On the 23rd we always gather with my dad's sister (aka Jahpa) and her family. This is the 2nd year we have had this gathering at our house. Aunt Martha makes the lasagna (our tradition) and the other ladies bring all of the other fixings. "All" I have to do is get the house ready which shouldn't be a big deal, but with 3 small kiddos.... Either way, we always have a great time and it is the even that officially kicks off our Christmas!
Ace and Jahpa
Ace and Granny
Lydia loves all things Shopkins!
This year the adults did the Christmas Swap for our gifts. It was fun to switch it up!
Me and my mommy!
"G" and Ei
Nothing beats this precious smile! He is scooting all over the place. I'm not sure he will ever crawl, but he will get to where he needs to go I promise that!
These two sweet girls were such a big help in the kitchen! They both love helping out and I enjoy sharing these traditions with them!
On Christmas Eve we always get together with my inlaws for our traditional soup dinner and gifts. This year I made Taco Soup and Potato Soup. They were both delicious and so super easy!
My sister-in-law, Betsi, had back surgery at the beginning of break so this was her first official outing since being home.
Lydia loved unwrapping gifts! We had to have more than one conversation reminding her of the true meaning of Christmas and how fortunate she was to receive all that she did. I know that is hard for a 4-yr old to comprehend, but it made me feel better! ;)
Ace loved the bows and paper!
Mackaylan... Why does she look like she is about 13 in this pic? She is growing into such a wonderful young lady. She purchased all of her Christmas presents this year from her own money and put so much thought into each one. So special!
Pop O. Pop O. Bam. Ba-Lam!
Grams puts so much thought into the purchasing, wrapping, and giving of gifts each year. Yes, she does go overboard, but from one whose love language is also "Gifts" I totally understand! I am so blessed with the BEST in-laws!
Mackaylan is into Simply Southern shirts right now! (Just in case you couldn't tell! LOL)
Christmas Day always begins with everyone opening their stockings on our bed. I'm not sure how that started, but it's a fun tradition!
Santa brought Lydia a Marker Maker! She didn't have many things on her list, but thanks to You Tube she did have the Marker Maker and the Chocolate Pen on it. Santa came through with both!
Santa brought Mackaylan the America Girl Flip-Top Desk and the Mary Ellen TV along with several other things!
One of Ace's big items was a Fisher-Price Race Track. He also got an activity table and a kiddie robot that sings and dances.
After we "did" Santa we went upstairs to the Family Room to open gifts from each other. Mickey started off by reading and discussing the Christmas Story with us. I'm so blessed to have a husband that is the spiritual leader of our household.
Christmas jammie shot!
We didn't really do presents with each other this year, but I couldn't resist these Chicago Bear sweatpants when I saw them! Go Bears! (The funny thing is they are "joggers" which are supposedly really in style, but maybe not for a 36 yr. old man. LOL He likes them though and said he will wear them to lounge around the house!)
Mac wanted Just Dance 2 Disney Edition and Daddy came through!
Mickey and Lydia working on making markers. It amazes me how she knows exactly what to do since watching all of her You Tube tutorials.
Mackaylan loves Lego Friends and she got a set from Santa and Lydia.
The afternoon consisted of going to The O'Shields for Christmas with the Rush family. We always have a great time eating, opening gifts, and being together.
Yep, you can tell by these smiles we had a great Christmas!