Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas Day- Part 2

Alright, when I left you yesterday, it was mid-afternoon and we were gearing up to head on our annual Christmas hike. Now, I realize these posts are full of sap and cheese and all sorts of yummy goodness for me- and I'd love to be that blogger full of wit and humor and freshness, but unfortunately I am full sap, and  a huge ball of cheese, so settle in:)

Aussie and I were so excited as we had prepared our surprise down in the bottom field. A rustically decorated Christmas tree complete with lights, and shiny strands of tinsel. Together, we had contrived a beautiful fire ring, which my gal had decorated with gathered buckeyes to look like a christmas wreath. 

The lot of us took off down the path and thru the woods with a backpack stocked full of christmas books and a thermos brimming with our favorite hot cocoa. When we rounded the final bend and the boys got glimpse of our deeds, they were flabbergasted, totally bowled over. It was hilarious! They were just sure some kind of Christmas wizardry had happened upon us. 

They were doubly excited as they had gotten matches in their stockings so they were finally getting a chance to test out their   honed survival skills. After we warmed ourselves by the fire and shared in some festivities, we decided to head back as the wilds were anxious to get home and play with their new gear.

This was kind of our little Eleanor's first christmas. She was just a wee babe last year and really only participated by letting us snuggle her thru the day. This year though, she was involved. She was into it and I couldn't stop thinking about what a beautiful addition she is to our family. Each of us is so completely enamored with her, and she is such a force. Fiesty, and funny, she pulls us together in the loveliest of ways.

When darkness settled in, we were forced away from our goods and headed inside to finally open another gift and start on the feast. I'm not sure anyone's tummy was feeling particularly well, because hardly anyone ate anything all day, but it sure all looked good and everything turned out so yummy. The yule log in particular was beautiful and such a fun tradition. They also loved the pumpkin rolls- on each little note, tucked away inside was something to do- sing a holiday jingle, give hugs all around, kiss the cook- it was a hit, even if they just tugged out the notes and left the bread.

We finished the evening, snuggled up in holiday jammies, everyone completely tuckered and briefly quiet for a momentous change. White Christmas was playing and we let the cooling sounds of Bing Crosby lull us away- it was total perfection.


  1. This sounds like so much fun! And your kids are so cute. Your yule log seems lovely and every perfect Christmas involves Bing Crosby for me, too!

    - Sarah :)

  2. This sounds like a wonderful time! Love the adorable pictures! Happy Friday and new year!


  3. High Five, Chelsea...cause you guys did an over-the-top job on making the most of Christmas! Seriously. You pulled out Martha Stewart and The Barefoot Contessa on this magical day. I'm coming to Arkansas next year just to spot the decorated tree! All kidding aside, what a beautiful story. also, the mohawk is awesome!!!
    Texas Jak

    1. Ha thanks! It was pretty legit, thankfully we did everything before hand so on the actual day it was easy! And yes I love his Mohawk- he's actually had one since he was 9 months old;)

  4. So much cuteness in one post! Sounds like such a sweet day. xx

  5. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO beautiful!!!!!! Can only imagine their enchantment when they saw the tree!!!! [And Aussie's satisfied smile ;)]

  6. it is great to experience the nature , what a lovely family, life is just so wonderful

    happy new year

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  7. A few years ago, on a Christmas day, we packed a little lunch (hot drinks compulsory!) and spent the day walking in the Lakes! Absolutely fabulous! No crowds and no sitting behind a table all day!

  8. Sounds like a lovely day! Your kids are so cute!!


  9. This is such a beautiful post - I look at your family and see how happy you all are….may your 2015 be filled with health, happiness and even more love!

    Lots of love!

    Layla xx

  10. Aww your Christmas sounds wonderful, and your family is just the cutest. Also I love the cheese and sappy-ness because I am just the same way :)

  11. What a fun adventure! Great photos and looks like you all had a wonderful time! Happy New Year!

  12. I love the little surprise you prepared for the rest of the fam! And I love that red beanie on you, looking good girl :) xo

  13. love it all! and that decorated tree!!! you have the sweetest family and always capture it all so well.

  14. So so sweet! I love the bunny hat first off... so so cute. This sounds like the sweetest Christmas! I love how your yule log turned out! One of my friends is a baker and she made one for the first time last year. So pretty. I love all of this so much. XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  15. This all just sounds fabulous! What a wonderful hike!