There are some days in my life that I'll never forget, and
this Christmas Eve will be one of those days.
First of all, having the Nies home all day for the past week has been a dream!
I love it so much!
Staying up late watching movies, sleeping in,
hanging around, playing games,
and lots of just doing our own things- but altogether.
It's really been a dream.
On Christmas Eve morning, Jane and I woke up early and headed into
Chapel Hill to take a Barre3 class from our cute friend, Hope.
Christian and the other Nies met us after class
and together we went on a hike.
The weather was chilly but very pleasant.
I'd prefer mounds of snow on this day,
but we really enjoyed a sunny hike together.
After we had lunch followed by Krispy Kreme AND Duck Donuts
for a treat. There are a few of us who prefer DD to KK (like me!).
We came home in the late afternoon and Jane and
I put up our luminaries around our house,
(which I named, the house on the 6th since our backyard
is on the 6th hole of a golf course).
I have been putting our luminaries out on
Christmas Eve since I was a little girl.
This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.
(My cousin, Sarah and I put up luminaries at my family
cabin in the Utah mountains).
We all showered and watched a movie (Encanto) then the
Nies opened their Christmas PJ's and I took the traditional
photo of them with their Norwegian trolls (for Umi!).
We watched my nephew, Clark's amazing drone YouTube channel
since he had put out a new video that included all the recent snow Utah got.
I have to admit, it made me homesick for the snow and Utah.
For dinner, I whipped up a charcuterie board with bubblie to drink.
We grazed at the kitchen island all evening eating yummy breads,
cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and delicious dips, jams, and jellies.
(I said that like Gru in my head).
Then we watched The Christ Child.
It was the perfect way to end this perfect day.
I am so thankful for my Savior, His birth, His life, and His redeeming love
for me and my family. I am grateful for the peace that only He can give, and
for the light that He only can bring.
What would Christmas Eve be without one of these photos?