christmas weekend in dc.

christmas has always been my favorite holiday and every year as december 25th goes by, i think, “it can’t get better than this.” of course, it always gets better. with eleanor’s first christmas celebration and a new little miracle in my tummy this year, next year’s christmas better watch out! this one will be hard to top!
hope you had a beautiful christmas spent with the ones you love. i know it’s such cheese but i look at my husband and baby girl and new baby bump and think, “who needs presents?” it’s just so wonderful to have the ones i love most beside me everyday. i hope they know they are my world…

…and eleanor was the star in her first nativity
over the weekend with cousins in virginia. cutest star ever, that one.
  1. colleen

    oh wow, what a cute little star! i feel the same – i hope my loved ones know just how much they mean to me. merry christmas lady – glad it was such a good one

  2. what a fun wooden push toy!! Where did you get it? My little guy would love that. Plus, I have really been into wooden toys lately. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas!!

  3. Melu103

    OH MY GOD!
    these pictures are adorable!
    =D i always look forward to your
    posts .. they make me smile so big!

    :) her smile is so contagious
    can't wait to see the other lil
    one !


  4. sam

    Oh, how adorable! I hope that when my hubby and I start our own family, it's as wonderful as it looks here. Happy new year to you, Josh, E, and your next little miracle!

  5. Katie

    So wonderful!


    This was my husband and I's first Christmas living near family–truly amazing and it just felt so good.

    Wonderful photos as usual.


  7. I grew up celebrating Christmas/4th of July in DC. Makes me miss it so!
    Special note: My brother's initials are D.C. because they credit that city as helping them fall in love :)

  8. Oh how i love Acqua al 2!! I haven't been to the DC one or San Diego one but when I studied abroad in Florence it was my favorite "treat myself" places to eat!

    Happy Christmas and New year!

  9. this is my first year with my baby boy and the holidays really do seem so much better! who'd have thought something could top being married, right?

  10. Unknown

    Is that some kind of pasta soup? It looks so yummy I can almost smell it through the screen. Do you remember the name of it?

  11. holtkamp

    i am dying over that star picture – eleanor is so adorable! glad you guys had a wonderful christmas! -jen

  12. kathi.

    soooooooooooo sweet (:

  13. i want to eat your family!!!
    so sweet.

  14. JH

    love it! i agree, being with those you love the most is the best gift :D …no matter what faith, getting together for "the holidays" with everyone in good spirits tops everything!

  15. What a Christmas tree – and what a lovely family you have.

  16. Kendra

    She got a walker! yay! I love it!

  17. beautiful photos and such wonderful memories… love the white house and Christmas tree pic too!!

  18. What a sweet little peanut! I swear…its not that every year gets better, its just that you feel more and more blessed each year..this year, celebrating Christmas with our 2 1/2 yr old, Liam, was MAGICAL!!

  19. I visited DC for the first time last Oct and it was beautiful. I can only imagine what it looks like for Christmas. What a pretty tree at the Capitol!


    PS. I love those stockings!

  20. your pictures are lovely. and i agree, who needs presents when you are with the ones you love the most!i love e's new push toy! that looks so cool!

  21. I was in DC interning all summer and LOVED it. I didn't realize it was so beautiful at Christmas time! Hope you enjoyed :)

    xo Shane

  22. casey

    that push toy is the best, where from? and the star! so cute!

  23. Lindsay

    So beautiful?! Where is that amazing push toy from? Need it!

  24. Samantha

    OMG! I wanted that same walker for my little guy but we ran out of money, maybe I'll sneak it in later. I love Christmas the most too!!

  25. Oh that just looks like a super lovely christmas a the reid house! Enjoy your family time back home with your parents and all the blessings it brings.

    With a smile from Switzerland,

  26. Malin

    That looks like the most amazing Christmas! I miss having little ones around for Christmas, it just makes it so much better – unfortunately my little brother was the youngest at 22….

  27. Loulou

    Wonderful photos. Looks like you had a great time. I love the one where baby finds rubber duckies. So cute!

    Loulou Downtown

  28. Such Gorgeous pictures!!! I'm glad you have a very Merry Christmas!!!

  29. Carly

    Your baby girl looks like she had a wonderful Christmas.

    I'm with you, I hope my little family know that they're the best gift I've ever received.

