Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Hi friends <3

Hope you’re having a lovely morning, whether you’re doing the Christmas thang or enjoying a Saturday.

After the hustle and bustle of the week, working, trying to get settled and everything, it was a beautiful evening with family.


(Side note: in the frenzy to get over to dinner after work, I forgot my memory card so these are all Crackberry photos)

We had dinner at my dadoo’s house, and for the first time in a couple of years, almost everyone was there- the only person missing was that one guy I’m in love with 😉

Christmas dinner is a little non-traditional at our casa

We had chicken enchiladas, green corn tamales, red chile tamales, Mexican rice and beans


 Build-your-own tacos and burritos, with chicken, lettuce, salsa, cheese, olives and sour cream


I munched a green corn tamale (it was my third yesterday! Tis the season), beans, and a little salad made of the taco fillings- lettuce, salsa and olives

And of course, there was dessert 😀


I dominated the peppermint bark (my fave!!!) and also had a small piece of the chocolate cake.


Mushy time:

Even though last night was kind of a rough one because I’m missing the Pilot like crazy,

two men

it makes my heart so happy to be surrounded with my family and friends here in Tucson. Coming to Tucson was an amazing gift, but my favorite gift was seeing my cousin Kate, her husband Adam and their fresh-outta-the-oven baby.

After experiencing infertility and miscarriages for five years, their first baby was born a week and a half ago. I’ve prayed and wished for the past two years that they would be blessed with a baby and the fact that it happened for them is truly an amazing miracle.  <3

This holiday season, I’m also so grateful for all of YOU 🙂 Thank you for hanging out with me everyday – I’m so fortunate to call you bloggy friends.

I’m off to the madre’s house to drink coffee, open gifts, eat magic Christmas cookies until I’m in a sugar coma, and be with the fam.

Have a wonderful day!




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  1. Christin@purplebirdblog on December 25, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Merry Christmas, Gina! And praise God for the wonderful gift given to your cousin and her husband!

  2. s on December 25, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    aw. merry christmas gina!!

  3. Tyler on December 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Merry Christmas Gina! I would love to get my feast on with your family! Want to adopt me? That house looks ridiculously gorgeous too! Lurve! Have a fab day!

  4. Krista on December 25, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Love the Mexican food at Christmas. That’s great.

  5. Katie on December 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Gina, you truly are a beautiful person inside and out, dont ever change!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, what a blessing for your cousin and her husband : ) when I hear things like that it makes me appreciate life so much, I do always though, but it’s just a nice reminder how fortunate we are in life : )

    Have a wonderful day and sugar comas will be in our house too today!

  6. Raewyn on December 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Merry Christmas, Gina! I’m sorry you are Pilot-less, but super happy that you get to celebrate with your famila…I loved the Pilot’s post btw! Praying you get to talk to him today, and have him home soon. 🙂

  7. Krystina (Basil & Wine) on December 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Merry Christmas, Gina. Enjoy your time with loved ones. 🙂

  8. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) on December 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Congrats to your cousin and her hubs…what a Christmas miracle! That is truly wonderful and gives me tears of joy to read about people who have struggled to become parents…and it happened! How awesome!

    I know it’s gotta be hard for you today especially b/c you’re away from the Pilot on Xmas Day, so hang in there, Gina!

    Merry Xmas!


  9. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on December 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Merry Christmas my friend! I’m so grateful for your friendship 🙂

  10. fran hlavacek on December 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Gina, many blessings to you and your family. Thank you for your sacrifice; all military families are in my prayers not only on this day but all year.

  11. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on December 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Merry Christmas Gina! Your Christmas eve feast looks so amazing. I wish you and your family the best!

  12. Brittany (Eating Bird Food) on December 25, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Merry Christmas Gina!! I hope you have a relaxing day with your family.

    Congrats to Kate and Adam on their newborn baby and here’s to the pilot being home with you soon!


  13. gina g on December 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Merry Christmas Gina! I hope it is absolutely wonderful 🙂

  14. Danielle in Australia! on December 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Merry Christmas to all your family. I can’t imagine how much you’d be missing your man but how wonderful that you have such love around you!

  15. Jamie on December 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Merry christmas Gina!!

  16. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) on December 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Merry Christmas Gina! Hope you’re having a great time, even without Pilot, which is a shame. Still, you’ve got all the rest of your family to make sure you have a great time regardless! 😀

  17. Little Bookworm on December 25, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Merry Christmas Gina! I hope you had a great time with your family today. 🙂

  18. Katherine: Unemployed on December 25, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Happy christmas! what a great idea for festivities!

  19. Cara Craves... on December 25, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Merry Christmas!
    Your non-traditional meal looks so yummy!

  20. Courtney (greeneyedrunner) on December 25, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful evening, this was a beautiful post!

  21. LisaG on December 25, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Merry Christmas !! Love & miss you. The puppers are too cute. My 2 rat terriers & lab are dressed in their Martha Stewart wear. Christmas food baby intact!

  22. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on December 25, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Merry Christmas!!

  23. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on December 25, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Merry Christmas! And congrats to your cousin and her husband on their new baby! 🙂

  24. Tracy @ Commit to Fit on December 25, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Merry Christmas and all the best in 2011!

  25. Darelle' on December 26, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Merry Christmas Gina!! I love the dog’s santa costumes. What type of dog is Viesa?

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