christmas in january

Sunday night I hosted a little party- it was our christmas exchange/bon voyage for cami who is headed to Sweden any day now.    For the last eight years my best friends and I have the best christmas exchange. ever!  I cannot tell you how many times I wear something and people ask “WHERE did you get that?!” … oh, the christmas exchange.  We spoil each other.  This year I got little things from almost everywhere we went this past year.  Just something here and there.  JB was so cute, always reminding me because he knows how important it is to me.  Heather was in Europe last year and did the same.  Cami was in Sweden the year before that – and you guessed it, we received swedish gems.  There is little I enjoy more than giving the perfect gift!  And these girls know me so well they always surprise me with gifts I’ll treasure for ages.  These times when we are all four together is SO special to me.  I love them so much!  my heart swells.

when they are in spanish they are even sweeter!
I got three of these at target for 2.50!  i love em.
beautiful sunset that night
don’t you love that etsy print? found here.    it was a gift from the kozeys!  
cam, h, shan, ashie, quinn
“I thank God everytime I remember you”  – Philippians 1:3

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  • Reply Jenni Austria Germany

    love the etsy print, love the verse, love this tradition!

    January 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm
  • Reply CarrieJo

    how fun! my girlfriends from high school do the same…except we aren't world class travelers!! 🙂

    January 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Lindsay

    so cute! it sounds like you had a perfect welcome home party 🙂

    January 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply DiamondsandTulle

    what a great tradition and a great group of gals you have! Love that mug!

    xx Vivian @

    January 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm
  • Reply Megan

    i love everything happening in this post.

    that etsy print, and the mug. amazingness.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:10 pm
  • Reply Bridget

    that etsy print is ppperrrfecttt for you and jb! love it.

    January 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm
  • Reply Katie

    Oh my gosh I just love the vase! I have to go to Target this weekend, I hope they have them where I live. Your whole idea of the party is wonderful 🙂


    January 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm
  • Reply SK

    Love this post…love you three. So refreshing to be together and love on you xoxo

    January 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm
  • Reply Kaitie

    you guys are so cute! I always love having get togethers with my friends. I loove reading your blog! you're such a sweetie and a great encourager. When I read your post about your surgeries I almost couldn't believe it because here you're living this fabulous life of traveling and being in love with your hubby. but God does repay our faithfulness and our trust in Him. Keep being faithful and you're a great witness through your blog!

    January 25, 2011 at 11:51 pm
  • Reply KristaRenee

    love. I was talking to Cami on her drive over for your infamous gift exchange–so amazing!! I aspire to be as a good a friend as you are all to each other 🙂

    January 26, 2011 at 3:09 am
  • Reply Nicole Marie

    love the vase. so cute!

    January 26, 2011 at 3:39 am
  • Reply Connie @ SogniESorrisi

    Awesome! Nothing much better than good friends.

    January 26, 2011 at 5:04 am
  • Reply Kristina

    super nice presents, I am jealous! And it is so good to spent time with your best friends, right?
    I miss that often…
    Viele Gruesse, xox, Kristina

    January 26, 2011 at 8:24 am
  • Reply magdalena viktoria

    this was so pretty and nice to look at

    January 26, 2011 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Brenna

    That is beyond sweet. Me and my friends try to do that every year; but now we live all over the place and it's harder and harder! I'm glad you guys are resilient in keeping the tradition! Nothing is better than true friends.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:41 am
  • Reply c.w.f.h.l.

    love and miss you sarah. xo

    January 26, 2011 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Ashley

    so cute!! i love spending time with my besties! 🙂

    January 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    Such a sweet, great idea to gather trinkets from your travels as gifts!! I hope your travels bring you to the DC area sometime soon, Kendall talks about you (and I stalk your blog) so much that I feel like an in-person introduction would be so great! 🙂

    January 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Sist and Sist

    gorg gorg gorg. oh how i miss your face!! love you all. bon voyage camelyn!

    January 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    love all you hawt bradenton women!!! i have the target vases as well, love em!

    January 27, 2011 at 12:58 am
  • Reply Anait

    Love, love, love this entire post! I might steal that etsy print for a valentine's day gift 🙂

    January 27, 2011 at 2:18 am
  • Reply Sara Louise

    Super fun! I love the 'future trophy wife' mug, so cute!

    January 27, 2011 at 5:33 am
  • Reply Ashten

    You all look great! I always enjoy watching you girls at your exchanges, it's enough squeals and screams to fill my entire year. haha

    January 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm
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