  30. That is the cutest star I have ever seen! Awe! Looks like you had an amazing time! I am glad! and you are right next year will be even better! =)

  31. Awwww so cute!

    In the picture where she is reading with her daddy, she really looks like him!

    Merry Christmas!



  32. You are beautiful family ♥
    Great photos!

    Greetings from Serbia,


  33. like many others i was wondering where the push toy is from. cute pics!

  34. Leticia

    I personally love "cheese" and my kids and hubby. They defiantely bring the magic to my world, especially around Christmas. Merry Christmas to your sweet family! Now let's bring on the New Year!!

  35. Carly

    i just melted at these pictures. SO cute, and so happy. merry christmas to you and your little family, naomi!

  36. Ashley

    I would love to know where you got the "first ornament" from?! It is darling!
    [email protected]

  37. anna

    oh my good she's so sweet!

  38. Aletha

    This made me tear up! Such a sweet post! Merry Christmas!

  39. i've been following your blog for over a year and have never commented but today I am commenting on two posts! The owner of the Alqua al 2 in Florence was my instructor in a cooking class I took studying abroad! I have been to the San Diego one several times and it is so authentic! I hope you ordered the blueberry steak!! =) If not, you have to go back!

  40. janis

    Wishing the Davis family all the best in the new year :)

  41. Joy

    i just can't get over how adorable the davis family is! i die!!!!

  42. awww! e and josh have the same hair style in one of those :)

  43. i love your stocking! it reminds me of the ones my mom made for my sisters and i in the 80s.

  44. That is the greatest collection of pictures, I love them! Merry Christmas to your sweet family! The pictures of Josh reading to Eleanor are priceless.

    Also, my son took a school field trip to see the national Christmas tree as it passed through our little town in New Mexico on its way to DC and he was so excited to see it all lit up, so thanks for sharing those!

  45. Laura::

    oh em gee i am in love with that tree! the colors are gorgeous!

    and your baby as the star – precious.

    it sounds like you & the family had a perfect Christmas. You have lots to look forward to in 2012!

    Fairdale Diaries

  46. kwistin

    as is always the case, you are so wonderfully inspiring to so many strangers, just by being you. so thanks. :)

    and is always also the case, your pictures are nothing short of perfect.

    merry Christmas!

  47. LizMarie

    Adorable! :)

  48. I love her first ornament! Where did you get that. I want one for my little girl next Christmas!

  49. Happy Holidays!! So cuuuute photos!!

  50. cute pics. loved Eleanor`s first Christmas ornament. have a Cupcake sweet New Year!

  51. your christmas looks magical. the way josh is looking at eleanor is priceless, cherish them both!

  52. Marianne

    that one of her reading her new book with your hubby, too.cute. :)

  53. star eleanor just kills me! so so so cute!

  54. Cassie

    Isn't a first Christmas grand! She's such a little beauty :)

  55. Ali

    Yes! love these beautiful photos! Where did you get that Christmas ornament? Please Please Please do tell. Also was the book customizable and if so where did you get that too?
    Thanks so much!

  56. She is possibly the cutest baby in the world! You take such beautiful photographs which really capture the moment. just beautiful :)

  57. Andrea

    Holy cow!! I have the exact same stocking with the snowman on it. My grandma made it for me in the mid 80s and it is my favorite.

  58. Liesl

    I just returned from Christmas in DC and a tour of the White House…we had a lovely time and it looks like you did too! LOVE all your pictures and the bows you and Eleanor are sporting are darling, just like you both! I hope you have a magical 2012 ahead and exciting memories to come with the new one on the way too!

    Liesl :)

  59. i'm pretty sure your family is the cutest thing i have ever seen!! seriously, how does eleanor keep getting cuter? her little face is just precious! i can't wait to see what next christmas will be like for you!!
    xo TJ

  60. y'all are just too sweet. merry christmas to you :)

  61. ready for #2 yet ?? :D

  62. Erin

    you really are such a cute family!

  63. eas

    My daughter is also named Eleanor and I bought that book when we decided on her name. She adores it! Please let me know if you know of any other books with her name in it. I'm a new follower and love your blog! Happy New Year!

  64. You are a very lucky girl, but they are also very lucky to have you! I'm glad your Christmas was amazing <3