As I mentioned last year, we do our big family Christmas gathering before the day itself. Last weekend we were in Lima where M got to go crazy with her cousins and MAD got to meet his oldest cousin for the 1st time. While we were there shots were taken
cousins were met and adored
cookies were decorated
cracker houses were constructed
and the snow was played in
And that was just one day! More family came to visit on Sunday and we all came home exhausted but happy.
With family obligations out of the way, it gave us the last 2 days to just relax at home and make our own traditions and memories. One tradition is that we open gifts from my college BFF “Aunt Linds” on Christmas Eve. She spoils my kids rotten.
Last night Santa stopped by and loaded up the tree.
And this morning M was thrilled to find a stocking full of Christmas books (one of the things she asked the big guy to get for her) and tickets to see Toy Story on Ice
From us she got more books including a beautifully illustrated Nutcracker to mark her 1st year of seeing the ballet. And she also found a brand new musical jewelry box under the tree. She has been fascinated with the old beat-up one from my childhood so we decided she needed her own. She was delighted
MAD got several board books from Santa, much to his gnawing pleasure.
From us he got a “fill and spill” toy and… more books. We are a nerdy bunch.
Overall it was a wonderful holiday, which wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory pajama shot: