Christmas Cookie Tradition 2015

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Today feels surreal, almost like a fuzzy dream.

It is a day I have been dreaming about for so many years.

I was awakened at 4:30AM this morning by a really excited toddler shouting “one more day! one more day!”

My camera is drowning in tears and my laptop is not far behind as I write this to you. I have been an emotional, weepy mess all day.

My mom has been making chocolate chip peanut butter cookies for as long as I can remember. They are my dad’s favorite and something I look forward to every Christmas.

To continue the tradition, I set out to have a lovely day of baking with my little guy.

I wish I could say it was magical and the perfect way to start our Christmas celebration when in reality the smoke alarm went off in the house, I was made very aware that I may still have slightly perfectionist tendencies, and that Santa (cough, cough Clayton) doesn’t want burnt cookies.

It was a little bit of crazy morning but I want to believe that the imperfections is where the true magic and memories begin.

We finally made an edible batch of cookies and I captured memories of Gabriel that I will cherish forever.

My favorite part of the day was after we had mixed all the ingredients I told Gabriel he could lick the spoon. To my surprise he literally dove in head first and licked the spoons!

I want to wish each of you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS before I take a few days away from the computer. I am truly grateful to share these moments with you and I am filled with happiness and love that you have joined me on this journey of motherhood.

I also know the holidays are not always filled with joy. There are families that are hurting, there are loved ones that aren’t with us, and there are mother’s with empty arms. To you that may not feel like celebrating, know that Christmas has only one purpose, to celebrate the birth of a Savior who has overcome the world. This is our greatest gift.

I am off to make reindeer food with edible glitter, drink more hot chocolate, watch home alone again, and stay up late with my best friend and play Santa. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.

Thoughtfully, Chelsey

styled baking



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