Our Christmas

Christmas is by far our favorite holiday around here and this year did not disappoint.  Olivia was up for every activity from baking cookies to hanging 13 ornaments delicately on one branch of the Christmas tree.  The week leading up to Christmas Olivia got a really bad stomach bug that kept her down for 6 whole days.  She was back to her normal, crazy self just in time for Christmas eve though!  We always go to the candle light service with my parents at their church.  Olivia got to hold her own candle this year and besides whipping her hair around and almost catching it on fire a dozen times she did really well.  Her little face just beamed with pride that she got to be a big girl.  Jack chewed on the wick of my candle and when it came time to light them it wouldn't light. Probably for the best since I was still holding him and he was in rare form from the amount of candy he consumed during the service to keep him quiet.  We went back to my parent's house for a quick dinner and then home to get the kids in bed.  Olivia read Jack her version of "The Night Before Christmas" beside the tree and then we all piled in her bed and I read it again. It was one of those moments that I never want to forget, snuggled in with my family and the Christmas magic surrounding us.  Chad had a few last minute toys to put together and I had to set out the santa display so we got right to work once the kids were asleep. 

My children who usually sleep past 8am were up bright eyed and bushy tailed at 6:30am.  It was still practically dark outside.  I stalled Olivia by turning on the tv for a few minutes in our room and warmed up Jack's milk (yes, he still drinks warm milk in the morning and before bed and he's 17 months old haha) and coffee for chad and myself.  We chilled in the bed waiting for the sun to come up and then went to see all of their goodies.  Olivia tore through her presents pretty  quickly this year and Jack could have cared less about opening one single present.  Olivia was happy to help him open his gifts and then announce that the present inside was actually for both of them to share. 
We saved the big presents until last.  Chad pulled around Jack's fourwheeler and Olivia's princess carriage while we waited inside.  Olivia was so excited!  She had no time for pictures at all.  Jack jumped right on his and loved it.  Until he pushed the button and it moved and totally freaked him out.

We went to my mom's for a late breakfast with Ashley and her crew.  I did not take one single picture while we were there, but the kids always have so much fun playing together.  It was 76 degrees that afternoon so we took the party outside and let the kids burn off some energy. 
Chad and I cooked a traditional Ham Christmas dinner that evening and tucked our tired kiddos in bed early.  I am always sad when Christmas is over, but this year I am really down about it.  Maybe because it was such a great one, maybe because time is flying by so quickly.  We are holding on to our Christmas decorations a little longer this year and I may let the kids rock their Christmas jammies until June ;) 
I hope you all had the merriest Christmas and wishing you a happy new year!
"Hark the herald angels sing, Glory to the new born King!"

1 comment

  1. I love your Christmas pictures! So pretty!

    God bless,
    Xo, Claire