Christmas 2016

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! We were so fortunate to be home and spending Christmas with my family this year.  Last Christmas, my family went to California and Zac and I were in Kansas enjoying Christmas with his family and his grandma, who was suffering from terminal cancer. Doctors guestimated she wouldn't live to see another Christmas, so those memories were truly treasured, as we knew a long standing tradition of Christmas at Grandma's was about to come to an end. 

Christmas 2016 was bittersweet for Zac and his family as they tried to be strong and continue Christmas traditions in honor of his Grandma. We weren't able to make it to Kansas this year since we both had to work the holidays, but we were able to spend a few hours of the day with my family before heading to work. 

Christmas morning, Zac and I got up and enjoyed our second Christmas together. We opened our gifts from each other and enjoyed a little us time together before we joined the rest of the family for Christmas festivities. Zac's mom sent us our Christmas gifts and they got here just in time to be opened on Christmas morning. His family was so thoughtful to send us gifts this year, even though we didn't plan to be with them for the holidays. Zacs mom also sent us a box of stocking stuffers with all sorts of delicious goodies, like caramelized pecans, beef jerky, candy, snicker doodle cookies, and my favorites, chocolate peanut clusters, yummy! 

These two crack me up. (Dad and Zac) 

She got a Micheal Kors purse for Christmas, so excited! 
My parents always buy each other scratch off's for Christmas 
Loving on their favorites, Justin Bieber and Barry Mannilow
We had a great Christmas followed by a delicious lunch prepared by Mom. She picked up a Honeybaked Ham and made our favorite sides. Before we sat down to eat, she started the meal with a letter. A letter that reminded of us of all the loved ones we've lost over the years that aren't able to be here today, a reminder of all that we have to be thankful, a reminder that not every year can we all join together, but the years that we can, we should be even more thankful and grateful for those memories and times shared together. It was a well written reminder to the family, and one that had everyone in tears by the end. Dad followed her speech with his lunch prayer, and then bon appetite. We were ready to eat. This was the first Christmas I'd been back home for since 2012, so it was nice to be back home again with my family for the Holidays. 

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! 

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