We got a live Christmas tree which made our house smell like a house at Christmastime should. The kids loved going and picking it out and were so excited to decorate it! Melia enjoyed taking the ornaments on and off the tree so we put ones that were kid-friendly down low so she could enjoy the tree to her hearts content.
We had a great day at home on Christmas Eve... baking cookies, playing games, and repeating many times "1 more day until Christmas!" The kids had counted down the days with an advent calendar and were so excited that the day we had been waiting for was almost here! We got to spend some fun time with Uncle Dan and Aunt Stephanie playing tackle basketball in Oliver's room (yes, basketball), taking a walk in the crisp air to a sandwich shop for lunch, and introducing Dan and Steph to a new game (Matt's idea of heaven).
That evening, we headed over to Matt's aunt & uncle's house for our traditional BBQ dinner! The kids were excited that they got to open one present. It was a great time and really made it feel like Christmas was upon us!
Papa trying to convince Melia that he was stealing her "baba" (pacifier)
Melia showing us her "button" - which she will also push for you since it is an out-y!
I gave the kids the option of all sleeping in the same room that night like I used to do with my sisters on Christmas Eve. They were very excited about it and woke up bright and early at 5:30am and (I'm told) sat together on the end of the bed and waited for the allowed 6 o'clock wake-up-mom-and-dad deadline.
Christmas with children is just magical. We were so happy to be able to celebrate with just our immediate family at home this year. It was such a special time and a great bonding experience full of many happy memories. The kids were so excited and sweet all morning and it was such a joy to be around them and focus on just our family.
Gabby in her new Jesse shirt
Oliver got a fun batman cave, the game Mouse Trap which he loves assembling and Lego Harry Potter for the Wii!
Melia got a barking/walking little Dachshund puppy, and a talking/moving baby doll. Two of her favorite things - dogs and babies. She loved them!
Later in the morning we headed to Granna and Papa's house for more presents and a delicious Christmas lunch. We got to spend great time with Randy and Amy and Grandmama as well. We enjoyed Matt's new Telestrations game, watched movies and had some yummy Toll house Pie!
Matt's sister and her family got in town from Colorado on Christmas night and we enjoyed many days of fun with our COUSINS! The kids adore Olivia, Calvin and Atticus and had a blast every day they were here. We are so thankful for our wonderful family!