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Christmas Day 2014 – Pence Style

Hello again! How was your Christmas?? We spent the past 5 days or so back home with my side of the family in TN, and I’m so thankful we were able to witness little Henry’s first Christmas! Even though he won’t remember it, I know we all will! It was such a special few days, and the older I get the more I appreciate these long days spent with family. We got in town Christmas Eve, and were able to catch up with my parents before we all went to bed. Christmas morning was spent at my parent’s house, and my brother and sister-in-law, Henry, and my grandparents, all came over to start the day with brunch. I made a delicious breakfast casserole, which I’ll be sharing the recipe for sometime soon! After we took some group photos, and ate until we couldn’t anymore, my grandparents headed home and we all stayed to begin the gifting! If we hadn’t received any physical gifts this year, I would have been fine just watching my family interact with Henry for hours upon hours. No amount of presents can replace the gift of time spent with the people you love the most.

After we were finished unwrapping, we headed over to my grandparent’s house for dessert and round 2 of gifts. My grandparents live about 3 miles from my parents, so growing up it was always a huge blessing to have them so close. My grandmother made a huge spread of sweet treats, and we all had a blast watching them unwrap their gifts (even though they always say they don’t want anything) and ooh and ahh over Henry. I can’t imagine the joy they feel in being great grandparents.

Christmas night, we went back to my parent’s house, and opened our stockings. At one point Henry crawled over and plopped down in Adam’s lap, and it was just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I think he’s really going to love his Uncle Adam, and I can’t wait to see what kind of adventures they go on.

Here are a few of my favorite snapshots from Christmas Day 2014 – Pence style.

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My mom makes little ham and cheese rolls every Christmas morning for breakfast. They are to die for!

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We were so excited to receive some new camping gear!! I can’t WAIT to go camping this spring!!!

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Merry Christmas!! (A little late)

I’ve got 13 days until the WDW Marathon, and I’m SO excited to finally get this show on the road! I signed up last April, and it’s hard to believe it’s finally almost here. To say I’m undertrained would be a massive understatement, but I know that we will still do fine! This race is all about the experience, and I’m determined to soak up every minute, take as many pictures as I can, and cross that finish line with a smile on my face!! I’m definitely getting back to the gym hard this week, and hopefully crank out a few more last minute workouts!

It’s back to the work week now though, and a part of me is excited that all of the holiday rush is over. I think I’m craving getting back on track, and finally being done with traveling for a while. Except for the marathon of course, but flying is a different story. I’m anxious to sit down and calculate how many hours we spent DRIVING in 2014, I have a feeling it was an insane amount.

Anyways, have a great day!

How was your Christmas?! What did you do? What’s your favorite part about the holidays? Plans for New Years?

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    December 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Glad y’all had a good and safe Christmas with the traveling! Your photos are just perfect! I guess it pays to have a photographer in the family around Christmastime : )
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      Sweet Miles
      January 2, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Haha thanks Stacie! It’s convenient I suppose 😉

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    Sarah
    December 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Aww Henry is adorable! It looks like he loved his first Christmas!! I agree with you that as I get older I appreciate my time with my family so much more. Although I live close to my mom, it was so nice to have all of us staying at her house for a few days and be able to catch up!

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      Sweet Miles
      January 2, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      I think he loved it, but I think next year will really be the fun one! That sounds like fun, I always love staying at a house with everyone, it just makes everything so cozy! Glad you had fun!

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    Chrissy @ Pink Polish and Running Shoes
    December 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Love the photos. Little Henry is just too cute! I had two little cousins have their first Christmas this year. One is 3 months old and the other is 6 months old and I swear I could look at their adorable faces for hours lol.

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      Sweet Miles
      January 2, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Aww fun!!! I bet it was a blast! Imagine next year how much fun it will be when they’re both up running around!!

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    Sky @ Blonde Freedom
    December 29, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I love your outfit with the red plaid and the vest super cute! Henry is super adorable and I know it adds so much fun to Christmas when you have a little one! Love you photos too! Especially the black and white ones!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 2, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Aw thanks! I feel like I’ve work that red plaid shirt at least 100 times since I bought it like two months ago! Yes, having Henry around has added an all new dynamic to family gatherings, I just LOVE it!

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    December 29, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Beautiful pictures, Sarah! I’m so glad to see you had a nice Christmas. That camping gear looks awesome! I’m sure Truckee will love sleeping in the tent with y’all! 🙂

    Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year! And good luck on your marathon coming up!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 2, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks Sarah! Hahahaa I’m sure Truckee will indeed! She will take up most of it I am sure, she’s a bit of a stretcher when she sleeps 🙂 Happy new year to you guys!! Can’t wait to see what delicious recipes you make this year!

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    Jenn
    December 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Beautiful photos! What a lovely Christmas! Happy New Year!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 2, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you Jenn! I feel like it can always be a pain to whip out the nice camera at holidays, but it’s always worth it!

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    Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties
    December 29, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I love all your pictures- so nice that you documented this year so well!! my favorite is the “not Vera Bradley”– hahaha!
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      Sweet Miles
      January 2, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Haha! I thought that was hilarious, glad someone else appreciated it 😉

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    kristin @ W [H] A T C H
    December 29, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    looks like such a cozy, memory filled holiday!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 30, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      It really was!! I loved it, so sad to come back to AR! But, next year will be even more fun!

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    December 30, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Your photos are beautiful! Merry late Christmas. Good luck getting ready for the WDW Marathon!!!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 30, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      Thank you, Julie!! 🙂

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