We stayed at my mama's house, which is the very house I grew up in:
Georgia: where people have yards and fences
There are always a zillion things to do when we're home for the holidays. Just about my entire extended family lives in Georgia, and many of my oldest friends do, as well. Frankly, it's impossible to fit everything in in just one week.
On Friday night, the day after we'd gotten into town, I left Matt at home and my mama, sister, and I drove out to my aunt's in the country for her annual Christmas girls' night (we're all girl cousins). We eat, drink, laugh, and play games--it's lots of fun. I took this picture, which is a terrible, badly-lit iPhone picture, but you can get an idea, at least:
I seriously need to invest in a camera.
My aunt Pat, the one with the little dog in her lap, lives in a beautiful, cabin-esque house in the country. She decks it out at to the nines at Christmas. See what I mean?
As usual, we spent Christmas Eve with my dad and stepmom, and Christmas day at my mama's with her whole extended family. My dad made Brunswick Stew (at Matt's request) and a delicious potato soup for me, and we opened gifts by the tree as Dad pulled out his inappropriate, raucous monkey puppet, Marv.
Here, Marv is claiming to be Beyonce's real baby daddy.
It was nice and cold on Christmas Day (though sadly, no snow this year), and we welcomed family & friends over to my mama's house throughout the day. It's always so good to see everyone . . . but by the end of the night, I'm exhausted! I didn't take enough pictures, but here are a couple I snapped:
Matt opening gifts from my family
Mama, very excited about the power drill we got her!
Leon, basking in the glow of the Christmas tree
Adam and Jason, two of my besties who just bought their first house together!
I wish I'd been a better documentarian on our trip (and used a real camera). We squeezed a lot into this trip--Matt and I went to see this incredible band of four sisters with one of my oldest friends, Lane; we trekked out to Jasper, Georgia, to see the town that shares a name with Matt's son (and visited a gun/hunting store with more camo-wearing men than I cared to count); visited with my friends Laura and Zach and their darling son, Slate; and spent some time cuddling with my oldest friend Lesley's new baby, Phoebe:
Be still my heart!
Oh, and my cousin Ashley cut nearly 10 inches off my hair. I went to her salon and in a sudden act of bravery, asked her to just chop it. I'm still adjusting, but overall, I like it. Here's a picture:
The shortest it has been in at least ten years!
Tell me all about your holidays! What you did, what you gave, what you received, etc. etc. I want to hear it all!