Monday, January 15, 2018

Christmas Bucket List 2017 - What We Accomplished

I know everyone is completely over Christmas at this point, but I haven’t recapped our Christmas Bucket List yet, so I thought I would do that today!  Normally I would have taken the day off since it’s a holiday, but this one was pretty easy to throw together aaaand I want it out of the way!

O N E – Decorate

CHECK!  This year was probably my favorite year for decorations because it was the first year decorating my bar cart for Christmas!  You can see the house all decked out here!

T W O – Select Kids from the Giving Tree at Church

CHECK!  This year we selected a boy and a girl and we loaded them up with lots of goodies!

T H R E E – Celebrate 10 Years

CHECK!  B took the day off and he and I spent the day shopping, eating, and watching a movie.  It was wonderful having him all to myself for a whole day… I’m hoping that we can start doing this more often!  Post here.

F O U R – North Pole Breakfast

CHECK!  Our very first North Pole breakfast is in the books and it was a success!  Our elf, Cheek, brought donuts, gingerbread men, candy canes, and marshmallows for breakfast and he also brought new ornaments for the kids!  Post here.

F I V E – Christmas Tree Lighting for Brian’s Company

CHECK!  The actual lighting was rained out, but we still attended.  This year in addition to all of the usual festivities they had super heroes and princesses and I think the kids loved them so much they didn’t even care that we didn’t get to celebrate the actual lighting of the tree!  Post here.

S I X – Christmas Tree Lighting Downtown

CHECK!  We had a blast with my friend Katie and her two littles strolling around downtown, listening to carolers, and checking out all of the trees.  It was a fun evening!  Post here.

S E V E N – Breakfast with Santa

CHECK!  We attended Breakfast with Santa at the school and it was a lot of fun.  We dined on pancakes, bacon, sausage, and fruit, and then the kids got to jump up on Santa’s lap for a bit.  They chatted his ear off!  Post here.

E I G H T – Watch Georgia Play in the SEC Championship Game

CHECK!!  AND WE WON!!!!  SEC CHAMPIONS 2017, BABY!  Post here.

N I N E – Annual Girls’ Scarf & Ornament Exchange

CHECK!  We held our annual exchange at Bonefish this year.  All of us girls had a couple of rounds of Winter White Cosmos and we passed around scarves and ornaments followed by a delicious dinner.  It’s one of my favorite nights of the whole year and this year’s festivities didn’t disappoint!  Post here.

T E N – Aaaallll the Christmas movies!

CHECK!  The Santa Clause, Elf, The Polar Express, Love Actually, The Holiday, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Home Alone 2… and I even snuck in a Netflix Christmas movie called The Christmas Prince.  SO many good ones!

E L E V E N – Ramp Up Our Elf on the Shelf Game

CHECK!  This year, instead of just moving him around, he also got into some mischief.  From making snow angels in the flour to bathing in a bowl full of marshmallows, I think the kids got a kick out of his shenanigans this year!  Let’s see what all he did, shall we?

T W E L V E – Fantasy in Lights

CHECK!  We almost didn’t make it because we had too much going on leading up to Christmas, and then the week after Christmas it was FREEEEZING so we kept avoiding it.  However, on January 4, we randomly decided to just go and ride through in our own car with the heater on and the windows down and we had a great time!  It didn’t quite have the same affect since Christmas was long over, but I was glad that we made it.  Post here.

T H I R T E E N – Drive Around and Look at Lights

CHECK!  The Friday evening leading up to Christmas we loaded the kids and the car and we drove around for a couple of hours hitting up all of our favorite neighborhoods looking at lights.  Post here.

F O U R T E E N – Visit With the Mall Santa

CHECK!  It’s been a tradition since Jacob was born, so of course, we had to go back this year, too!  Post here.

F I F T E E N – Indulge in at Least One Peppermint Mocha

CHECK!  And it was worth every penny!

S I X T E E N – New Ornaments for Each of the Kids

CHECK!  This year, Jacob got a Darth Vader ornament and Olivia got a Belle ornament. 

S E V E N T E E N – Send Out Christmas Cards

CHECK!  Signed, sealed, and delivered!  Post here.

E I G H T E E N – Atlanta Botanical Gardens Christmas Lights

We never made it to this, but I figured if there was anything we didn’t do, this would be the one.  I really, really want to try to get to Atlanta next Christmas to see it, though.  I’ve heard nothing but great things.

N I N E T E E N – Christmas Eve Childrens’ Mass

CHECK!  This year’s mass was a success!  Post here.

T W E N T Y – Host Christmas

This is one that we can’t check off of the list this year BUT it’s actually a good thing, because it means that my cousin who is being treated for cancer was actually well enough to come home so her parents (my aunt and uncle) who usually host were able to resume their hosting duties.  As much as I would have loved to host, this was even better.

T W E N T Y – O N E – Serve a Signature Christmas Cocktail

CHECK!  We may not have hosted, but gosh darnit, I still served a delicious one on Christmas Eve!  And stay tuned, because I will be sharing the recipe later this week!  Post here.

T W E N T Y – T W O – Snow Mountain in Atlanta

Well, we haven’t made it there yet, but we are toying around with the idea of going in a couple of weekends.  Therefore, I can’t say whether or not we will be able to check this one off the list or not.  I’m sure hoping so, though!  We did have a little dusting of snow at our house, so for now I’m just going to count that.  ;o)

In addition to all of these things the kids also baked Christmas cookies with Nana, we made gingerbread houses, we attended each of the kids’ Christmas programs at school, we took the kids to see The Star, and we did lots of other wonderful things and made the most amazing memories.  Oh how I love that time of year!

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  1. Your bar cart is so cute!! I just love how you decorated it for Christmas!! Happy Monday!!

  2. I LOVE how you do December!!!!! Enjoy the day off! xo

  3. y'all had a great and big December! So many fun things!!

  4. Hey I’d say that was a big success!! You got so much done. What a fun month with so many memories you created together!!

  5. I am super excited for that drink recipe!! And I love love loved your Christmas decorations!! You guys lived it up this Christmas!

  6. SO much fun and so many memories made! I miss Christmas already!!

  7. I actually got excited this was a Christmas post! I was just thinking yesterday how I'm so sad the season is over and it went by way too fast (always does) - you guys ROCKED your holiday season, seriously!!!

  8. You guys rocked Christmas this year!!! So much fun!!

  9. Your Christmas season was so fun! I can't wait to start new traditions when we have babies to do them with!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  10. What a fun Christmas season for your family! It seems to all be such a blur of excitement and fun. I love the bar cart!

  11. This just reminds me that we can have more fun and get more done with a list. ;)

    Thanks for the chance to link up and share.

  12. You guys did so well with your Christmas list! I loved looking at the pictures, but now I am missing Christmas something fierce!

  13. I watched a Christmas Prince too; we started watching holiday movies so early that I ran out by Christmas so I watched a few of them on Netflix.

    1. Same here! Haha. Next year I'm aiming to watch even more!

  14. You got so much done!! I love all the chalkboard so much! :) I totally wanted to do a North Pole breakfast, but I didn't get to it.

  15. I'm sad the holidays are over. Winter just doesn't have the same feel without them. I love everything you were able to do in December. What great memories!


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