An early Christmas celebration

Happy December, everyone! Smile

Well, we’re finally back in Georgia.  We had a great week in Florida with our family.

Here’s just a little recap of our week …

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we packed up the car and hit the road.


Addie did a great job.  We only had to make one stop, and we arrived at my mom’s house in Sarasota in under 8 hours.  Whoo-hoo!


Sleeping beauty. Winking smile

On Monday, Brandon and I left Addie with my mom and we took a quick trip to the beach.


I had originally wanted to take Addie with us, but we decided it was too windy for her on that particular day.  Hopefully we can try again on the next trip!

On Tuesday, we met up with Addie’s cousins for a visit to Santa.


On Wednesday morning, Brandon went golfing while us girls hung out around the house.


Thursday, of course, was Thanksgiving!

My mom, Brandon, and I feasted on plenty of Thanksgiving treats (more details on the food later this week!) …


… while Addie tried to sneak a peek at a few gifts. Winking smile


On Friday, Brandon went golfing with his brother again.  In the meantime, Addie and I visited with a couple of my friends from grad school and their kiddos.  That evening, Brandon and I had a date night while GiGi put Addie down for the night.

Then on Saturday, we celebrated Christmas a little early. Smile


Since we won’t be with Brandon’s brother and his family on Christmas, we decided to make November 30th Christmas instead!


Addie had a great time opening gifts with her cousins.



Mostly she just wanted to eat the paper.  No surprise there.


And as always, I had to be the bad guy who fished the paper out of her mouth!


Goofy girl!

Addie really made out like a bandit.  She got some new clothes, books, and toys.


Probably the coolest gift was a drum set, which included several other instruments: jingle bells, a tambourine, a clacker, and maracas. 


It should have also come with a bottle of Advil. Smile with tongue out  Thanks in advance for the headaches, Christi and Matt!

(I kid, I kid!)

On Sunday, we packed up the car again and headed home.


This time, the drive was a bit more challenging, due to some holiday traffic.  But after almost 9 hours, we arrived home, safe and sound!

And that was our holiday week!  I hope everyone else had a great holiday, as well! Smile

Question for ya …

What did you do over the weekend?

Anyone else travel for the holiday?  Where did you go?

Would you rather be in warm weather or cold weather for the holidays?

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14 Responses to An early Christmas celebration

  1. Nicole

    The beach looks lovely!
    I appreciate the change of seasons and the cold weather but ask me again in February!

    • notsodomesticated

      Haha yeah January and February are the worst months to live up north!

  2. Cheri Mcguire

    Awww…awww…and awwww….I love going thru your week with great pictures and story. Can’t wait to come and visit…..I get excited just thinking about it. (and even a little giggly :-)

  3. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    I’m so impressed that you only had to make one stop on the way there! It sounds like it was a great week of celebrating the holidays!
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  4. Avery @ YoungAspirations

    Looks like you guys had a great Thanksgiving! :) We were in Atlanta for thanksgiving and I thought of you! Addie looks so big here – does she always suck those two fingers? When my sister was little she always used to suck on her middle and ring fingers on one hand. It was the funniest thing!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yes she loves those couple of fingers! She typically sucks them when she’s falling to sleep. It’s so cute!

  5. Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life

    I seriously think Addie could win a cutest baby contest! Seriously, can she get any more adorable?! So glad you were able to have a great early Christmas! Seeing Addie playing with the wrapping paper had to bring such joy to you and Brandon!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Jana!! We think she’s cute but of course, we’re biased. ;)

  6. Annette@FitnessPerks

    I love the pics of the kiddos in front of the tree!!

    How fun that you celebrated Christmas a bit early with family? I love that idea. so much.

    I can’t believe you did it with a baby for 8 hour drive? IMpressive Addie!
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    • notsodomesticated

      This was her 3rd car trip. We drove to Florida when she was 3 weeks and to Ohio when she was 3 months. The trip to Ohio was the longest and I didn’t enjoy it too much. But this time wasn’t bad! :)

  7. Joanna @ Midwestern Bite

    LOVE the Santa picture!!! P screamed his head off last year when we took him. We are still trying to decide if we want to chance it this year . . .
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yeah she didn’t love Santa too much, either. She cried right after that picture was taken!

  8. Jen@PregnantDiabetic

    My oldest got that music set as a Christmas gift when he turned 1, he’s 11 now, but it was a favorite toy for YEARS!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh that’s so cool! She’s already loving it!

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