We drove up to my in-laws Friday after work to have dinner and see all their holiday decorations.
It was decked out indeed! A lot of the outside pictures of the house are too dark so I didn't post them.
Here are some of the inside shots though. Pretty tree.
Then my MIL showed us what her and FIL got each other for Christmas. This awesome piece by artist Bob Timberlake. It's Grandfather Mountain during the winter. I LOVE..LOVE..LOVE Grandfather Mountain so I would love to have one of these.
It's a limited edition though so we'll see.
FIL cooked us an AMAZING dinner of roasted red pepper pasta..
And.. filet in a merlot reduction sauce. YUMMY!!!! I'm not a huge steak person but this was awesome!
Saturday we came back to Charlotte and got ready for our Christmas dinner and gift exchange at my BIL and SIL's house.
Buddy got decked out for the family fun!
BIL whipped up a prime rib.
While it was cooking we snacked on goose breast compliments of FIL.
Elfie was 'hanging' out in the kitchen keeping an eye on the little ones the entire time.
We decided to let nephew Reed open one of his gifts early. We got him the Sweet Smells of Christmas.
I remember this scratch and sniff book when I was a kid -- and of course, he thought it was cool too.
Loved watching him sniff it! So cute!
Robyn and Jeff's house was decked out with Christmas decorations! Two trees, wreaths, lights, the works!
She looked good too!! 3 chemos down as of today and 3 more to go!! woohoo!
We don't generally exchange gifts with Jeff and Robyn but she picked me up this cute little apron anyhoo!
How cute is it with the pearls and skirt! She said she couldn't resist because it screamed 'Dee'!
Then it was time to open gifts! Even Buddy got in on the action!
Paige totally loves her copy of Fleurdelicious, the book my friend Renee, co-wrote. So cute. You have to pick up a copy!
We got Reed a baseball toy he wanted and I found Paige this little apron while in the mountains this October. Cute or what?
They are ready for Santa! Less than one week to go!
STEPHENS LAKE HOUSE
What happens on the deck stays on the deck
I thought it was too cute and fun!
Love this picture of Robyn and Reed.
Can't forget Buddy's gift from Grammy and Papa. A Virginia Tech visor to wear on the pontoon this spring and summer!!
Brad got a sorter for all his change from his pockets. I'll be glad to get it out of the jars and organized.
A bottle of wine for me. It's from NASCAR team owner Richard Childress' winery. He and artist Bob Timberlake signed it since Bob designed the label.
The Stephens men. Brad, his dad and BIL Jeff.
An attempt at a family photo. Buddy's eyes are glowing.
After our gift exchange we ate dinner and it was wonderful! Even baby bear got a taste from Paigee!
And..the night was topped off with another reading of Fleurdelicious. In this scene of the book she's at Superbowl with the Saints! Awesome or what?