Jan 17, 2014

Christmas Recap

Yeah, that's right... I'm talking about Christmas. Let's pretend that it's timely and that you are interested, okay? Okay :)

We kicked off our holiday a little early with a cruise to Mexico! Eric and I went with my three siblings, my parents and my grandparents. It was such a great group - big enough to hang out with different people, small enough to have lots of together time. We laid on the beach, ate delicious food and just overall had an amazing time. I feel very blessed - my family is really wonderful and we had been talking about taking a family vacation for so long - I am so glad we were able to do it!

Our ship, the Carnival Triumph.

My grandparents are so amazing. 

Merida, Mexico

My stunning sister.

The dessert I ate nearly every night.

The next part of our holiday was spent with Eric's family. We now have a niece and nephew, so Christmas includes a lot more present opening than it used to. Our time with his family was sweet - we ate at a fancy restaurant on Christmas Eve, watched a few movies and there was lots and lots of coffee.

My ridiculously adorable nephew.

Eric and I made our annual batch of cinnamon rolls.

My sweet new niece.

On Christmas evening, we left Eric's parents house and drove about an hour to spend time with my extended family. I have 15 cousins and lots of aunts and uncles, so it's usually a loud, crazy good time. We played a two-hour long game of White Elephant and ate lots of good food. Also, I didn't take any pictures (fail).

On the evening of the 26th, we went to my parent's house to celebrate with my immediate family. We did a little present opening, ate great food (of course!) and played a hilarious game of catch phrase.

Ever since I can remember, we have always had a really snack-y dinner on Christmas - toquitos, queso, shrimp, etc. I don't know when we started doing it but I love it!

My cute sister and grandma.

It's strange... as I get older I definitely feel like Christmas gets less magical, but it also becomes more special. I realize more and more what a blessing my family is and how fortunate I am to spend the holidays with people that I love. I have also become more and more aware of the true meaning of God sending his son to earth to save us. I'm feeling so blessed today, my friends.


  1. I agree with you on realizing more what a blessing family is. Both mine and hubby's parents live in the same town as us, so we are able to do Christmas Eve with one family and Christmas Day with the other. While it makes those two days super busy, I need to realize more we are lucky we have family in town to celebrate with!
    Also, that cruise looks like it was a lot of fun! I've never been on a cruise before, but I really want to plan one sometime! (actually any warm place would be nice to beat the sub-zero temps!)

  2. Fantastic photos from your cruise!
    I can't wait to go on one someday.
    Your nephew and new niece are too cute!!
    Have a great weekend, Ashley!!

  3. Timely or not, I love this post! It sounds like an exciting Christmas with all your family time. Catchphrase is our go-to for family get-togethers. We probably played 20 rounds of it on New Year's Eve!

  4. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!! My husband and I LOVE cruising and it would be a dream come true to cruise with our families!! It's on our vacation bucket list so hopefully it'll happen one day. I love that you escaped the cold weather to soak up some sun and family fun.

  5. Looks like you had a fun Christmas! I shouldn't have read this post before lunch... all the food pics are making me starving, especially the cruise dessert... yum!

  6. Great pictures! Loved looking at all of them! And I'm REALLY hungry now. :)

  7. Oh, the chocokate melting cake! We went on a Carnival cruise back on October and this was definitely my favorite dessert, too!!

  8. What a perfect time for a cruise! Right around the holidays can be so stressful, but I bet you were relaxed, enjoying time with family, and soaking up the sun! Christmas definitely feels more special to me as I get older, too. Watching my daughter experience everything for the first time was so much fun! I am sure you love seeing your nephew and niece take everything in! :)

  9. These pics are so beautiful, you have a wonderful family.

  10. So jealous of your vacation!


  11. It looks like you had a wonderful holiday. We have been on several cruises after moving to Florida. We have 2 ports within 45 minutes and you can get some great last minute deals.


  12. christmas is too great of a holiday that you can't skip a recap. i love these pictures and your niece and nephew are precious!

    cute & little

  13. Your Christmas celebrations look wonderful - especially that cruise!!! I'm jealous! :-)

  14. Aw, I know I'm late on the response, but I LOVE this. So true about Christmas becoming less magical but more special, I'm still trying to adapt to this new perspective. Great pictures, the food ones are making my mouth water!


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