Saturday, January 1, 2011

Christmas TX style

This Christmas was spent with my family in Texas as Gabe and I rotate holidays each year.  It was a true blessing to spend a good chunk with so much of my extended family as majority reside in Dallas, with my grandparents being driving distance :)

Excited to make it to Dallas with no problems flying standy on SWA
**Thank you Momma for your flight benefits.  We appreciate it SOO much.

Gabe, the Brooke clan, and Griffin

Happy girl with Gracelynn Gayle

Christian (12) is incredible at keeping GB entertained.

Gracelynn is teething, but never once made a peep!

Paw Paw with one of his great grandbabies

The men cooking up some deer sausage from Daniel's kill :)

My beautiful Aunt Debbie

Jojo (my brother) and his sweet bride 

Pa can get GB to eat anything ... green beans, check!

Cutest thing ever, Paw Paw had been HO HO HO'ing with his Santa hat on, and Griffin said "Pa come down the chimney!"  LOL.

He's thinking, Ohh man more pictures.  Loves his Uncle Gabe!

A man I admire more than he'll ever know.

It's CHRISTMAS!!!!  

So cute with their pajamas - Move to Seattle please!

Yay for Momma and her new iPad, I'm super jealous!

The real party begins with the Cornells, Lugars, Brookes, and the Smiths!!

Granny Gayle making her biscuits and gravy, loved by us all.

Grandmother Joy in town from Oklahoma

Precious -- Sharp as ever and thankful for it!

So special to have BOTH of my grandmothers in town at once!  Thank you, thank you, for traveling to Dallas   as I am so thankful for you two.

Gabe went MIA and walked up to him reading to GB.  
I can't wait till he is a dad ;)  tickles my heart!

GG - My role model in life, always smiling and never complains.

Framer for sure ... 

One day I hope to have a kid on each of our hips!!!!!!

Gracelynn's first jewelry from Ninnie (my mom)

After looking at all of my photos, I realized I go camera crazy when my niece and nephew are around.  Have to catch up with documenting since I'm not there all the time :(

Arrie, thank you for being so flexible with doing Santa at mom and dads and for our slumber parties.  It's exactly what I needed as our time together is truly so valuable.  Xoxo  

The highlight of this Christmas was watching home videos.  My dad spent a gazillion hours transferring old VHS to DVDs and it was a perfect ending to every evening with memories from growing up.

Hope your holiday season was filled with family, friends, and loved ones.


Caroline said...

What fun photos!!!! Happy New Year! xo

rinniez said...

Looks like great fun, isnt nice to have all the family together!
Happy New Year!

Britt @ The Adventures of Josh and Britt said...

Looks like you had a fun Christmas with your family! Loved the pictures!! You look so natural with those babies on your hips ;)

Michaela said...

Wow, looks like you had a great Christmas!

Your family are so cute!
Happy New Year girly :)

Sherrie said...

Happy New Year! What fabulous photos. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas.

Jill said...

looks like you had a great trip to texas! you should come down more often, but next time stop in austin too! ;-)

Sam said...

What cute photos - you have a gorgeous family!

I'm a little bit jealous of your mom too.. hehe!

Also, LOVE the pic of Gabe and your niece.. priceless moment. :)

Happy New Year Kelsey!

katie + bret said...

Looks like you had a great time in Texas! Gracelynn is adorable!

Raining Pearls said...

I'm so happy for you! I'm sure being far from home is hard and just being there was all the gift you needed. You and Gabe are so cute, I wish you happiness and health this year!

Rachel said...

Glad you had such a nice Christmas with family, it looks like a fab time!

CMae said...

Great photos! Did it snow in TX?

Allie said...

Love holidays like that with the family! The "framer" picture is so stink'n cute! :) Yall are going to make some beautiful get on with it already;)! lol!

Kerbi said...

What a wonderful Christmas!

Ashley said...

Love the pictures! And love that your family watches home videos too!

Anonymous said...

That looks like the perfect family Christmas! It must be so fun with babies around! Happy New Year!

Llama said...

AWWW How fun! I love the pj pics on Christmas morning! They are just priceless! So happy to hear yours was wonderful! Hope you have a happy happy new year!

Erin said...

Great pictures! Looks like you had a blast!

J and A said...

Wow beautiful pictures! You niece is so cute!You guys will be great parents!

Arrie said...

We loved every second of spending time with you!! Next "Lugar" christmas is in Seattle!! LOVE

~KS said...

Merry Christmas... Happy New Year!! So glad you got to enjoy so much time with your beautiful family. And I love your jammies... and your sister-in-law's!! Comfy but cute at the same time- how in the heck do you do it?!!?

And you and Gabe look beyond perfect holding those little ones... you two will be the best parents ever someday :)

Heather said...

So glad that you had a great Christmas with your family :).

Michele said...

What a sweet family! It looks like you had a blast with your family in Big D. I read your last post about the crazy weather and travel conditions. I'm so glad you are finally back together. I thought the comments about your hubs being a dad were just the sweetest. I thought things like that about my husband before we had kids, too. My husband turned out to be a great dad just as I'd predicted. You guys will make great parents...when that time comes :)

~Jamie Kubeczka~ said...

What a great Christmas! Glad you made it to Texas and back... at least it was a little chilly this time around. But man look at all that snow you went home to. Crazy!

Taylor @ The Undomestic Momma said...

love all these pictures! Glad you had a great Christmas!~

Christine said...

love that gray striped cardigan! You look super cute! Happy New Year!

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