We had a wonderful 4-day Christmas weekend together here in the desert. I think that CAhusband and I were both a little nervous that Christmas wouldn't be quite as special this year since we weren't going to be with any of our family, but we still managed to have a wonderful time.
Our holiday weekend started off on Friday when we headed to Manhattan Beach. We had some friends that were having an engagement party in Palos Verdes, so we decided to make a night of it. We had a great time at their party celebrating their engagement and meeting their family and friends.
The only pic of CAhusband and I at the party is this one I borrowed from my friend, but I wore this emerald green pleated dress from ASOS for their party.
Christmas Eve morning we enjoyed brunch by the beach and walked around the town. It was the perfect little getaway that helped make our first Christmas alone a little more special.
On Christmas Eve we went to the early family service at church, then stopped by some friends for a glass of wine before coming home to a yummy dinner of filet and twice baked potatoes.
Although I will always miss having a white Christmas, one of my favorite Christmas moments was watching CAhusband outside by the pool and firepit, enjoying some eggnog, and playing with the dogs. I really think I could get used to 70 degrees at Christmas with moments like that.
We then finished the night watching The Santa Clause 3 and had a little photo shoot with the dogs by the Christmas tree.
Christmas Day was wonderful and relaxing. Although it was hard not seeing family, it was kind of amazing to stay in our PJ's all day without worrying about leaving the house. We both received some wonderful gifts, and CAhusband definitely spoiled me this year!
We then played with CAhusband's new Keurig, and enjoyed a breakfast of egg casserole, cinnamon rolls, and mimosas! We then finished off our lazy Christmas Day by watching Christmas Vacation and The Help.
Our long Christmas weekend was then complete with a relaxing Monday at home with the dogs. We were pretty lazy all day (again) and then had a great little date night seeing Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol with dinner at Tommy Bahamas. We both really enjoyed the movie, and it was the perfect end to a wonderful weekend together.
Lastly I leave you with some pictures of our tree from this year, which I forgot to share until now!
Every year we fill in our tree a little more, which I love. Next year I hope to add some more bows and new ribbon, but overall, I think it's a pretty perfect tree.
I ordered our 2011 Family Ornament from Coton Colors. It is personalized with all of our names (us + dogs) and the year. I love how it turned out... too cute!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!