Santa Was VERY Good To Me!

Merrrrrry Christmas,everyone!! I hope that everyone is having a great day!


So far, my Christmas weekend has been absolutely fantastic. Now that the excitement of Christmas morning has settled down a bit and everyone is currently distracted by their own goodies, let me fill ya’ll in!

Yesterday afternoon, Jay and I headed over to his aunt’s house for a Christmas lunch.


His aunt had also made a pretty killer cocktail, which she called a “Poinsetta.” Apparently, it was made with cranberry juice, vodka, and champagne. Whatever it was, it was delicious…and I did my fair share on contributing to its disappearance. Winking smile


While we were there for lunch, Jay and I kept sneaking into the other room to try to catch some of the Jets game…


Turns out, I think we would have been better off not watching. Oh goodness gracious.


After lunch, we headed off to church and then over to my parents’ house.


Since it was just the four of us (my brother was on his way home from the Jets game) we kept things simple with a snacky sort of “dinner.”


Lots of munchies were had, including quite a few pieces of this. I couldn’t stop myself, honestly. It had to be removed from my hands. Ooof.


Fast-forward to this morning – Christmas morning!!

Jay and I were up bright and early to get our Christmas day started. First thing, we headed over to his parents’ house.


His parents know me too well…can’t you tell? Winking smile



There was also plenty of lotto ticket scratching happenin’!


I think Jay and I ended up winning about $10. Hey, better than nothing, right?


His mom also got us the adorable little Charlie Brown tree, which had some gift cards hanging off of it. It’s so stinkin’ cute!


After we left my in-laws, we headed back over to my parents’ house again for Christmas breakfast. It wouldn’t be Christmas without our favorite breakfast!

christmas 2011

Of course, mimosas were also necessary. Smile



This Overnight French Toast is just the best. I think this may have been about our 15th year having it on Christmas morning (we’ve been using the same recipe that I got in my home & careers class since 7th grade).


After breakfast, it was time to open stockings and presents!



As usual, there were plenty of shenanigans between me and the brother.




Santa didn’t forget about Jay – he got some fun goodies, including pitching lessons and a new vacuum for our pool.




I think Mom & Dad also loved our big gift to them – they’re going on their first all-inclusive vacation to Jamaica in April, so we got them a private, candlelight dinner on the beach for while they’re there.


I remember seeing a few couples doing the same thing when Jay and I were on our honeymoon in St. Lucia, so I think they’re really going to enjoy it. Smile

Now I must say…I don’t know what I did right this year, but Santa was very, VERY good to me!


My house is going to be filled to the brim with this saying. Winking smile


A new Coach bag. Looooove it.


New Uggs…and I didn’t even ask for them this year! Apparently my original tan ones were lookin’ a little too scrappy.


Then there was a little excitement that took place…


I was SHAKING I was so excited…




I *finally* got my “Big Girl” camera! The Canon Rebel T3!


I’ve been asking for this camera for a couple of years now, but I honestly did not expect that it was going to be a reality. OMG OMG OMG!

I am SO excited to start playing around with it…unfortunately, I have to wait for the darn batter to finish charging. Wouldn’t you think they’d give you the battery fully charged so the super-excited recipients can start playing with it right away?!?!?!

Hey, I’m totally not complaining. Smile

Time to get back to the fam…and hopefully get started playing with my new camera soon!

**I hope everyone is having a very Merry Christmas and that Santa has been very good to you!**


  1. says

    Merry Christmas, Courtney! Your appetizer spread looks identical to ours here in Illinois. We did a big dinner yesterday and I’m sure we will do the same today! The camera!!!! That is super exciting for you, I’m sure! Enjoy it!! Merry Christmas to you and your family :)
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  2. says

    What a fun Christmas! I can’t wait to see how your pictures change with the new camera. You’ll have to share the tips and tricks you learn along the way!

  3. says

    That is so cool! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas. :)

    I got a babycakes Cupcake maker with a recipe book, tips, and a frosting bag, a 19” TV with Modern Family season 2 and Body of Proof season 1 DVDs, some clothes, a Kindle case for my Kindle, some gloves, a pair of Dearfoam slippers (probably the softest slippers ever), and a couple books (the parody of Goodnight Moon, Goodnight iPad- it’s hilarious, as well as a book on the puppeteer who made up the helium balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade).
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  4. jessica says

    You know your coach is FAKE right? At least get a fake bag that is a replica of their own design. And just FYI coach never covers their handles in plastic.

    • Courtney says

      Yup! I sure do. Honestly, I don’t really care whether it’s fake or real…I still think it’s super cute. Plus, it was a gift, so it’s the thought that counts, right? :)


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