I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.  I have been working the past two nights and have three more to go, so all in all not the greatest Christmas, but I was lucky enough to spend time with my family despite having to go to work.  That is one of the greatest parts about being in the DC area.  I have a very large family and love seeing them.

I had an early Christmas with my brothers, dad and stepmom and had so much fun!  We ate the chili I had cooked and opened a few presents.  My dad got me an amazing nikon d3100 with an extra lens to go along!! He went way overboard but I am thrilled with my present!  Here are a couple of pictures from my place that evening.

My stepmom clearly reads my blog, because she got me the most amazing pair of Kate Spade earrings! I wasn't expecting anyone to buy me stuff off of the wishlist, I was just sharing some of my ideas for the things I wouldn't buy myself but would love to have.  Here's a picture I was able to capture

Then on Christmas eve, before going to work I got up early and went to mass with my family.  My mom has 5 siblings and between them there are 20 grandchildren.  My beautiful grandmother is the matriarch of the family and we were all able to get together- about 30 people total, to celebrate christmas!  We had tons of food, lots of fun, and enjoyed each others company.  Although we all live in Maryland, between our busy schedules and my cousins being in college, it is not frequent that we  are all under the same roof.  I loved seeing them all, even though I could barely stay awake through the night at work!

My grandmother and the hairstyle she's been wearing for decades.  At 5'10" she's

My godson wanted a picture of his eye.  This one wasn't close enough for him!

Even the puppies had fun on Christmas eve

Here's a picture of my jewish mother's christmas tree.  It inflates when you plug it in!