A Disney Christmas & some announcements

Gooooooood Morning, VIETNAM!

I’m back, I’m back, I’m back. I feel like I haven’t been online in for-eveh!

Last week we went with Ben’s entire family (18 people total) to…


Walt Disney World!

(Pardon Travis’s hilarious face. He was squinting from the sun. This is the only family photo we took the whole week!)

The trip was such a blast, but oh so tiring! We need a vacation just to recover from the vacation. Not even a horrible stomach bug that had seven people in our party (including myself) puking our guts out kept us from having a great time. Disney really is “The Happiest (and most overpriced) Place on Earth”.

Here are just a few snapshots from our trip:



My favorite of the four parks is Hollywood Studios, but I really enjoy all of them. Buzz and Woody are pretty much two of the best Disney Characters ever created.


Because we went at Christmas time, the Castle at Magic Kingdom was draped in a bazillion lights that changed color and did a full light show. It was spectacular.


We were at Disney World for 8 days and got home on Christmas eve, with just enough time to carry out our family tradition of opening brand new jammies before bed on Christmas eve.


I started the tradition when Travis was a baby because I wanted him to look cute Christmas morning for all the photos. This is probably one of the kids’ favorite traditions and they talk about it all year. They love getting a gift before bed and having brand new pajamas to wear to bed that night. It totally puts them in the Christmas Spirit.

They were up at the butt-crack of dawn Christmas morning (hence the dark lighting). I’ll spare you loads of pictures of kids opening gifts and paper everywhere, but here’s one of them opening their first gift.


I started a new tradition this year. I made some Monkey Bread for breakfast after unwrapping all the gifts. I found a recipe on Pillsbury.com, and I just have to say, it is seriously the BEST Monkey Bread I’ve ever tasted! (I’m gluten-free, but I did have a little Monkey Bread as a treat anyway – and I paid for it all day. Ugh. But it was srsly the best recipe ever).


Here’s the recipe for the Monkey Bread.

The only thing I did differently for the bread is that I used pecans instead of walnuts. I think this type of food is better with pecans, and wow it was yummy.

So anyway, I’m finally back home and for the first time in about 2 weeks I have a moment to actually sit and blog. I’ve got a few announcements for you guys:

1) I have a giveaway going up tomorrow night at midnight (12/29 @ 12:01am), so make sure to come back for a chance to win a brand-new Silhouette Cameo!

2) I will be pinning all my features from my link party last week. I apologize that I haven’t done it yet. I had the link party pre-scheduled and was busy at the Magic Kingdom Thursday evening. 😉

3) If you are new here, HI! I’ve had a lot of new traffic lately, so I want to welcome you to House of Hepworths! Feel free to subscribe to my newsletter at the bottom of this post (the form), or follow me on pinterest, facebook, and twitter!

I’ll see you tomorrow night for the giveaway!

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  1. Hey Allison! So glad you had a great time at Walt Disney World! That castle looked amazing!!
    We open our Christmas pjs every Christmas eve too! My did it with me as a kid, and now I do it with my kids. I let my hubby know that next year he has to buy ME some Christmas pjs! I miss getting mine. 🙂
    Have a great week!

  2. Love the pics! I wrapped some PJ’s for Z to open early in the morning b4 she went to see the tree. I put them by her bed & told her she had to put them on BEFORE she checked to see if Santa had come yet lol. The castle looks amazing! Im so happy you had fun!

    Cant wait til tomorrow night for the giveaway!!! Good luck to us all 🙂

  3. So sorry you were sick, but so jealous you were at WDW!!! We were there last year over Thanksgiving so we got to see all the Christmas lights too and WOW!! Hollywood Studios with the Osborne Spectacle of Lights was incredible and some of my favorite pictures! We had 21 of us and managed to get a couple whole group shots! Glad you’re home and what a fantastic giveaway!!

  4. So lucky!!!! I’m so happy to got to go to the happiest place on earth. I’m praying that my family gets to go there some day too! Yeah!

  5. Wow! The castle is awesome!! I would love to go there at Christmas time myself! What a dream vacation!! Glad you had a great time.
    Loved all your pics!!

  6. We went to Disney World 8 years ago. Wanting to go back in a couple of years!

  7. Looks like a fun trip. We had the same idea. Sort of. 😉 we took our kiddos to Disneyland. We are actually on out way home now. It was so fun but so very busy! We were there and California Adventure for 5 full days. The best part was the Animation Academy. The kids loved drawing their favorite characters. ;0) glad to hear we weren’t the only crazy’s fighting the Disney crowds. LOL

  8. Wow, looks like a wonderful vacation!
    I am looking forward to getting to know you by prowling around your amazing blog! I am your newest follower! I just started following you on twitter too. (on twitter I am: Twittle__Dee) I hope you will drop by my blog to visit sometime!
    Happy New Year!

  9. Christine K says:

    awesome pics, I am loving the castle @ Christmas, crazy beautiful!! I live in Fl and do not go as much as we should….:*( need to change that! 🙂

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