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It’s hard to pick my most favorite moment of Christmas.  I did really enjoy taking 7 month old Cash to the bathroom at church Christmas eve.  Because a little boy pointed to Cash and then asked his mom, “Is that the baby Jesus?”

I’d be so ridiculously famous if that was the case.

I did not enjoy realizing at 10:30 pm Christmas eve that I only had two rolls of wrapping paper. But that’s the kind of moment you really appreciate living in the United States. Sure, we eat too much fast food and we’re too materialistic and we go to war too quickly but hot damn, if you need wrapping paper at 10:30 pm on Christmas eve, there will be somewhere open to buy it!

We hosted 25 people on Christmas and I was reasonably calm because my sister and brother-in-law are fantastic cooks.

I spent 2 1/2 hours shopping for Christmas dinner and only forgot one item. Pine nuts. I did not realize my error until I was attempting to make Debbie’s famous kale salad on Christmas day.

Since all the stores were closed or at least any store that sells specialty nuts, I sent my mother out on a mission. Knock on doors wishing people a Merry Christmas and inquire whether they have pine nuts. And that woman delivered.

mom and pinenuts

As always, I really enjoyed spending time with my sister and her family who were in town from Memphis. I wanted to steal her little baby Callum but then I remembered that I had my own baby.

cash and callum

cash and kelcey

You know why I love my sister?! Because when we went out one night with our husbands, I was too cold and she was too hot, and so we just switched shirts at the table.

quinn and kelcey changing

(We were both wearing tank tops under our “going out” shirts so it made changing a snap.)

Meanwhile, I was so happy to get to the end of Elf on a Shelf’s 2013 run. I even got mildly creative and on the last night, he and Barbie perused the holiday cards.

Elf & Barbie

Unfortunately, I inadvertently left Barbie’s ass hanging out.

Elf and Barbie 2

Oh well.  I think we all know that it’s not really Christmas until Barbie has gotten naked with the Elf, you’ve made your mother trick or treat for pine nuts and you’ve changed clothes in the middle of a restaurant. Hope you had a fantastic holiday. xo

8 Responses to what happened to christmas?

  • Nancy Walton says:

    “. . .Barbie’s ass hanging out.” Delicious baby boy cousins. Your mother’s successful pine nut mission. Best. Holiday. Post. EVER!

  • Steph says:

    This post cracked me up. And I needed that ’cause we met family in Florida for holidays and my sweet daughter got the flu. She is recuperating now and we are crossing fingers no one else gets it. your mom & sis & babies are awesome. Saw your family pic on Miami tv commercial and told my mom I “know” that family:) Cheers!

  • Auntie T says:

    Love all the pics and stories! Did Susan meet any cute single neighbors while she was out there trolling for pine nuts? What a sport she is!
    Happy New Year to you all! XO 2015 Miami, here we come and I already have a plan…..mums the word!

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