Merry Christmas, from my home to yours

ABLA christmas card 2013

Our 2013 Christmas card from Minted

Linking up with Amber (Mr. Thomas and Me) and Erin’s (Hooley with a Z12 Days of Blogging Christmas link up. Today is the 12th and last day! 

Truly, what day is better, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

I love the magic and the spirit that today, Christmas Eve, exudes. I love feeling like a 6-year-old, I love all the energy and excitement, I love the hustle and bustle as we get the house ready for Christmas day dinner, I love the relaxing evening with my family.

Tomorrow will fly by and then Thursday it will all be over. No more Christmas music, no more anticipation, and I could cry just thinking of the sight of discarded Christmas trees waiting for the trash man.

So, let’s slow it down and really enjoy every special moment of this holiday.


Santa’s coming!!!


Today I will hold onto hugs a little extra longer and I will go to bed grateful. Grateful for all the gifts that this life has given me. Traditions may change and grow, this will be the first year that I will not be waking up in my childhood home on Christmas morning. This is the first Christmas Eve in 16 years that my best friend will not be coming over on Christmas Eve to take part in our family traditions. But love and family remains the same. This IS the first Christmas with my husband and his family and that brings extra joy and love.

I wish all of you a truly merry and safe  Christmas. I’m so happy to count each of my readers as friends. I hope you enjoy your day, no matter how you chose to celebrate it. I send extra hugs to those who are having a rough holiday season this year. May you believe in love and hold on to your hope.



Buttery Nipples

Buttery Nipple shots for Santa! He has SUCH a long night!

xoxo katie