Friday, December 28, 2012

Twas the weekend before Christmas...

We had a busy Christmas just like I am sure everyone does! Have to be here. Have to be there. Ugh. It's exhausting. But I swear, Christmas has never been more fun. Once you have kids I feel like the holidays just get 100 times better. And then I feel as they get older it becomes 1000 times better.
Not cheaper by any means. But better!!
We usually do my mothers Christmas on Christmas Day, but this year we switched it up a bit. Christmas Day is completely exhausting. We used to be rushed all day long. "We can only stay here so long because we have to be there. We gotta hurry Justin, we are going to be late!" Same thing, over and over and over. We were not enjoying OUR Christmas. The Christmas that is the most important. The Christmas were SANTA brings the gifts. Instead, we were pleasing others and not pleasing ourselves. SO, my mother decided to make it a little less stressful this year and have her Christmas the weekend before.
It was so nice. No rushing. We got to spend all day there. The kids played.
 It. Was. Awesome.
Thanks Mom!!
 It was the 1st time I was ever away from my family on Christmas and it was pretty sad, but made for a lot less hectic day.
This little guy always keeps me entertained as I am sure you have heard me say once or twice...
Presents are supposed to go on your head, right?
To say the boys loved their presents in an understatement... Can't ya tell?!?
You see this child here? He is OBSESSED with "diggers." Like totally-completely-obsessed. Ya know, like Drew is with WWE.
So, I am keeping this post about my kids, however, this special little girl holds a special little place in my heart. She loves her Aunt B. She was so excited because she got her 1st American Girl Doll for Christmas. She ended up coming and staying the night with us and that dolly slept right in between us all night. So sweet.
Thanks Mother for a fabulous Christmas!!
The next day we headed back to Harrisburg for my father's Christmas at the farm. It was such a beautiful day. The weather was just amazing. Sweatshirt and jeans kinda day. We shot guns, played a family game of kickball, and just sat by the fire. Very relaxing.
Don't be freaked out by the following pictures. They will consume of lots of deer heads, bear, fish, ducks, etc. My Dad is a freakishly obsessed hunter. It's out of control. Haha.
I would like to introduce to you Dylan and Quinton AKA BASH BROTHERS!!!
They are a hoot when they get together. Quite hilarious to just sit back and watch them.
And this big guy? I can't get enough of how handsome he is turning out to be.
He got his first gun for Christmas. BB gun that is. He loves loves loves it. And he did not shoot his eye out. Yet.
We had a great time spending the day at the farm. It is just such a relaxing, quiet place.
And we even got a picture of the whole fam dam...
Well, that's a wrap of the weekend before Christmas!! Whhewww...
I always love spending time with my family! My Dad lives in St. Louis (2 1/2 hours away) and the rest of my family live in Harrisburg, about 40 minutes away. It's only 40 minutes, but I do not get to see them as much as I would like to. That's a whole other sad sappy story!!!!
Next up?!?!
Christmas Recap that includes black eyes and blizzards!!
Brista Barrington

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