our christmas plus a giveaway

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Christmas is over?! How did that happen?! Although short, it was definitely a joyous celebration.

On the morning of Christmas Eve, we let Maui and Hilo open up one of their presents before all of the Christmas festivities started. Their tails would not stop wagging when they ripped the gift wrap in to pieces.

"Hmm... what could this be!?"

"Hilo, I'm going to open yours too!"

I spent Christmas Eve with Gloria and her family. Her sister was so kind enough to have all of us over for a delicious dinner.

Gloria's sister, Rebekah, was so sweet and even got gifts for the pups!


LEFT to RIGHT: Maui, Hilo, Milo, Mina

Early on Christmas morning, we packed the car up and drove to my parents’ place. When we got there, everyone was already up and antsy to open gifts.

"There are so many presents! They're going out the door!"

Finding a spot for our gift exchange is crucial in our family!

A Christmas tradition - Momma Clause!

"I found my spot, Mommy! Now let's open our presents!"

My brother, Sean, came in with a handful of gifts! πŸ™‚

Christmas is always spent with my family. πŸ™‚

"I'm the best present Mommy received... EVER!"

"No, I am because I'm spotted!"

"Opening all of my presents is a workout. Nap time!"

Playing a kiddo game is super fun!

As Deana says, "Life is too short to drink cheap wine!"

All in all, it was a wonderful and joyous day. I didn’t expect anything from anyone this year because I’ve already been majorly spoiled this year, but I received some awesome gifts. My favorite gift was the time I got to spend with my mom; I think we stayed up until 3 in the morning talking about everything and nothing.

The day after Christmas, we all went bowling as a family. Even my mom decided to rent some shoes and play along; this was her first time to bowl, by the way!

Go, Mom, go!

Nice hair, Scott. lol. I guess Gloria didn't get the memo to turn and look at the camera!

I'm HORRIBLE at bowling, but I'm GREAT at waiting for my turn. πŸ˜‰

…so there you have it — my weekend in a nutshell. There’s at least a couple hundred more photos, but it would take forever for me to share all of them. πŸ™‚

On another note…

WhatΒ  do you all plan on doing for New Year’s? Leave a comment to this post by 11:59 PM, December 31st, Thursday, to be entered into a chance to win at least $25 worth of scrapbooking supplies! Share the news (your blog, facebook, twitter, etc.), and your name will be put into the hat FIVE times. Make sure to let me know if you shared the giveaway.

…and if you are in the mood for giveaways, there’s another one here. You could win some free Jenni Bowlin stuff. πŸ™‚

I’ll be back with more. Besides, we are headed into a new year! 2009 was so good to me, but I know 2010 is going to be even better.





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49 responses to “our christmas plus a giveaway

  1. Gloria

    I do not want a RAK. However, I am excited because I get this week off. Love the photos. Very very cute. This year for new year’s, I will be wishing for an even better year. Apparently I’m supposed to jump up and down. haha.

  2. Looks like you had an awesome time with your family, Sarah, I loooooooooove these beautiful photos!!!
    I got some happy mail from you a couple of days ago and I love that!! thanks so much!!!!!
    Hope you have a wonderful and prosper 2010!!

  3. julie

    ok….i will admit…i TOTALLY skipped over the bowling photos because… well….ummmmmm my entire “other” half of my life is all about that…sooooooooooo yeahhhhhhhh ummmmmmmmmm i just can’t take more than what i get from home…lol lol lol lol lol lol…..BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the Christmas photos!!!!! The doggies are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo CUTE!!!!!!!!!! And Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I think U should totally PUT GLORIA’S NAME in the drawing!! LOL LOL LOL!!! And I like your Deana quote!!! LOL!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):) Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and NEW YEARS……I actually had two old friends find me on FB and we are going out!!!!! Brian and the kids are staying home!!! LOL!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  4. Chris

    Looks like you had a really fabulous holiday as did the puppers – did they sleep on the way home? What great photos of such happy times. Dan and I rarely go out on NYE anymore – we just sit at home – he watches football and I usually read or craft. We always have a great dinner on New Year’s Day – this year is a honey ham. black eyed peas, sweet potatoes, salad, and dessert. Have a wonderful new year!

  5. awww I love all the pics!! You look like you had a wonderful time! And WTG, Mom, for bowling! yaya!
    Love the pup pics, too!
    I have NO IDEA what I am doing for New Years yet! lol YIKES! πŸ˜€
    Have a great Monday!

