Talk of the Trains: Christmas Eve

Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Eve

After seeing Santa and late in the night after hubby and baby were sleeping, I snuck into the living room to take a few pictures of our happy little tree and stockings. 

This year our tree and our stockings seemed really special to me for a few reasons. First, my family growing up always had large trees. My parents living room ceiling is like 22+ feet tall so our trees were always between 14-17 feet. I know 11 feet isn't a 17 footer, but having a giant tree was really really fun! Second, we went and chopped it ourselves! Though it was rushed, it was really fun and I think will be a tradition for years to come! Lastly, I made the stockings a few years ago. I know I have used them for the past two years, but this year, I guess they finally felt right. Its like they had been here for a season or two and were officially our stockings now! Here was the post from the year that I made them and then here was last year's post when I added one for Champ and AM! ...I may have even done enough fabric for one more that hopefully we will add in a year or two!

Into the wee hours of the morning, I went to bed and then was up early to travel. CT3 was my hero and waited behind on a few Christmas presents that were due to arrive that day and I went ahead so that I would get in in time for a family visit with Grandma and one of my cousins. 

Basically, my cousin Britt and his wife and kids had planned to go visit Grandma. He let me know and said he would love to see us. Instead of us letting Grandma know, we just planned a sneak attack and all dropped in at once! 

I am not sure if that's the best way to go about it, but it was good to see her and so far I haven't heard any complaints! 

Honestly, the house was quite loud with all of us there. Anne Margaret was overdue for a nap and wanted to explore. She picked up one of Grandma's glass angels and dropped it on the antique glass table...thankfully nothing broke. The half an hour later, Charlie knocked his head on the glass table. At some point in there AM decided she would ram into my dads knee and give herself a goose egg and cry. If I took anything away from her, she pitched a fit. Avery was as sweet as pie and just smiled and grinned and giggled the whole time. 

I was tired and a bit stressed out as I tried to play defense on behalf of my Grandma's house. My rambunctious child gave it a run for its money, but I think in the end, I came out on top. 

She was the most content when she was dumping out Hershey kisses and reloading them into the jar...

Then came the photo shoot attempt. In hopes of us getting pictures of Grandma with Avery, Charlie and AM, we took probably 15 shots. I don't think we have one where they are all looking and smiling! We had to bribe Charlie with chocolate and that only lasted for one photo! My mom used a timer and took one of us all, but I have yet to get it from her...I am not 100% certain we were even all looking in that one either! 

My eighty-something year old Grandma was a trooper as she put up with us all and no doubt if she wore hearing aids, she probably would have turned them down with all of us there. Instead she just had to wait for us to leave for peace to be restored in her house!

From there, AM went home and went down for a nap. Praise the Lord, I needed a break. Between Grandma's and a long car ride up, I was slap worn out. 

After Little Bit woke up, she was in a much better mood! We played during the afternoon and Dad and I wrapped presents. He tried to wrap AM at one point, but she wouldn't have it!

Her glaring at G-Diddy!

Either saying "oooohhh" or "noooooo"

Really man?? Why do you keep putting this silver stuff on me?? 

After she got antsy with the ribbon, Dad gave her two of the cardboard rolls. She whacked them on the ground a few times and then on the dog a few times before challenging Mom to a sword fight.


Behind the back!

On the head!

Baby steals both cardboard swords for the win!
That evening we ate one of my favorite meals for dinner "Granny's Chicken." Its basically baked chicken wrapped in chit beef {is that what its called??} and then doused in sour cream and cream of chicken soup. Serve on rice and devour.

Post dinner, my little elf friend and I finished up our Christmas wrapping. This year, I printed the cutest tags from The Jones Design company blog {cant find the link right now but google it!}. I pictured a few of them below for you to see!

From there it was off to bed with visions of sugar plums, warm cinnamon rolls and early morning Christmas surprises! Pin It Now!


  1. AM is getting so big! I love your Christmas pretty with the lights!

    I have to admit, I laughed at your description of "chit" beef...I think you mean chipped beef (it's also called dried beef) :) That's a great recipe. My mom used to make it all the time.

  2. Your house, tree and fire-place look cozy and Christmas-y! Just goes to show that Santa and Mrs. Santa have to be organized and early--as the calendar don't wait! And, your little baby girl looks cute as a bug-in-a-rug, as usual. (Wherever that saying came from!) It was truly a Merry Christmas for all, and to all a good night's sleep is yet to be found. This Santa's helper must be getting old! I wonder how many days/weeks it takes the "real" Santa to recover?


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