Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Mary Little Christmas

Clover and I went over to my mom’s on Wednesday for an early Christmas celebration with her and my sisters and the cousins. Here I am by the tree with little Miss Mary Christmas herself.

Mom in the kitchen with my sister Val. For lunch, she cooked up a delicious veggie lasagna with garlic bread and I whipped up my signature salad, super simple and always a crowd pleaser, I'll have to tell you about it sometime.

My mom and her husband love hunting down treasures at flea markets and antique stores and have a home full of wonderful finds. I loved the fun contrast of festive touches and funny little Christmasy critters against their Native American/Mexican/Southwest/folk art inspired decor.

They've got an amazing collection of blankets and rugs too. That was their sweet cat Buddy sprawled out on one of them. Poor thing was limping around all day with an injured paw :(

Kitchen coziness.

Wednesday afternoon was the only time that worked out for all us girls to get together. Unfortunately for our men folk, they had to work, making it just the girls this year, which was actually kind of fun.

Speaking of the girls, I've already introduced my Mom and Val. I'm the oldest of four and Val (closest to me in age) is two years younger. That's my youngest sister Julia (by 10 years) in the gray cardigan on the couch and my niece Sadie (Val's oldest daughter) sitting on the floor in the back.

Mary amidst the flurry of present opening. We just did presents for the kids this year and they had the living room floor covered in paper in a matter of moments. So fun to watch.

That's my sister Shayna (8 years younger) with her son Austin on her lap. He's the youngest of Clover's cousins and we had been convinced that our family could only produce girls, until he came along!

My mom got little fairy dresses and wings for Clover and her cousins Alana and Riley (Val's two youngest). Of course, they were prancing around in them over their clothes pretty much instantly.

Just a couple more cute pics. Here we have Austin entertaining us on the xylophone and Alana and Fairy Mary having a secretive huddle over some stickers.

Christmas day was spent with Lucas' family, and the festivities went very much like last year's. Overall, we've had a fun holiday filled with food, friends, and family... the very best kind, I suppose. Now it's the day after Christmas and we're spending a quiet day at home, recovering from all the excitement.

Hope you and your loved ones enjoyed a wonderful holiday too!

Peace and Love,


Milla said...

What lovely little Christmas Fairies! So lovely to see a glimpse of your mom and sisters, you are such a cute brood. I had hoped that there would be a package from me under the tree as well, but apparently the USPS is slowpokey :( You were in our thoughts on Christmas day. Big hug to the lot of you.

Bee said...

glad you had a nice holiday!

moonshinejunkyard said...

awww, both sides of your family seems so amazing. i love how clover has lots of cousins of varying ages. lucky girl! and your mom's southwestern style is just killing me...darin and i dream of having rugs like that. for now we have to settle with whatever we find at thrift stores. but one indulgence we hope for someday is a real handwoven navajo rug. glad to see you had a lovely christmas. little mary was quite festive in her bright red, i see!

Kate said...

hi missa! i stumbled upon your adorable little blog and couldn't help but bookmark you! so looking forward to following your adventures in the months to come! xo, kate

muchlove said...

Happy holidays to you!!

Tera said...

What a wonderful time! I love your mother's style. Thatnk you for sharing, loved meeting everyone :>
Wishin gyou all the best for the new year!

Teenysparkles said...

I read this post last night but forgot to comment! Looks so cozy and special Missa. I love it that you have a female dominated family; ours is male dominated can see why I'd like to have more girls around. Clover is such a sweet looking little button (if she is anything like mine she is also rather rascally!) Your mom's decor is sooooooo inspiring. Merry one to you too!

flaming hag folkwear said...

So glad to hear that you had a lovely Christmas. What a nice happenstance to have had an all-girl (save one wee boy) early xmas gathering.

I spy a little gauzy white dress :)

anne said...

merry christmas missa! and mary :D this looks like it was fun day. fairies, food and gifts! i hope you all had a wonderful day!

sally said...

hi missa! your mom's home decor southwestern/mexican/etc style is awesome! loved getting a peek at that (and her cat!). glad to hear you had a happy holiday too!

Milla said...

Dagnabbit! I could have sworn one of those dresses shoulda fit. I even consulted a small child Clover's age (aka picked it up turned it around and eye-balled it). I'm swear Imma gonna work on that until I get it. I'm glad she liked the rest of the stuff tho. Next up, momma ;)

Milla said...

When you can't squeeze into a dress, we know no one can. It might have been made for 70s underfed midgets. Good thing it went to the right person.

Alexa said...

Lasagna and fairies!!

flaming hag folkwear said...

i swear i am not stalking you, but when i attempted to read fully milla's gypsy post (still can't focus, too darned tired), i saw your post about not being able to track down latcho drom.
if you have vhs capability, i can loan you my garage sale copy. let me know.

Andrea said...

Looks like you had a great day, happy new year to you too, Missa!