Love and Food in the Big D

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Three Weeks Later... A Kelley Family Christmas 2013

So let’s just pretend that this long over-due Christmas post is my sorry attempt to keep the holiday spirit alive.  ;)  Three weeks later and Santa still lives on.  ;)  The tree may have officially come down at our house…but you can most definitely find remnants of the holidays here and there.   So... I’m thinking that as long as our neighborhood still has Christmas wreaths up at our neighborhood entry..and there are houses still with Christmas lights up, I’m still good..don't ya think? ;)   

I've FINALLY crawled out of nearly a month and a half of feeling like CRAP.. (which started with a cold that Everleigh got right after Thanksgiving.. which then morphed into allergies and a sinus infection that then turned into what I think was a full blown flu!!).  Of course the icing on the cake was getting laryngitis on Jan. 3rd…after starting to feel better from everything else.. AND STILL haven’t fully gotten my voice back to normal yet!!  Oy vey... to say that the Kelley household was in a bit of a funk.. is an understatement. 

Regardless, Everleigh’s finally snotLESS, I’m finally starting to feel normal again and my chef is on the mend after finally going to the Dr. for antibiotics for a sinus/chest infection.  

Thank Heavens for finally seeing the light...and for a truly wonderful Christmas with both sets of parentals, Chad's sister Christy and her kiddos (our niece Kenzie and nephew Logan :)  

A Kelley Family Christmas, in pictures.  (Sorry.. it's a long one.)  

Everleigh's first Santa experience, the weekend before my parents came into town.. 
Went pretty well I think.  ;) 

A couple days before Christmas, Grandpa and Grandma Maldonado came with gifts in tow..
Presents came early this year..and Everleigh LOVED IT!  :) 

Everleigh and Grandpa "fighting" over bunny :)

Christmas time silliness

My little Mexican White girl.. La Guera Paletera :)
Of course Grandma INSISTED that we put together Everleigh's gift...
And Everleigh INSISTED on sitting in it the whole time we were trying to assemble it.  ;) 
"Quality Control Bear."

Heroh?!  HEROOOHH?! 

After a somewhat traditional Christmas Eve spent baking (and decorating) cookies for Santa and the reindeer.. (the reindeer also got cut up oranges as an extra little treat for working so hard that night ;) ... and gorging ourselves on tamales that my parents brought up from back home, we ALL woke up the next morning anxious and ready to take on Christmas day.  ;)  

Logan and Kenzie opening their stockings.. :)

Everleigh...excited about her car... AGAIN.  ;) 


Time for breakfast! :)

Hours and hours of entertainment with those bracelets! :)

Before the Christmas feast graced our "never been used" dining table!  :)  

A traditional homemade lunch made by my Chef.  :) 



Someone seems excited about lunch!  :)



White Elephant time for the adults :)  


Ending the night with a little Face Time with the Maldonado's back home :)  

And silliness with Grandpa.  :)


That's a wrap!
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas  :)