Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas 2012

* Picture heavy post!  You've been warned! :-)

Merry Christmas!  This year was such a fun Christmas.  We had all our Christmas' in one day, and they were all on Christmas Day!  We didn't stress or play up the whole Santa Clause thing this year with Sara Kate because she doesn't really understand yet.  She was just excited about Christmas and that was fine with us.  We had my mom and dad here with us so we did our family Christmas with them first.  After she went to bed on Christmas Eve we got all the presents out and around the tree.  
We got her up around 7:30 and brought her into the living room.  She was so excited about the 'presents' as she kept saying.  We attempted to get her picture in front of the tree (1 shot is all she would allow!) before she helped me hand out the presents.
 She loved being a big helper, although she occasionally got distracted with the presents!
 It was finally time to open!
 Her big present from us was a play kitchen and we saved that for her to open last.
I love this picture.  She looks so happy and so big!!  Unfortunately we didn't have time to put it together then because we had to hurry and make breakfast and get dressed to go to Chris' parents.
We were at Chris' parents house at 11 and we had Christmas with them.  The whole family was there...his grandpa, his sister, her husband, our niece and nephew, and his family from Texas, which includes his uncle, aunt, and 2 cousins.  With his family we buy presents for the kids and all the adults do a gift exchange.  It's fun, although it was a gift card Christmas, which was fine with all of us!!
 Even on Christmas Hayden is the most serious child on the planet!! :-)
 Zachary and Uncle Ron
After we did gifts, it was time to get ready for lunch.  My mom and dad came over and we had a big feast with everyone.  It was so nice having so much family together in one space.  We missed having my brother and his wife there, otherwise it would have been complete.
Now for silly snap shots...
A grin!  Can you believe it?!
After the meal, the kids had SO much fun playing dress up with Hannah's Christmas present!!
This boy doesn't stand a chance with girl cousins!!
According to the weather, we were SUPPOSED to have a white Christmas, which I was so excited about because I've never had a white Christmas, but we only saw a few flurries.  The big snow storm went south of us.  But we had a great Christmas.  We were so blessed to get to experience so much family together on such a special holiday.  Sara Kate has had so much fun playing with her kitchen and doll and puzzles and Elmo game and zoo train and books, etc!  She was really fun this year, and I know it'll only get better from here.  Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!!

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