Starting a Tradition

This is the first Christmas I’ve been away from home. Although I am missing my family and the traditions we have back there, I’m trying to take this as an opportunity to start some new traditions and remember that my home now is with T.J. and baby Eva. So, this morning, we decided we would open up our presents for each other and from my family since we would be spending the weekend with T.J.’s family.

The first Christmas present I received was from Eva. She slept from midnight to five and then five thirty to eight thirty. Thank you Baby Eva! And then the next present I received was from T.J. He stayed up with Eva so I could sleep until ten AND he made breakfast for us! Cinnamon pancakes!

After breakfast, we opened up presents. We considered getting ready first, but we knew we wanted to wear some of the presents we were going to open… so that’s why we look so mangily. It’s part of the holiday fun, right?

Baby Eva in her Christmas outfit

Ornament from Grandma Swainhart

Presents to T.J. from my parents

Baby Eva loves her new book from Gma and Gpa Swainhart

Christmas present from T.J… I love this movie and if you haven’t seen it, you should go see it now!

A calligraphy set from my sister Ashley!

Starting his collection of Jessica Hische books. T.J. is obsessed with her typography and illustration work.

Baby’s 1st Christmas ornament from Aunt Ashley!


T.J. made me this amazing letterpress artwork. It made me cry!

Giving thanks to T.J. for the thoughtful gift!

Caught these two napping together when I got out of the shower. Adorable, right?

It’s not even the end of Christmas and it’s already been great. We are SO blessed! I forgot to take pictures of all the gifts from my all of siblings and parents, but I am so thankful for my family and their generosity! We are missing all of you and hope to see you soon!

And to the rest of you… Merry Christmas! Hope to see many Christmas blog posts from all of you bloggers!


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