Our Christmas Eve & Day

Just like every other year, I can’t believe that Christmas has come & gone so quickly.  While part of me is looking forward to things slowing down for a little while, most of me is as sad as Waverly, who walked down the stairs yesterday to find no tree & said, “where is Christmas?” in the saddest voice.  Sweet girl, she loves holidays as much as her mama. 🙂

Christmas Eve is always busy for us, we went to my grandparents early for dinner, to my in-laws afterwards for an open house, & then back to my house with my family to open presents from each other.  It’s crazy, but so much fun, Waverly loves seeing everyone & this year, LOVED opening her presents more than ever before.  She would squeal with every gift she opened (no matter what it was, sometimes even before she saw it), I wish I could just bottle that up & save it forever.

We had been reminding Waverly all day (& for weeks) that Santa was coming, which I think just ultimately scared the hell out of her.  It’s no secret that she isn’t his biggest fan yet, so as we walked down the stairs Christmas morning she held on to me so tight I was convinced she thought he was sitting in our living room waiting for her.  Yet as soon as she saw what he brought her, she was super excited.  She adores everything we got her, especially her tee-pee just like I thought she would.  Yet no doubt, the biggest hit was definitely the chapstick (from the dollar bin) we put in her stocking, it hasn’t left her sight in a week.  Figures. 😉
We rounded out our holiday by hosting Christmas dinner at our house, which is my absolute favorite. Both sides of our family are so big that we rarely can be with everyone at the same time, but this is the second year in a row that we have been able to host everyone.  Other than the fact that we were passing around sicknesses, it was perfect. The food was delicious, the weather was randomly warm, & most importantly, Waverly had so many of her favorite people there.  It really was such a special day, so magical & so memorable, we truly are beyond fortunate.

I hope you all had the most amazing Christmas of your own, & of course, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Cheers, drink one (or a couple) for me. 😉


  1. December 30, 2014 / 2:43 pm

    You are a brave soul to host Christmas dinner for everyone, ha ha! What a perfect Christmas, Ashely!! I love that Waverly squealed with every gift! Too cute!

  2. December 30, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    WOW, what a great first picture. Such a perfect lil kid moment!

    Glad everything went well and you had a fun Christmas. Too cute your lil muffin was worried Santa would be at her house in the morning. Love her lil gifts and your table was beautiful! Happy 6th day of Christmas!

  3. December 30, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    Sounds like your holiday was simply wonderful {other than the sickness part!}, and I absolutely love your table setting!

  4. December 30, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    Love your table settings and the photo with Waverly and her bud in the tent is ADORABLE! Glad you all had a happy Christmas!! 🙂 xo

  5. December 30, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    What a wonderful Christmas!! Christmas with toddlers is AMAZING!! I am with Courtney…hosting Christmas for both sides while being sick and pregnant is a true accomplishment!! 🙂 You are super mom!! xoxo

  6. December 30, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    Merry Christmas Ashley!! That teepee is adorable! Ellie loves hers and I know Waverly will too!! And PS your table decor is top notch! Love it

  7. December 30, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful day!!! Busy but you got to spend lots of time with family and Waverly had so much fun! So sad that she walked downstairs and said "where's Christmas?" but so cute that she is so excited about the holidays. That just makes things ten times more exciting 🙂
    PS LOVE your table decor and brave girl for hosting so many people!

  8. December 30, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    Your table is beautiful! I can't believe it was warm enough for short sleeves! It was warmer than usual here but still not that warm! I also can't wait for Christmas next year already… but we still haven't taken down our tree!

  9. December 30, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    These ages – with sweet little ones at home to celebrate the holidays – are my absolute favorite. And I never want them to end. Waverly's little face in those pictures, with that big smile, says it all. The joy of Christmas captured in a photo!!! That's what it's all about. So glad that you were able to fit in visits with everyone – I know how tough it can be to make it all fit into such a short time. But it sounds like you guys did a great job managing it all, and enjoying it at the same time!:)

  10. December 30, 2014 / 10:03 pm

    One Christmas, I think I was like, 4? I refused to come out of my room to open presents because I was convinced Santa was still there. My 1 year old brother was done with his gifts and playing like crazy by the time I finally emerged :p All that to say, I can relate to sweet W clinging for dear life!

  11. December 31, 2014 / 2:02 am

    I love the Tepee it is adorable!! Your table looked adorable.. I wish I could host both sides of the family for Christmas.. It seems like it is so hard trying to get everyone together for a dinner.. So glad you were able to 🙂

    Chelsea @ thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com

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