You are missing the Bravo Christmas card...you know, the Walmart card with a handwritten note from me on the back. This was not a mistake, I actually planned this. Last year, a friend of mine introduced me to the Holderness Family and challenged me to step it up. Turns out, this project was WAY more work than a paper card. I even begged my little brother to save me on Christmas Eve and help with the editing- talk about crunch time...he uploaded it back to my dropbox account something like 2am on Christmas day! Whew! Here it is, in case you missed it. I did get a break on Christmas day when my in-laws took the girls to church (again). I lay in bed and closed my eyes and felt 10lbs of stress melt away, that I didn't even realize I was carrying. All the gifting was done, house prepped, parties thrown, video card done, Christmas craze done and I really had nothing left that I needed to do but just sorta be. It was a wonderful feeling! I love Christmas time, but man it takes a lot out of me! Just read the craziness of the week of Christmas: We went caroling at the nursing home then to the Gingerbread Extravaganza. One of those days when my voice was hoarse from yelling at the girls and we failed with a McD's drive-through but then a friend posted a sweet picture of the kids holding hands and singing and walking through the nursing home- and it made me feel like; stop. Wow. I did do something right today! I had an appointment to check on the baby at the birth center and brought all the girls. Very crazy, but somehow crazy there is okay. We met the family at the Yacht Club for lunch. My brother, Erik is in town so it was great to see him and have both he and Katie here. That night we hosted the family for dinner- giant jenga and lasagna. I think it was a hit! Katie and Erik stayed late for Cardinal Puff. Christmas Eve, Phil went to work and I did some last minute shopping (not a good idea with the kids in tow). Mom and Katie saved me by taking the older girls shopping with them for a bit so I only had to deal with a clingy Abby (who is very clingy these days). Phil came home early and we went to lunch. I worked through nap time on the video (above) and then we scrambled to get to the children's Christmas mass on time. Walking in right as mass was starting meant the usher sat us in the 2nd row. Luckily we were seated among lots of friends but it was rough. Afterwards we came home for last minute wrapping and then to my parents house for the famous oyster stew. We did a Cajun Christmas and our secret Santa. Katie surprised me with a generous babysitting certificate for Emily. Yay! Maybe 30minutes after we came home and put the girls down, Phil's family drove in. We got them settled and set up for Christmas morning. Santa brought the girls a bounce house! That has been a huge hit! Christmas day was very relaxing. It was chilly so we spent lots of time curled up watching movies, eating an amazing pork lunch that Phil's parents brought up with rice & beans, plantains, yucca- YUM! We had a Christmas tree cake, lots of cookies from the swap. That night, Phil's parents and us went on a double date to see the movie, "The Imitation Game". It was pretty good! The day after Christmas was pretty lazy too. All the running around gave me a cold (being swapped around). I took the older girls with me to do some post Christmas shopping for decorations- success! We all went out to mShack for lunch. More bounce house fun and nap time. That night Phil and I went out with my siblings to King Street. Lots of fun! Ending with Krystals at 2am! Saturday morning Phil's family left for Miami. We did a donut run then green-lighted the Nixons to check out their new toys. Phil took Marly to her pal's Birthday party at Sweet Pete's. That night we got a last minute sitter and went to Black Sheep with the Nixons. It turned out to be a gorgeous night to sit on the roof! Today we went to mass then lunch at the Kerkezi's with the family. Now we are finally just relaxing and hopefully going to bed early...lots of catching up to do! I hope you all had a very, Merry Christmas. It's neat to be big and pregnant this time of year, thinking of Mary giving birth in a barn!