I feel like I have been lacking a little on the blog posts so I’ll share what a great Christmas we had! I’m guessing this is going to end up being full of pictures.
We kicked off the Christmas Whirlwind on Friday by attending the wedding of Chris’s good friend from college. A stayed home with my mom and sister. Chris and I never go out by ourselves so it was a really nice evening. The wedding was beautiful and we had a great time.
Saturday we celebrated Christmas with Chris’s parents since they were going to be in Ohio for Christmas Eve and Day. We had dinner and then opened presents. A is absolutely in love with the kitchen she received from her Nana and Pop Pop.
I’m not kidding when I say we couldn’t get her to stop playing with it. I won’t post the pictures we took, but after her bath she ran down to get in a little more naked playtime with the kitchen. Chris and I were happy to receive a trip to visit Chris’s brother, his wife, and new baby in Chicago. We have yet to meet A’s first cousin so we are excited to start planning the trip!
Sunday we relaxed a little in the morning and then went out to celebrate my birthday with my parents and sisters. It was a lot of fun. I always love having them home and it always goes by way too quickly.
Monday was Christmas Eve. We went to Christmas Eve church service at 5:00. Here is us in front of the tree before we left.
Even though A looks sleepy here, she did a great job during the church service. She really liked the music and Aunt Hannah was able to keep her occupied with her cherry chapstick. After church we came back here to have dinner and open one gift (a Christmas Eve tradition in my family). We opened gifts from our family dog Zoe (she always knows what we will like). Everyone left and Chris and I got ready for Santa’s visit. I had such a hard time falling asleep that night! I felt like I woke up every 2 hours. I was just so excited for A to wake up and see all of her gifts.
It is tradition in Chris’s family to take a picture on the stairs on Christmas morning. We are continuing with the tradition so here is A in her Christmas pjs
She was really good at opening up her own gifts this year so it was a lot of fun. I think one of her favorite gifts from Santa were her Touch and Feel flashcards.
I think they will be great entertainment in the car! She also loved the backpack from her friend Sage in Oklahoma. We actually couldn’t get her to take it off for most of the day.
Once we opened all of our gifts we packed up and headed over to my family’s house for more presents and breakfast. It was complete chaos over there and I loved it. It wouldn’t be a family Christmas without wrapping paper being thrown all over the place, yelling over each other to see what the other person got, and giving “shine” to whoever opened a fun gift. A fit right into the madness and was playing with her own gifts as well as everyone else’s. I think her favorite gift from Grandma and Pop was the Learning Tower she received from them earlier. We have been cooking and baking together a lot and we both love that thing. I’ll post a picture and rave review of it soon. This is not the best picture of her but I feel like it illustrates how exhausted she was after all of the gifts were opened.
She sat in that chair for about 5 minutes and looked like she was going to fall asleep. We packed up the car and headed home so we could all take naps.
This was one of the best Christmases I can remember. Last year was A’s first one but she was only 6 months old. This year was so great because she could really participate. It has been so much fun watching her play with all of her new things. Christmas has always been fun but its even more fun experiencing it through the eyes of a little one. I am really looking forward to next year when she’ll understand even more about the holiday.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas as well! Looking forward to blogging about my New Year’s Resolution soon 🙂