Early Christmas

The boys go with their father’s family for Christmas every other year, so on those years we have to do our Christmas with the boys early, otherwise we wouldn’t be doing it until January. This year our Christmas fell on Sunday, December 16. All around it was incredibly delightful. The boys loved their presents and for the first time, I really felt like Rudy understood what was going on when it came to opening gifts.

What made this year a little extra special for us parents is that for the first time since 2008, Caleab and I bought each other gifts. We didn’t have a huge spending limit, but it was the thought and love put into each present that gave them each tremendous value (wow, am I corny). The five gifts that Caleab gave me proved to me all over again just how well he knows me. I absolutely loved them all, which included a handful of books (I count a boxed set of 5 books as one present plus one stand alone book), a record, a bag that I’ve had my eye on for some time and, for your viewing pleasure, the cutest little Bilbo Baggins I ever did see.

Shall we be best friends forever and ever, Bilbo? Good, I think we should, too.

Shall we be best friends forever and ever, Bilbo? Good, I think we should, too.


To Sir, With Love

A present.

I get so much incredible joy out of giving gifts. I love putting thought and love into each and every gift I give. I love to see the receiver’s reaction, especially, of course, when I’ve hit the nail on the head. It is most certainly my absolute favorite part about the holidays. (I really adore getting gifts, too, don’t get me wrong!)

To me, part of gift giving is the presentation. I really try to put some pride into my wrapping jobs. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or over the top. In fact, I feel like the more simple and classic, the better.

This year is the first year since 2008 that Caleab and I are getting gifts for each other. I am so excited about exchanging with him. This is one of my presents to him. (I addressed the gift tag with our middle names on this gift, in case there was some confusion as to the “James” and “Nichole” instead of “Caleab” and “Erica”.)


To you, from me.


Please excuse my lack of posting, most of the family, but most especially poor Rudy Mae, has been very sick the last week and a half. I’m just now finally getting a chance to make a fresh post and I must say that I am excited about it. We decorated for the holidays the Monday after Thanksgiving (I believe that was the topic of my blog two posts ago) but I hadn’t gotten the stockings up yet because we were trying to decide on the best place for them still. Yesterday as I was cleaning the heck out of our home, I decided to just throw them up myself and I am thrilled with them. I absolutely adore how they look and, yes, it made me even more excited about Christmas. (And you thought that wasn’t possible!)

I cannot wait to fill these beauties with goodies and see the faces of our children as they open them. Sometimes stockings can be more fun than presents!