Thursday, January 2, 2014

Holiday Wrap Up; Parties and All

Wow the holidays came and went so fast. We had a whirlwind of parties and family gatherings and really great times. My hubby has two weeks off over the holidays so I really enjoy the time and his help just makes the hectic getting ready so much easier.

So here are a few of us through all the festivities.
On Christmas Eve we attend an annual party at my best friend's house. Their party is the kick off to our holiday happenings.

 Before we left the house though we had to check on Santa's where abouts via Norad. Our five year old was really into the whole magical part of the season this year. Great fun

Come Christmas morning some much wanted gifts were found under the tree. I love Christmas morning and you can read my thoughts on it here.

After a morning of coffee and bagels we headed to my sister in laws for brunch. I was so happy to have my oldest make it for Christmas day as she had to work late into the night on Christmas Eve.

This year we decided to host a New Year's Eve party dancing and all. We literally moved the house around to clear the den for dancing. It was fun to get the house all ready and look forward to the party. Here I am with my sister in law and one of my daughters. I am short aren't I? I need to wear higher heels or something. I bought my first new dress in years. It was really fun to get all dressed up.

This isn't the best photo of us but it was taken just after midnight but I just love the photo bomb by our friend in the background. Too funny in his party hat and New Year's glasses.
We danced for about five hours total I think and it was so fun. Today for New Year's we were dragging a bit but went to my inlaws for dinner and to celebrate one of my girl's birthdays.

Happy New Year to you all and I will share the rest of the party decor picks on Saturday.
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  1. It looks like a great Christmas and New Year for you and your friends and family Elaine! You look so pretty in your new dress, and how lucky that your husband gets those two weeks off! Wishing you all the best in 2014:>)

  2. You all look lovely, and your daughters are taller then you...see you are not short, you are petite.

    Happy New years.


  3. You look so pretty, Elaine! Your girls are growing-up so fast, and your family is stunningly gorgeous! Good genes!


  4. Looks like it was all a lot of fun. You are just the cutest little thing.

  5. Sounds like a really fun time! You all look so festive dressed up for your party.
    Happy New Year!

  6. You and all the ladies look beautiful! Happy new year and lots of fun too!

  7. It's true~people in CA are gorgeous and not an overweight one in the bunch! I watched Santa on Norad too and I'm a Grandma living alone...I LOVE Santa! What fun you had and what a gorgeous couple you and your husband make. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  8. How fun to have friends over for a New Years Party and to dance!! Happy New Year to you and your lovely family!!

  9. Looks like fun times!!! Great photos ~ I love the Midnight photo bomber!! You have a beautiful family.

  10. Looks like fun was had by all. And for the last picture, you look itty bitty. Your hubby's hands are almost bigger than you are =) You two make a cute couple. Happy New Year =)