It was a special one seeing as it was Audrey's first Christmas. Of course she really had no clue what was going on but I think she had a good time!
Ever since hubby and I were dating, we have always alternated Christmas Eve & Christmas Day with our families. This year, we spent Christmas Eve with my family and Christmas Day with his.
We drove out to my sister's house, about a 45 minute drive, in the afternoon. We had a nice, relaxing evening filled with drinks, yummy appetizers, too much chocolate, and a lot of laughter.
|Audrey loves dogs!|
|She couldn't stop grinning!|
|Laughing with her cousins|
|My smiley girl!|
|Eating some chicken wings|
|Fascinated by the gift tag|
|Auntie helping her unwrap her new puppy|
|More presents to unwrap!|
|"My Auntie Rocks!"|
|The wrapping paper was more fun than the gift inside!|
I love the Christmas PJ tradition where everyone gets new Pjs on Christmas Eve to wear Christmas morning. We didn't do this growing up so this is something we have started in our own family.
|Opening our new PJs|
|Again-- she's more interested in the wrapping paper.|
|Yay- new PJs!|
|Audrey and her cousins listening to the story|
We also always try to make a point to take group pictures at Christmas.
|My amazing lil' family|
|The boys (minus one cousin)|
|The girls (minus one cousin-in-law)|
|Grandma and her Granddaughters (missing one)|
|Olivia loves her baby cousin|
Audrey didn't have the greatest sleep so she was up early at 7am. She also woke up with a runny nose-- not a nice present! I think that was the earliest I have woken up on Christmas Day in a lonnnng time!
|Stockings filled to the brim|
|Plates-- Audrey had to try them out|
|Little People toys|
|"My First Christmas"|
|Digging to the bottom...|
|Her own set of measuring spoons!!|
Favourite toy in Phoenix
|Peel and all|
After a delicious eggs benedict breakfast made by Hubby, we went upstairs to see what Santa left under the tree.
|She has this unwrapping thing down|
|Getting some help from Mom|
|Santa brought me books!!|
|Milo photobombing. He loves Christmas!|
|Bows and tags are her fav!|
Milo hanging out on wrapping paper
|Posing with Daddy|
|This bow is way cooler than all those clothes|
|Audrey's big present from Grandma W|
|Yay! My very own phone and activity table!|
|Activity cube from Auntie|
Audrey was obviously spoiled rotten!
Santa, my friends and family also showered me with gifts! Wow- I'm so speechless at all the thoughtful things! I got scarves (my favourite!), socks (so practical but soooo needed!), pandora charms (star and purple murano glass), slipper boots, so many nail polish colours, tea, chocolate, makeup, skin care products, a Kate Spade purse in my favourite colour, books, a candy thermometer and so much more.
After we opened gifts it was nap time for Audrey and for me to get ready. When she woke up, we had a nice Skype call with my Dad and Grandpa in Ontario. Miss them so much! Wish we could see them more often. They adore Audrey!!
In the afternoon, we went over to Hubby's parents' house to continue the Christmas celebrations. Lots more gift opening, indulging in decadent foods and laughter.
|Dressed up for Christmas Day|
Little red nose and cheeks :(
|Trying to reach all her gifts|
|Eating books might be her favourite thing|
Unfortunately, Audrey's cold got worse as the day went on so she wasn't very happy with all the nose wiping. Despite how she felt, she just wanted to party so refused her afternoon nap which only meant she felt worse!! Sadly, I didn't take many pictures which really upsets me since for the first time in 25+ years? hubby's grandparents were there to celebrate (they normally snowbird in Arizona).
|You are supposed to eat these blocks right?|
|Playing with Karina and Uncle Walter|
|Enough of this!|
|Learning to share|
|Helping Grandma & Grandpa open gifts|
|Karina (our Goddaughter) opening gifts|
|Playing with Grandpa|
|Grandpa & Grandma trying to show Audrey |
what you are really supposed to do with the blocks
|Audrey and cousin L|
Due to the lack of afternoon nap, we left fairly early so Audrey could go to bed. No crazy late nights drinking and playing games like in past years. Times are changing!!
This year we missed an important Auntie and Uncle who are off travelling the world on a grand adventure. Since Audrey couldn't say it in person, she sent them a cute email to say Merry Christmas! It only took about 50 tries to get these! She just wanted to eat the sign!
We miss you both lots and hope you are having the time of your lives!!
And that's our amazing first Christmas with Audrey!!