Wednesday, December 28, 2016

~Christmas Eve & Christmas Day 2016~

Christmas was so much fun this year! The kids were so excited to celebrate and for Santa to come! I love that we get to see a lot of our family over two days and eat so much delicious food!

It most certainly was a White Christmas this year! It was snowing all day Christmas Eve! I was happy that we hosted Christmas Eve with my family, so we didn't have to leave the house! We kept it casual with appetizers and desserts and there was no shortage of food! So full!

My family indulged me with a group photo-- one serious

...and one not so serious!

We managed to get a photo of all the girls... and Leo!

Ok Mom, one photo and then present time!

Leo lost his mind over some Paw Patrol. Good job Auntie!

Audrey had a minor meltdown since her present from my sister was small. She asked for a necklace for Christmas but apparently it would have been more appealing if it was wrapped in a big box, like Leo's gift!

Grandma gave her a gift that came in a larger box and she calmed down. Personally, I like the small boxed gifts...

Thrilled with her Princess Celestia pony!

Annual tradition of Santa's elves bringing us all matching pjs. Obviously the kids aren't as excited about this tradition as I am. 

My sister gave me this frame to add to my Christmas decor. I love it!

Saying good night to Grandma. Easiest bed time ever!

Family tradition from hubby's childhood- reading Twas the Night Before Christmas

My family didn't stay too late- everyone but my Mom, who was staying over, left by 11pm. But by the time we cleaned up, stuffed stockings, put together a few toys and visited with my Mom, it was 1am! Oops!

The kids slept in till 7:30am which I know is amazing for most parents but it was still too early for me! The diclectin knocks me out so we held them off from going downstairs by watching Paw Patrol for half an hour before practically dragging me out of bed.

Playing at the bottom of the stairs waiting patiently for Mommy.

Finally allowed into the living room! Checking out all the presents under the tree!

Heading straight for the stockings! They didn't even notice their Santa gifts already set up! Audrey got an Art easel and Leo got a hot wheels track.

Audrey immediately dumped hers out!

Excitedly showing me her new nail polish!

Before we launched into gifts, we posed for our traditional PJ photo.

Audrey wanted to open her huge gift first. It was a doll bunk bed that hubby made for her and she helped paint it. She was very excited!

Elsa was immediately tucked in.

The fancy gloves, crown and cape were a huge hit!

Leo was actually excited to get dino and digger books!

Didn't take long before Leo's dinosaur was attacking the Paw Patrol pups. 

But he is teaching his dino good dental hygiene.

He also enjoyed modelling my new wallet/clutch!

We were all thoroughly spoiled!

We had breakfast and the kids played with their new toys while I had a nap!

In the early afternoon, we headed to Grandma and Grandpa's for Christmas dinner with the other side of the family. We had to skip Leo's nap to get there in time so he only had a short 20 minute nap in the car. He was very cuddly when we arrived.

All the people wearing red!

The brothers coincidentally wore blue shirts!

We opened presents before dinner, which the kids were thrilled for round 3!

More craft supplies!

Dino Trux fan!


Baby cousin Lukas!

The girls playing peekaboo!

Auntie and Lukas

Grandparents and Grandbabies!

Playing cars with Uncle

Wasn't too hard convincing Uncle to read to them

We had a delicious turkey dinner and too many sweets for dessert. I'm still full!

It was so special to be able to spend so much time with both our families! I really do love our Christmases. I love being able to share so many traditions with our children and create new ones with them!

Merry Christmas!!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a wonderful Christmas. I agree with you, smaller boxes are usually better. Audrey will learn that in time.


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