Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Christmas ~ 2013

Christmas is one of the reasons why I wish we had a larger family.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my family.  But, I'm always wishing for more members of it.  Or, at least I wish our entire family all lived in the same town.  That would be really nice.  I love entertaining so much, but it's always just the four of us and my parents.  One of these days we're going to have a huge Christmas Eve party!

Anyway, last Christmas we had my parents over as usual on Christmas Eve for dinner, to hang out, open a few presents and Pap read the boys The Night Before Christmas.  It's our little family's tradition. :)

Each year we get the boys matching Christmas jammies that they get to open on Christmas Eve and they wear that night (this is so I can get some cute pictures of them in them on Christmas morning, lol) and my parents always get them each an ornament that they also get to open on Christmas Eve.  Last year Jacob was complaining of not having any footie pajamas like his brother, so I made sure the pair I chose for him had the feet in them.  It's definitely safe to say that he LOVED them!

Just before they went to bed to wait for Santa, I tried to take a good shot of them in front of the tree with the lights glowing (like I had seen on Pinterest).  I didn't have a good enough lens, though, at the time.  I've since bought a 50mm lens for my camera, so next year I should be able to get a much better shot.
They also put out some cookies and milk for Santa, and carrots for the Reindeer.  After all, they're working their tails off all night long.  Gotta give them a little snack. ;)

The next morning they were up and early (of course!).  I snuck down to get a picture of what Santa left before they wandered down the stairs, and then I was lucky enough to catch a photo of them each coming down the stairs.  So precious!
These are two very lucky, very loved, very SPOILED little boys!
Over the next couple of hours the boys tore in to all their new toys, checking everything out.  I think they were quite pleased what the big guy brought them!

Jacob knew he would be playing soccer in the Spring, so Santa brought him a new net and ball.  After they were done opening their gifts, we took the net outside and let him kick around the ball a little bit.  It was so cold, but that didn't seem to bother either of the boys!  They went out in their footie jammies!  haha 

Later on in the day, my parents arrived with round two (see what I mean about them being spoiled).  It was as much, if not more, then the first round!  So, they spent another hour or so opening gifts ...

That little Elmo in the picture above is solely responsible for Henry potty training, by the way.  I'll write another blog post about that at a later date, though.
My parents got each other personalized jerseys for their favorite teams (Steelers for my mom and Packers for Rick).  Pretty cool!

My parents got me another awesome Santa to add to my collection!  And, my mom fulfilled one of my childhood dreams of owning an American Girl doll!  I had always wanted one, but never got it.  Now that I have two boys and will never buy one for anyone, *I* am the proud owner of Rebecca. :)

Anyway, back to our day ... we spent the rest of the day hanging out, watching TV/football and playing games.  Jacob got a new Cars Monopoly game for Christmas, so he played that with Gee and Pap quite a bit. 
We had a yummy dinner and enjoyed each other's company!  A totally awesome Christmas was had by all!

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