Appreciating Holiday Chaos

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas is a crazy time, but it's packed with lots of fun too. It's what I call "controlled chaos!" LOL and I wouldn't have it any other way.  It is a time for family, good food, recalling holiday seasons past, and making new memories...  There tends to be a lot of work preparing for that special day, shopping, decorating, cooking... until you are past exhaustion, BUT that Christmas magic quickly comes rushing back the moment you see your children or grandchildren's eyes light up when he or she firsts spots a tree all decked out with lights and tinsel, when they first hear the story of Santa or realize that all those presents under the tree have THEIR name on them.  Yes, experiencing Christmas through the eyes of a child (even when they are 22) is even more magical than living it as a child.  It brings me the greatest of joy to know that we are building special memories that each of them will one day share with their families. "Wouldn't want to do life without them!"  #LoveUs

My girls SPOILED me! 

MiMi playing house with Malaysia.

Christmas dinner outside on the patio, the weather was PERFECT!

Christmas dinner menu: Baked Ham & Grilled Beef Roast for the entrees' with mac-n-cheese, green bean casserole, canned yams, rice dressing and potato salad.

I made these Root Beer Reindeer for the kids, totally CUTE!

 PaPa helping Trey cut his meat.

The DESSERT Table - Vanilla Christmas Cake by Jackie Chaussey / Baybee Cakes and Christmas Cookies by Melissa Barbakoff / The Baked Equation

Here's that Christmas Magic I was talking about, you know that "controlled chaos" LOL!

 All those new toys and all this little guy wanted to do was play with scraps of the Christmas wrapping.
Our attempt to get one photo of the entire gang before the day ended.

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