started out the night opening presents

and presents…

and MORE presents! We were all pretty spoiled.

Grandma made an Italian Feast and we were all pretty excited to eat.


We started out with stuffies, caramelized onion puffs and snail salad.

And then I must have put my phone away because I missed pictures of the baccala, linguine with clam sauce, fried shrimp, crab cakes…oh boy. There was a lot of food! And it was so delicious. Grandma outdid herself!

We all made it into bed by 10, which is the latest our kids have ever stayed up. I was expecting them to sleep till 7.

Monday – Christmas Day

So, they woke up at 5:40 (shocker!) and wanted to “get in Mommy and Daddy’s bed, drink milk and watch Paw Patrol”. I went downstairs to make coffee, feed the dog and wait to video tape them coming downstairs to see what Santa had brought them.

1/2 hour later and I’m on my second mug enjoying the lights and a little Xmas Vacation.


They got a big train table (which Greyson hasn’t stopped playing with)

and a roller coaster.

plus stocking stuffers (Mickey Roaster Racer stuff)

And magic coloring books.

And Mother Nature brought us a white Christmas!

Around 10:00, my Dad & Anna, my brother and his Family and Jarrad’s family joined us for brunch. More presents!

It was organized chaos.

I’ve always said that Jarrad’s Dad and sister have never taken a bad picture. Well shoot them with mouth fulls of food and that’ll do it. Hence why I blurred them out! We had a lovely morning.

After naps, we headed over to my brothers to celebrate with my Mom and Carl. I don’t think I took a single picture! I need to go back and reread Blogging 101. But Katie made the best pot roast I’ve ever had and we opened MORE presents. We are all so very blessed.

It was a beautiful holiday season. I am so thankful that we have our health and our families and our special Beans. It was truly an amazing time of year. 2017 was a good one.

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