  6. i might go out of town with my inlaws. πŸ™‚

  7. Wonderful pics Sarah!! I love spending time with my family too. We are just gonna spend New Years with the fam too, while Tonia is in town! Hope you have a great one!! Love, Jess

  8. alecia

    Good morning, Sarah with an H, my freaky friend! Love your family photos, looks like a joyous time. I’m sitting here staring at my scrap table this morning avoiding housework. Hope your week is GREAT!

  9. My favorite picture is of Momma Claus, he face is priceless and full of pure joy! TFS!

    New years?? Hmmm…I think just stay home and make it fun for the kids for sure..

  10. We don’t know yet what we are doing for New Years! Thanks for sharing and the giveaway!

  11. Great pictures!! It looks like you all had an amazing time. πŸ™‚

    For New Year’s Eve, we plan to stay home. Hubby and I are thinking of watching a few movies with our girls and then once they go to bed, watching some seasons of House, which he just got. πŸ˜‰ It should be a great night!

    Thanks for the chance at some goodies…
    – April W

  12. So glad you had a great Christmas, and bowling looked like so much fun! Happy New Year!! My DH is working on New Year’s (as he does all holidays), but we’ll find time to do something special.

  13. The pictures are great. My fave is the one of the doggie with the present in is mouth. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Usually we have a big celebration at Church for New Years but this year it was canceled so I am excited to spend New Years with my hubbys family…..Eating awesome food, Blowing up lots of Fireworks and shooting off the guns. I know totally country but the kids have a blast! Hugs. Amy

  14. Cherie

    It’s our anniversary but I’m not sure what we plan to do. We’ll probably play Mexican train dominoes with our neighbors.

  15. Gorgeous photo’s Sarah!Looked like you had a wonderful time together!
    Levi loves your doggies…had to say that specially to you ;)He loves the card from them!
    On NYE we are going to eat togehter and watch some movies..just relaxing!

  16. Marsha

    Looks like you had a great Christmas. My fav pic is the one of you with your mom-you guys look so much alike.

  17. Mustangkayla

    Great pictures! Momma Santa is too cute! I am not sure what New Years holds for us this year. My grandfather passed away on Christmas Day and his funeral will be Sat. Thats taken up all the energy I have and I haven’t even thought of New Years yet!

  18. Count me out on the RAK! I love those photos and the fur-babies are all so cute! I just love the photo of Maui with the gift in her mouth! WAAAAAY, CUTE!

  19. JMulkey

    Hi, I’m pretty new to all of this, but would love to win some supplies. I’ve been scrapping now for quite a few years, but am just finding all these wonderful sites online about scrapping, who knew? Love your site, by the way, and thank you for the chance to participate πŸ™‚


  20. Great pics, Sarah!! Looks like your christmas was amazing. So many presents!!! I’ll post about your RAK on my blog too. Thanks for sharing.
    love, Isolde

  21. Oops, forgot to tell you what my plans are for New Years Eve. My boyfriend and I are having dinner with friends and then we are going out to party!!!

  22. Jing-Jing

    What lovely photos you have shared πŸ™‚ I can’t help but smile!! πŸ™‚ new year’s?? I plan to go to bed at 10 as usual, lol. I’m bORiNg πŸ™‚

  23. Pipit Taylor

    Hi Sarah, nice pictures…there’s nothing like a family get together. I wish my dad and sister could be over here, but they are thousands of miles away, and my mom just passed away in September. Well, this would be the first new year for my daughter since she just moved here to Ohio with us. So we will probably just stay home, watching movie. I don’t know if she would be able to stay up til midnight (she just turned 6) πŸ™‚

  24. LOL… I’m glad you were not drinking cheap wine! πŸ™‚

    Adorable Christmas photos. Bryn asked who the other 2 dogs were. All 4 are SO CUTE!

    We are probably staying home, but haven’t made plans yet. I don’t like to be out driving with the “crazies” that night, so I don’t mind staying home & having “date night” some other night! πŸ™‚

    Big hugs…

  25. kimbethke

    Great pictures Sarah!! We are having our 3rd and final Christmas on NYD…so sad I’m going to miss out on the crop at the Freak though.

  26. We’re possibly having a party at our house with all our friends. Food, beverages and fun.

    I posted a link to your giveaway at my blog http://scrapbitsbybethy.blogspot.com/

  27. Cathy

    Your puppies are so cute! Our kitty knew which presents under the tree were for him and he tried for two weeks to rip it open with just his teeth (no front claws)! New Years…hmmm… still up in the air…. probably partying at some body’s home then home for the night. Thanks for the chance to win stuff!

  28. I felt like I went on a Christmas journey looking through your photos!! How delightful are your doggies!!!

  29. Beautiful pics, looks like everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!! The doggies are so cute, I smile every time I see their pics!!!

    On NYE, Scott and I are…you guessed it…going to karaoke!!! Hehe!!!

