Well, since it is almost my birthday, I think I really need to get all of the Christmas posts up! I just mailed our Christmas cards yesterday…heehee! I like to think of it as making the holiday season last a little bit longer! Anyway, Christmas morning is always a special time, but with it being Lydia’s first Christmas it was extra special this year. Mackaylan woke up first and Mickey and I decided to let Lydia continue to sleep so we could have some one-on-one time with her while she examined her loot from Santa, and then once Lydia woke up we did the same with her. It worked out perfectly! I have videos of both of the girls entering the living room, but since this post is already going to be a picture overload I will refrain from posting those too!
Look what Santa left… These girls must have been really good!
I couldn’t find our stockings this year so Santa had to make due with gift bags! haha
Santa decided to carry on the O’Shields’ tradition of a BIG box of Mackaylan’s favorite candy! I guess Santa has a Sam’s card too!
Lydia loves playing with her activity table and ball toy!
Another American Girl Doll joins the family… Rebecca! I think I see bunk beds in our future.
The morning would not be complete without our traditional visit from Granny and Granddaddy.
Lydia, Mickey and Mackaylan opening their stockings… I mean bags!
After all of that fun, we got dressed and went to worship with our church family! Once we got home we opened up gifts from each other.
Then, of course, we needed a mini photo shoot…
before returning to play with their new toys!
Speaking of toys, Lydia was very much appreciative, but quickly decided she would have been just as happy if Santa would have left her a box of tissue paper!
Around 3:00PM we packed up and headed over to the O’Shields’ to celebrate Christmas with the Rush family. This is always a fun time and definitely something we look forward to each Christmas.
It’s amazing! Santa left stocking stuffers at Grams and Pop-O’s house too!
We were all so happy with the Rush’s arrived!
These two precious pumpkins loved looking out the door! Maybe they thought if they stood there long enough they would see Santa flying back to the North Pole! Hmm…
After lunch it was time for yet another round of presents!
And then we gathered on the porch for our 2nd annual Christmas photo shoot!
The Rush Family:
The O’Shields Family:
And you know a photo shoot would not be complete without a couple of “silly shots!”
Now, I only have one more Christmas post left to do and we can close up 2011 and begin 2012. Stay tuned…