With Our Family

our first Christmas

Before we jump in to the new year, let’s talk about last week – my first Christmas as an Atwell!

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Last year I got to celebrate Christmas with G just a few short days after we were engaged. This year, I got to wake up beside him on Christmas morning!  That alone made Christmas morning better!

And if that wasn’t enough – this is the first year that I haven’t worked since college, so it was nice to have the whole week and not feel rushed in our time with family and friends.  Bonus: G had the week off too!

We spent the first 4 days with G’s family and celebrated an early Christmas over the weekend.  

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We also threw in a quick dinner with some of our good friends that live in the area. {side note: this also reminded me that our ten {TEN!!!} year high school reunion should be this upcoming summer! I need to find out if anyone is working on reunion plans!}

On Christmas Eve we drove to visit my side of the family where we spent the remainder of the week.  And yes, Leeward the Elf came along for all the adventures!

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I love the contrast of our two families. G has two brothers and the only kids that are around are his toddler cousins.  I have two brothers and four sisters, and also have nine nieces and nephews.  It’s apparent in the pictures above which is the calm Christmas and which is the not so calm! 🙂

Although our two families are different, it’s a nice balance and there are always alot of laughs.  I’m so thankful we got to see ALL of our family this Christmas.  

Now onto reflecting, organization, and planning for a new year!  

Atwell Adventures

leeward the elf

This past Sunday, December 1, we did something we’ve been talking about for a while… we bought an Elf on the Shelf!

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While I realize that most people that use Elf on the Shelf have children under their roof, I always laugh when I see what the elves are doing.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about just look here

So Sunday after church we decided to adopt an elf of our own!

After we purchased him – we started talking about names.  We wanted to name him something that reminded us of our first home so after lots of ideas like Wilmy {for Wilmington}, Hampy {for Hampstead} and Pender {for Pender County}, we decided to go with the first street we lived on.


And Leeward the Elf was named.

G kicked us off by placing him on day 1 and we plan on just alternating days until Christmas Eve.

As silly as this is, it really has been fun and I’m excited to have Leeward the Elf in our home for many years to come.

Although, those eyes and that smile… so creepy 😉

ps – Want to see what Leeward the Elf is up to?  Click here!