    Have a great New Year’s!!!

  30. SUCH cute photos!!! I especially love the pics of the pups. Super cute. Looks like you had a wonderful holiday.
    As for New Years, we stay home, hang with the kids, play UNO and make A LOT of noise:) Here’s to 2010!

  31. KimL141

    For New Years Eve my family will be coming to my house for games and snacks. On New Years Day I will be playing at Scrapfreak!

  32. Looks like fun! What a cute group of pups! I so want to go bowling now — it’s been a long time since I’ve been. I’m probably going to spend new years at home because I’m so tired of traveling – LOL! Happy 2010!!!

  33. Just spread the word on FB and twitter!

  34. Going to a small gathering at my son’s girl friends house.

  35. Hi Sarah. I’m glad you had a fantastic Christmas πŸ™‚ Enjoyed your photos, too. It is our tradition to go to my dh’s parents’ for black eyed peas on New Year’s day and that’s what we will do. I have posted the link on my blog. http://scrapbookedmoments.blogspot.com/2009/12/another-giveaway.html
    And I wanted to share something. I went to Target yesterday and saw this book titled “Hello, Cupcake!”. When I saw the cover, I thought of you πŸ™‚ It’s got 3 cupcakes shaped your fav friends πŸ™‚

  36. It looks like you had a magical Christmas! I love all the fun photos. Your furkids are just too darn adorable! πŸ™‚ My plan for New Years Eve is to celebrate with my handsome man and our closest friends at a wine and cheese party. Can’t wait!

  37. Patty Hornback

    Thanks for letting me be part of your holiday!

  38. I love love your christmas pictures! I just found out that levi got us a room at the marriott so we can relax and visit our friends new years parties safely. I love the pics of the pups!

  39. love the pic of all the dogs at the tree. looks like you had a fabulous christmas! looking forward to seeing all the awesome thing syou create in 2010!

  40. I need suggestions for a haircut, badly!

  41. Such lovely photos, your puppies looked like they had fun! My puppies pulled all the toys out of their stockings before anyone even knew what was going on! This New Year’s, now that I am in Texas, we made reservations at a great downtown Fort Worth restaurant and we are going to get some bubbly stay at home and watch a movie and then we are going to welcome the new year with open arms and each other. I bet a kiss will be arranged somewhere in there. ; )

  42. Mo

    we’re heading over to my uncles place to eat drink and be……new yearsey! loved the photos and the puppy narration! he he! i’m so glad you had a great time with the family. aren’t mommies awesome? mine rocks too!

  43. I loved your photos of your Christmas.. I gotta upload some of our Christmas. My 12 yr old daughter was looking at your pictures with me and has fell in LOVE with your doggies-they are adorable.. I have bounced around on blogs and found U. SO I will add U to my blogs I follow. Check my blog out too. I am just now starting..
    I dont have any BIG PLANS on NEW Years Day really.I am sure I will be playing some of the new games my daughter, Kandis, got for Christmas-we are now addicted to Monopoly Deal. IT beats the board game big time. Then we have Bunco and Farkle. These should be a fun way to spend part of the day. BUT I do want to try this BLOG HOP that Pamela Young is doing on her blog http://pamelasworldofscrap.blogspot.com/ .. it will be my 1st and sounds like tons of fun.. if u havent already checked it out.. Make sure U do!! Of course i would LUV to get a couple scrapbook pages in on New Years Days too. SO I guess I just filled my day up. I am already tired just thinking about it all-hahaha
    HOPE U and your family has a very blessed New Year.
    thanks for the chance to win some scrapbooking stuff!!!! it would be a 1st for me!!!

  44. Awesome pictures , i need to learn how to do all the wee captions, Thanks for another great chance for some goodies

  45. Just incase you don’t post tomorrow, I wanted to stop by & wish you a VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS 2010! So glad I finally got to meet you & Gloria this year! That was TOO FUN!


  46. Well, my plans involved red velvet cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory and some board games with friends but it’s snowing outside right now and our condo parking lot hasn’t been plowed, so… I might not even make it out of my pajamas today. πŸ™‚ We shall see.

    I linked this giveaway on my blog:

    Happy New Year!

  47. Ally White

    Totally a last minute comment here but…normally we end up at a neighbors house. We all kind of rotate who hosts, but this year i guess no one is in the mood. I guess that’s what happens when you get old! Ha Ha. Just kiddin but apparently it’s going to be a quiet one for us for the first time ever. Even our boys dissed us for parties elsewhere 😦 Have a wonderful and safe New Years everyone!!

  48. aww it looks like you had such a great christmas with your family and puppies! I love all of the pics! πŸ™‚

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