Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful day!
I flew back to DC from my parents' house in Chicago this morning and went straight to work, so I didn't have time to download my nice pictures (well, nicer) off my camera. So here are a few little cell phone snaps of yesterday.
We went to church at noon after opening presents. I swooned, as always, over the flowers. When Frank and I first got engaged I wanted a Christmas wedding so I wouldn't have to decorate the church—doesn't it look beautiful all dressed up for Christmas?
The Christmas wedding didn't work out but we're keeping the crimson color scheme—and in fact, this is the church where we're getting married!
I couldn't help but imagine what it will be like to walk down this aisle arm in arm with Frank on May 25.
Just 5 months away... I can't wait!
Around the house, I enjoyed my mom's simple, pretty decorations.
It's comforting to see the same little decorations year after year.
One of my favorite presents came from my godfather, Uncle Frank, and his wife Aunt JoAnne: an ornament celebrating our engagement.
It made me so happy. I can't wait to hang it on our tree year after year.
Aunt JoAnne also thoughtfully offered to host a family bridal shower in Miami this spring. I was really touched.
I didn't get a picture of our whole Christmas spread (it was a feast!) but I snapped a picture of my mom's clever creation: Caprese salad on a stick.
It was so simple: miniature mozzarella balls from Trader Joe's, cherry tomatoes and a leaf of basil on a toothpick, lightly sprinkled with salt and olive oil. Oh man, delicious! And healthy too... sorta?
Angela got knitting and sewing kits for Christmas and let's just say she lived up to her nickname of mini-Theresa. I love those types of crafts (does anyone remember my "I am a grandma" post?) and yesterday afternoon I taught her to sew. By the end of the day, she had whipped up a little stuffed dog.
We spent a good part of the afternoon relaxing in the living room. You can see my stockinged legs as I lounged contentedly in the armchair with a glass of mulled mead and a book, while Angela worked away on her little stuffed dog with occasional help from me. It was the perfect lazy afternoon.
Christmas was very low-key this year and so relaxing. Now that I'm back in DC (an back to working), I'm wishing I could go back. I miss my family so much sometimes.
I'll be back later this week with What I Wore on Christmas and some funny stories about this weekend—let's just say traveling around the holidays is quite the adventure. How was your Christmas? Hope it was lovely!