Merry (almost) Christmas! I was so glad I had the chance to head back to St. Louis this past weekend for some long over due family time. In just the 58 hours back home, we squeezed in a LOT of fun. We starting off the weekend we celebratory drinks and pinterest fest for my newly engaged sister, and ended the weekend with the Garth Brooks/Trisha Yearwood concert (which was AMAZING btw!)
Garth’s Dad’s Birthday. He’s much to handsome to be this damn old. 😉
Dad labeled us with our alter egos.
The night was complete with our version of sips and splatters ornament painting and twin trivia.
Then we decorated Fort Whitney with some Christmas spirit.
Every year at Christmas I am in aww of the beautifully decorated trees on pinterest. Or how about the trees at the mall? You know, were all the ribbons, and lights, and ornaments match perfectly. Well I can’t speak for you, but the Whitney tree is still the most beautiful tree I have ever seen. It’s not because it matches, to be honest. its really a hodgepodge of colors and shapes crammed on to every branch. I love our tree because it is FULL of wonderful memories. Each year we add a memory (or two or three) to the tree. I absolutely love digging out the ornaments each year and laughing at the funny memories and reminiscing of years past. I snapped a few photos this to share some Whitney classics.
First off, Mom was kind enough to hand-me-down the Asian santas to George (remember how he has trouble keeping his eyes open for photos?) These squinty eyed santas will be a perfect addition to our KC Christmas.
This Christmas will be our first spent with out Zorro. He used to love the festivities, you could tell my his extra long naps. He especially loved when we put the blow up deer antlers on this head.
Up next, Shannon’s personal favorite: Julie “the brace face”. Shannon was the only Whitney child who never wore braces, which also means she is the only Whitney child that does not have an embarrassing ornament to remember the awkward middle age years with a mouth full of metal. Mom wanted to make sure we remember ALL the big events in our lives no matter how embarrassing.
The cheer squad. Not only did mom shop for memorable ornaments, but some times the relatives joined in on the fun. I guess cheerleader ornaments are easy to find, because we have a whole squad on the tree. I think we counted 6? I brought a few of the cheerleaders to KC this year too. Below is a personal favorite, we call her DD Cheerleader, due to her large…um…pom poms.
Next up are the photo ornaments. It seems like we made one every year at school. Here are the highlights.
Chubby santa baby 🙂
About 3 years old I think.It’d hard to tell because I wore this christmas dress a few years…then I wore Shannon’s matching dress for a few years after. #littlesisterlove
Christmas Brownie (1st grade?)
1999 was a good year for me. Denim dress, striped turtle neck and sleep in foam rollers. Oh the price of beauty.
I call this one my “Mona Lisa smile”. This was 5th grade I think. I was very self conscious of my pre-braces smile, and tried to smile without showing my crooked teeth. I swear I was not this serious all the time.
Skipping a few years to high school graduation, oh the memories.
Each year it is tradition to get a god-child ornament from my god mother. This little bear for my third Christmas has always been my favorite.
What a nerd!
Seeing my field hockey ornaments and photos in my room really have me missing my CJA team.
Simba and Nala are some long time favorites. We used to play barbies with the Nativity set. Baribe and friends would travel from afar to see their Aunt Mary and new baby cousin Jesus. Sometimes Simba and Nala would come too.