Christmas & Police Snappydog
Can you tell what Police Snappydog is to Carolina? ..... Feliz Navidad of course! Ha!
We had such a GREAT Christmas! The week before was spent cleaning, cooking, watching Christmas movies, wrapping, and hanging out with the family including GG & Tessa. They are always a hit with the kids - playing with them, talking and singing with them, reading to them. Carolina and Tessa especially got into playing toys together, it was hilarious to listen to. I was so ready for a break - and even though it was busy, I didn't feel stressed or harried at all.
|Ripley might not have been in the Christmas spirit|
|Todd's Christmas Eve eve project... 500 pieces + 5 hours = 1 adorable play kitchen|
|I LOVE my Christmas tree - it's my favorite decoration!|
We went to Christmas Eve service at church, as usual, but the BEST PART was - when we walked out there was, to our amazement, a blanket of snow on everything and big flakes still coming down. I decided it was a Christmas miracle! Who doesn't want a white Christmas? And we weren't expecting one at all!
Afterwards, we went to Linda and Steve's house for snacks and the cousins exchanged gifts. We had a good time, but we always have to cut it short so the kids can get to bed on time and not be cranky messes the next day. I was worried about it because of course as soon as break starts, we start letting them stay up later and later. I tried to keep them on schedule, but they probably were off by an hour. (As of yesterday we were all still sleeping in until 9 a.m. - uhoh).
My family decided it would be best to have Christmas day at our house this year - they graciously worked around the kid's sleep schedule to be here before stocking opening, and to deliver the presents too.
|and as you can see... it was a lot of presents, there were even more around the corner. My living room can't handle it! I thought it was hilarious that nobody cared to empty them out of the boxes.|
|Yep, this was the best picture I got of the kids on Christmas day - what is wrong with me?! I had the DSLR out and everything, but we just got going and didn't want to stop!|
I don't know if it was that talk, or just that they are the best kids in the world - but they were perfect. They were so happy with every present they opened, even clothes, they played with everything, they didn't ask for more. They didn't get impatient or grouchy. I was just so impressed. The day was happiness.
|When can we start?!|
|This girl got spoiled - but she loved every last thing she got!|
|When Liam got his Disney Infinity 2.0 (his present from us - kind of a big deal) - he ran straight and hugged his dad... forget mom... but that's ok - they definitely have a a video game nerd bond.|
|Wearing her new sweatsuit, galoshes, helmet, while riding her new scooter.|
|bother, seestor, mother|
|At a mid-day break, this happened! Yay! I'm going to be an auntie again!|
|the presents are gone, but the happy mess takes over|