The Adventure Starts Here: Christmas 2013 Recap

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas 2013 Recap

Christmas was busy and a lot of fun for us this year.  Here's the full recap :)

We spend Christmas Eve with my family and Christmas afternoon with Chris' family.  Every other year, my older brother and his family come for Christmas (the other years they are in Florida with my sister-in-law's family).  This was our year, so we also went to my parents' house for Christmas morning so the cousins could all open gifts together :)

Holidays with my family involves a lot of eating and kids running around.  This year was so special since everyone was home.  We spent the morning of Christmas Eve at our place.  We wanted to wait until Noah had his nap before heading over to my parents' house.  We got Noah (and me) a festive candy cane donut... Noah loved it!  After a great 2 1/2 hour nap, we headed over.  We spent the rest of the day decorating cookies, acting out the Nativity, playing, eating, singing songs, and watching Elmo's Countdown to Christmas.  I also made sure to take tons of photos!

^^^ After the kids were done, Trisha (my sister-in-law) decorated these cookies to leave for Santa (one from each kid)

^^^ did you know that Joseph rode to Bethlehem in a car?  

^^^ Uncle David being attacked by the three boys.  I love that Noah is mixing something in the bowl with the spoon while wrestling :)

^^^ opening their Christmas PJs and Elmo's

^^^ In their Christmas Jammies!

On Christmas morning, we did our own little thing at our apartment.  Santa brought a bunch of gifts for Noah, and Chris and I exchanged gifts with each other.  Even though Noah is still too young to really understand what's going on, I want to start our own holiday traditions.  I like the idea of doing some things just the three of us.

^^^ we even moved our tree so that the presents could be around it :)

^^^ My parents contributed to the Santa gifts by getting Noah this kitchen (and the PB chair) that Noah absolutely loves!

We set the camera on the side table and used the remote to capture some photos of us opening gifts!

^^^ but I think Noah's favorite part was when he found the trash!

We then headed over to my parents' house to open gifts with the cousins.  Four kids (6 years and younger)... you can imagine the craziness of Christmas morning ;)

 We had our friend, Ken, make these shirts for the kids to wear.  The front says Christmas 2013, and on the back is their last name and their birth order.

^^^ Noah stole the clapper from the gift we gave Aidan!  

^^^ we got Noah the radio flyer wagon.  I'm glad to know Noah will still fit in it when he's older and possibly has a sibling ;)

 ^^^ when Kaitlyn got this gift, the first thing she said was "A small box with a ribbon tied around it is what I've always wanted!"... it was the cutest thing!  I then loved their faces when they realized my parents got them iPad minis for Christmas!

In the afternoon, we headed over to Chris' parents' house.  Noah fell asleep in the car and we transferred him into Chris' old room.  He had another super long nap, sleeping 2 1/2 hours again.  Once he was awake, we exchanged gifts and then had a nice family dinner.

^^^ The glockenspiel we got Noah was a HUGE hit!  He held onto that mallet for the rest of the evening.   (Side note: we learned that a xylophone is made of wood and a glockenspiel has metal bars with higher pitched sounds)

I also want to wish my father-in-law a very happy birthday!  We will be celebrating both his and Chris' birthdays on Sunday :)

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