Posted by: Lauren | December 26, 2009

joy the world

*this was started on Christmas and finished the following day 🙂

Merry Christmas, lovies! I have a lot of Christmas fun to catch up on. First I’ll start with the couples cookie swap party at Kim and Brett’s last week.

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Yeah, a lot of amazing cookies and amazing company! Sorry I didn’t get a whole group shot! I made the chocolate cookies with mint m&m’s. And look at this cutie pie!!!

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Joe and I were too excited and gave each other one gift on the 23rd…not even Christmas Eve. No patience! I gave him a Snapfish book I made of our Honeymoon and he gave me yummy tea.

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Then the next morning (Christmas Eve) Joe woke up and made us breakfast! He went on my blog and followed the recipe for chocolate chip-banana-whole wheat pancakes with peanut butter, and sausage. So cute and they were sooo good! My grandma gave me this cute snowman platter. I ate on this Rudolph plate my mentor teacher gave me from student teaching. 🙂

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We opened stockings!

Oh wow, Joe spoiled me.


Two boxes of Nunaturals Stevia packets, liquid Stevia drops, Sugar Cookie sleigh ride tea, Julie and Julia (love that movie!), a pink can opener (our old one was awful!), and a cute pink hands free bluetooth!

I gave him lots of candy and different kinds of K cups for our Keurig coffee maker, and a couple pairs of warm socks for his boots with work. My stocking gifts I got for him were boring compared to the ones he got for me!


We headed over to my parents’ house in the afternoon on Christmas Eve. My mom had the house decorated so beautifully. We had SOOO much rain (it seriously rained for well over 24 hours-it would’ve been so much snow!). The rain was freezing on the branches and it looked beautiful but made so many branches break off.

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Isn’t the tree so cute?! They bought this real tree (they always used to use an artificial) and it was so tiny. My dad wrote this story while we were eating appetizers from the perspective of this tree and It was the cutest, funniest, and sweetest story!!! We laughed, we cried. It was awesome. I want him to get it published. I may post it on the blog, but I don’t know. I don’t want it taken from him! hahaha


We went to church and came back and had delicious apps and dinner. We had shrimp, crab cakes, feta and caramelized onion tarts, chips and guac, nuts, etc. for apps. Then for dinner Mom made cheese ravioli, honeybaked turkey breast, mashed potatoes, sweet carrots, a big salad with sugared pecans and dried cranberries, bread, and I think I got it all? Cookies for dessert!

 IMG_3820 IMG_3858 IMG_3821 IMG_3829 IMG_3831 IMG_3836(Joe found a snuggie someone gave to my Mom! And I changed into pajamas before dinner  even started.)

Then it was present time. Oh geez. I hesitate to put this out there because I just feel really spoiled. I am incredibly blessed with family that loves me and is so generous in all ways. I don’t say this to brag, but just point out that I recognize how insanely generous this all is.

Joe gave me this:


A Canon Rebel T1i!!!

Whoa. baby.

I was squealing with delight!

Aaaand my parents gave us this:


Yay!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you Joe, Mom, and Dad!


Now, how do I sift through the HUNDREDS of pictures I’ve taken the past few days? I have so much to learn, but it’s been really fun snapping pictures left and right! Joe made breakfast with Katie and Sam on Christmas morning. I love his smileys.


We went to my Aunt Michelle and Uncle Gary’s later that day. I love my family and am so blessed.

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The night was filled with laughter, love, and good food. Thank you, Jesus! 


I think this was the longest post to date. If you stuck with me, thank you! And I hope you had a very Merry Christmas with your loved ones too.

Happy Birthday to my sweet sister-in-law, Anna! I’m so grateful to hang with my in-laws today! It has been snowing like crazy! Pictures of her day to come soon.

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11





  1. Great post Lauren, the pics turned out great. And it was a great Christmas. We are very blessed. Aunt Kathy

    • We really are. Love you guys!

  2. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Lauren!! You got the 2 prezzies I wanted most–a Canon Rebel and a Kitchenaid stand mixer!! You luck lady! I’m beyond extremely jealous right now. Your photos look fabulous too. Your hubby knows you so well with all those stocking gifts. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas 🙂

    • Allie, I would totally share! Yes, he’s a good one! 🙂

  3. so many lovely pictures! Wonderful, really.
    That baby is so adorable!! 🙂
    I’m jealous at your presents too, specially that from your parents 😛

    • Thank you! 🙂

  4. Hi Lauren,
    Happy New Year! I enjoyed reading your recent posts! God is so great! I loved seeing all of the pics. Okay, so I need that caramelized onion tart recipe. Do you have it? Oh, I noticed some sugar cookies with the candy cane kisses in the middle. They look yummy…..yours looked great. I made those too and did some with the candy cane kisses. Mmmmm! Oh, when we got married, Gma and Gpa gave us a Kitchen Aid mixer. It’s the best and a must have for a cook/baker like you!! Love that new camera! Love and miss you!

    • Hi Sharon, The tarts were from Trader Joe’s! Total cheat! 🙂 Katie made those cookies-they were delicious! Aw that was so sweet of Gma and Gpa, makes it extra special coming from your parents 🙂 Love you!

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