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Our 2014 Christmas

This Christmas was spent with Ian's mom at the mountain house in Boone, NC. We alternate families for the holidays, and as much as I missed seeing everyone on my side of the family, it was also nice to have a low-key mountain escape and get in a lot of rest.

We drove up Christmas Eve morning in separate cars, and I was feeling miserable. I was exhausted and a little nauseated. It was raining and gray and my whole body just hurt. As soon as we made it to the house, I fed the baby and then took a two-hour nap in the basement. After waking up and checking in on everything, I went back to sleep for another hour. If you know me in real life, you know I am NOT a napper, so this just shows how badly I felt. Luckily, my mother-in-law and husband were rockstars and took care of the baby beautifully, allowing me to recuperate.

One of the holiday traditions Ian wanted to start with Camille was a reading of Twas The Night Before Christmas before she went to sleep. We took turns and read the pages to her, and my mother-in-law snapped some photos which I really treasure.



That night Ian's mom cooked a great dinner of filet mignon, mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole and salad, and I ate as much as I could muster. Then Ian gave me the best Christmas present of all ... a night of good sleep. He and his mom got me settled in a bedroom upstairs and he was on daddy duty in a different room with Camille. I felt badly not sleeping with them, but I woke up feeling a lot better and ready to have a great Christmas with the family.

..... Can we even talk about Camille's outfit.



A very sweet friend gave us this little number. Can you even? I could just eat that baby up, she's so delectable.



Ian got a fire going, and we took turns opening gifts from under the tree.


Oh, and taking more photos of the baby, course. 










Camille just loved this silver rattle, a gift from her Great Grammie. 

And Ian started her with an add-a-pearl necklace. Throughout the years, he can give her pearls for Christmas, birthdays, good grades, or "just because" -- resulting in a full necklace that she can wear for special events like her high school and college graduations. 


We had an experience that resulted in a major outfit change for Camille -- and new pants for me -- and a couch cushion cleaning -- but I'll leave it at that. 


The tap-a-tune piano was a hit, as was the sit-to-stand walker and the banana toothbrush. My heavens, she goes crazy over that banana. Cracks. Us. Up.



I got some fun items including the baby's first Christmas ornament I wanted, a Fitbit Flex, and a cozy full-length robe.

We cooked a big dinner that night with turkey, ham, and all the fixins. I made the cranberry sauce and Paula Deen's green bean casserole ... always a hit.








Ian had to leave after dinner Christmas night to drive back to Charlotte and work the whole next day. Camille and I had a great girls day with "Mimi" (her grandma name) and I scored some great finds at Old Navy and TJ Maxx. That night it was just the gals, but Ian and I cooked up a plan for him to drive up the next morning -- the day Ian's mom thought Camille and I were leaving -- and surprise her. So we all stayed Saturday night in the mountains, too, and Ian and I even were able to get out for a date nite to The Gamekeeper, our favorite restaurant. His mom was just overjoyed to have an extra night with Camille, who she loves to pieces. 

Camille's first Christmas was a very special one, and I love starting new and meaningful traditions. From our family to yours, happy holidays!

29 comments:

  1. Camille's Christmas outfit is too much!! (unfortunately we had a few holiday wardrobe changes around these parts too- what is it with these girls?! ha) Great pictures, looks like a wonderful holiday- glad yall's first as a family of three was a success!

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  2. What a wonderful first Christmas for sweet Camille! Hope she's getting excited to celebrate her mama's birthday :)

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  3. im so glad you guys had a great christmas (and im happy your feeling better!) camille is the CUTEST! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful day! So happy you guys all enjoyed Camille's first Christmas together!

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  5. I hope you're feeling better! That sounds like a horrible bug :( But glad you got better and looks like you had a lovely Christmas!

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  6. What a wonderful first Christmas! Loving those sweet pictures of you guys reading to Camille. Precious. And her outfit? Dying. Perfect for a cozy, festive holiday.

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  7. I'm sorry you were feeling do bad but glad you felt better & ended up having a wonderful Christmas!! I love Camille's outfits too!!!

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  8. You got some absolutely adorable pictures! Loving the ones of ya'll reading to sweet baby girl. Such a nice tradition to start!

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  9. The pictures of yall reading altogether are priceless!! What a sweet tradition :) Looks like a wonderful Christmas!

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  10. Seriously, your whole family is like a bunch of supermodels! Camille's eyes are too die for, and I'm loving Ian's glasses. You look beautiful as always! Glad you all had a great Christmas!

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  11. What a cutie! Glad you got some rest and nipped whatever crud you were getting in the bud!

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  12. Looks like a great Christmas! That tap and tune piano is still a huge hit in our house.

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  13. April! Camille looked absolutely precious in the Christmas dress!! So glad she was able to wear it!! Happy New Year!

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  14. I love the add a pearl idea...where did you find that?

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  15. i hate you weren't feeling well, Millie is sick now and my mom's been sick too. ugh, glad they let you get some rest. looks like a great Christmas!

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  16. What a lovely Christmas! Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well but it sounded like you got some good sleep. I love the idea of Ian giving Camille the necklace. What a sweet and meaningful gift.

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  17. So sorry you weren't feeling well, but it certainly sounds as if all went well and you ended up having a fabulous Christmas. I am jealous of your little mountain escape. I bet it's incredible, and makes it feel even more like Christmas. Happy New Year!

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  18. What a wonderful first Christmas! Love all the sweet pictures of Camille!

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  19. Love Ian's idea about reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve!!

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  20. Does sound nice just having a quiet one... And the outfit... So freaking adorable!

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  21. Gorgeousss picture of you and Camille! Looks like a wonderful first Christmas for the little lady! Shes growing so fast!!

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  23. Such special memories and pictures of Camille's first Christmas!

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  24. Love Camille's little Christmas outfit! Looks like you all had such a fun Christmas! Love the pearl necklace idea!!

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  25. My goodness could C be any cuter?!? Love the necklace idea! Wonderful pics! Glad y'all had a wonderful Christmas! Ps. You are looking gorg!!! xoxo.

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  26. I'm sorry you were under the weather, but a mountain Christmas sounds like perfection! You look gorgeous in all the pics--definitely have a "Mommy Glow!"

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