Monday, December 30, 2013

Finding Merry | Part One

I can't believe it's over!
"WHY can't everyday be like Christmas??"
I just don't understand it.

What a beautiful Christmas we had.  
Despite the fact that I had to work on Christmas Eve (something I swore I would never do).
 I spent Christmas Eve Eve in Knoxville with my brother.  
I left after work around 1pm and did some last minute 
shopping leaving the Camster with my family...
in what turned out to be the longest time I had EVER left him.
I'm just not good with that yet.
I literally have a panic attack.  It's insane.
And this day was no different.

I ended up walking OUT of Hallmark with a Snoopy in hand.
I got to Belk before I jumped 10 ft in the air and realized I had taken
 it from the store without paying as he was hidden amidst all of my other bags.  
I quickly hurried back and placed it on the shelf and got OUT of there!

We had a great dinner at the Red Lobster that night
as Cam never ceased to amaze us with his lack of taste buds as he dove 
into a lemon with out one facial grimace.
This. child. will. eat. anything.

Then we popped in the Griswolds and Home Alone when we got back to the condo
and had a fun old fashioned family Christmas...
Well no.  Actually everyone just went to bed.
Especially Cam and I as we had to drive back to NC for work the next morning!
But we did have a beautiful window view of a festive home across the street which TOTALLY made me feel like a McCallister...can't really pinpoint why exactly...but it did.

On Christmas Eve morning Cam and I headed
across the mountain and we were greeted with
snow, yes SNOW,  as it blew in every direction!
It was a beautiful unexpected suprise.
I did a lot of praying, Cam a lot of sleeping, and 
Sylvester (our silver 4-runner) a variety concert of Christmas tunes:)
It was imperfectly perfect.

I anxiously hurried through my day at work and FINALLY 
made it back home to celebrate with our families.  AND play Santa!
I stayed up til around 3am Christmas Eve still unable to find the time to bake
Santa the fresh cookies I wanted to leave for Cam's First Christmas.
Oh well. Another example, in which I am learning I can't do it all.
And I sadly accepted it and did what I could to make his First Christmas perfect.
AT LEAST his presents were wrapped!

Christmas Day was just as I imagined it would be.
Before the house hopping festivities began...we had our 3rd annual Mustache Christmas Breakfast!
One of my favorite traditions:)
And I have a little inkling it will be one of Cam's favorites as well!

BB, Joe Daddy, and KK are excellent breakfast chefs:)
And my family...well they make great fried apples and hold down the couch well!

I did put my mommy creativity to use and make a festive fruit reindeer since Cam requires approx 5000 snacks a day...

After the mustaches come off...(more of those in part two)
We have about 4 other places to visit, so we are always KILLED.
But we had a blast receiving/giving all the hugs, food, and gifts
...and celebrating the reason for this season...Jesus Birth!

Cam's favorite part of the day?  Curly ribbons.
Yep folks.  Give a 9 month old a curly ribbon for Christmas and you have made their life.
Who knew?

And now.  It's all over.
I think the day after Christmas is the saddest day of the year.
Especially when you have to work.

BUT.  I do have a few days off! :)
First couple since July when I first began my job...
And we are definitely trying to ride the last bit of 
holiday cheer out with our mini vacation to Tennessee.

I actually love it.  No work.  Continued basking in the glow of the Christmas trees.
And Christmas music continues to blare through the air everywhere we go.
While I am taking a bit of a break until the new year...
you can find daily updates on our trip from my mom's blog:)

Though it is inevitable that our sad lonely Christmas decorations await us at home to be taken down and stored away until next year... I AM getting a head start on planning Cam's 1st Birthday Party coming up in March:)
I can't believe I am planning his first birthday...
but what a blessing!

I've also had some fun planning some more fun for the remaining wintry days (crossing my fingers for some weekend snow storms), New Years, Super Bowl, and Valentines Day while I'm at it:)
The end of Christmas doesn't have to be the end of celebrations for the upcoming year...
Check out these new inspirations via my Pinterest boards here:

The rest of our Christmas pictures will come later, as my computer, rest its hardware, has bit the dust, and I am currently trying to blog from the Mr.'s old lap top-which doesn't allow my Canon pictures to be downloaded.  What. a. mess.
New computer in 2014?  One could only hope!
TN trip to be shared later as well!

Leave those trees up AT LEAST until New Years Day people!:)
Enjoy it while you can!

Shannon K said...

This is AWESOME Cass! Love you guys tons!

cassidy adams said...

Lol! Thanks Shan, we love and miss you guys! We need to get together more in 2014...capesh?:)