Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Morning!

I know that it's New Year's Eve and many people have already taken down their trees and all that jazz,'s still Christmas around these parts. I don't typically make resolutions, and I didn't meet very many of my goals from this past year (baha) so let's not talk about THAT. :D Christmas morning sounds like more fun.

There must have been something in the air this year, because I hear a lot of kids slept in this Christmas, and ours did, too! I think that's just nuts, considering my siblings and I made a habit of waking up our parents, having breakfast, and opening presents all before the sun had a chance to rise. But once they were up, the fun began!

The girls dove for the stuffed animals and ran to their stockings before I even had a chance to grab the camera, haha. So since I didn't get a good Christmas morning shot, here was our tree the night before:

Smaller than years past, but intentionally so. It was just about perfect. :)

This was the first picture I took that morning:

Half asleep, but not wasting any time. :)

We always begin with stockings, and this year I wrapped some of the small gifts tucked inside. I don't usually do that, but since there were fewer presents under the tree I thought it would be fun to have more to open.

Stockings are my favorite. I just love picking out little things! The water bottles were actually a daddy score when he stopped by the toy store on his way home from work one night. Go Eric. :)

Reagan slept through all of the stocking stuff, but eventually he did receive his gift, too! He spent most of the morning cheering on his big sisters as they opened presents. "Go, girls, go!" Observe:


And he's such a happy baby - this picture cracks me up:

"Oh boy, it's Christmas!"
I hope you read that in a squeaky baby voice, cause that's totally how I meant it. :)

Here's a down and dirty breakdown of a few of the kids' gifts. 

"Something they want..."

Dream Lites. And yep, they were totally worth hunting down a good deal on. The girls LOVED them.

"...something they need..."

New bedding for all!

The girls helped Reagan with his. As you can see, he was very excited about it. :)

Next up:
"...what you think they might like..."

I didn't have to think, I knew they wanted this!

"...and something to read..."

Here is Reagan's!

The kid is going places, I'm telling ya.

"Finally, get them something to wear..."

Evie shouted, "Owl clothes!!" She gets excited about everything. :)

"...and this year your Christmas tree will not be bare." <-- And it certainly wasn't.

After presents were opened and cinnamon rolls were eaten, I tried to get some pictures of the kids in their jammies before we all got ready for the day. Posing three kids at this age is...a challenge. I'm lucky to get a halfway decent shot, haha.

Good enough! 

We had another Christmas party to attend on this day at Eric's cousin Sharon's house. It was a great day filled with food and family. We were chasing kids around and didn't get any pictures while we there, but we tried to get just one family shot before we left.

Doing this required setting up our camera on a tripod and using the timer - which we've never done. We told the girls to "look at the magic flashing light!" to get them to face forward. Oh my goodness, I'm laughing just thinking about this little experiment.'ll see.... Here are a few of the pictures we got.

Baha...we ended up with a couple of passable poses, but ultimately gave up. We'll try again some other day!

Too bad Eric's head kept getting cut off!

We came home on Christmas evening to a house that looked like someone picked it up and shook it around so that the contents just spilled out everywhere. I'm still trying to catch up on housework! And that wasn't even the last of our celebrating. We had even more festive fun over the weekend...but...that one's going to have to wait. :) 


Kim Luke said...

aww lovie this! The girls are just to cute always matching. makes me wish i had another one for just a second. lol
that first family picture made me LOL! Too funny!!!
Self family portraits never work for us!

Katie said...

The pictures of Reagan cheering his sisters on cracked me up! He really looks like he's dancing and cheering :)

Adrien said...

Tbt: I dress the girls alike because it is easier for ME, haha. I couldn't imagine always shopping and choosing different outfits for two girls of similar size. I find something I like and say, "I'll take two, please!" :D

Katie - Those pictures crack me up, too!

Christine Pettijohn said...

Wyatt and Isaac loved their dream lites also. Those were one of their favorites and they sleep with them on every night.

I like your 5 gift idea. I might have to try that next year. The boys get toys but are done playing with them in about a day and Vince and I are tripping over them right and left.


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