I recently found out that the holidays can bring out the worst in some people. I would love to write about this here, but can’t due to my blog being “public.” My “real life” friends and family, and Facebook friends know what I’m referring to, and I trust that you won’t comment on it here. In an effort to move past it, I am choosing to focus on the positive, and hope you don’t mind a long picture post filled with the many moments of Joy that were present in our Christmas!
My girls and I on Christmas Eve:
Decorating Santa’s cookies:
Putting cookies, milk, and an Oreo ball out for Santa…oh, and carrots for the reindeer!
Coming downstairs Christmas morning…
Santa brought Alivia “Zambi” the pet Elephant:
The look on Lainey’s face when she opened her Nintendo DS from Santa was Priceless!
Alivia wanted a princess art activity set, and Santa brought her one which she said was even better than the one she asked for!
The girls with their cousin, Kaytlin, on Christmas morning at my parent’s house.
(They were patiently waiting for my sister’s family to get there, so we could open presents!)
My Dad, with baby Ethan:
All the cousins!
From L to R: Alivia, Lainey, Alyssa, Natalie holding Alex, & Kaytlin holding Ethan.
Not pictured is Ryan James who was born today, December 29th!
Kaytlin and Ethan:
Opening presents at Grandma & Grandpa’s:
It cracks me up that Alex looks so excited here, even though what he was opening was clothes!
(He must have known it was from his favorite Aunt!)
Lainey and Alyssa both got these “Dance Around Dora” dolls from my parents. Lainey was so excited, because I think she forgot that she even asked for it!
Lainey helped me open my presents when I was done. Shawn didn’t get a picture, but I got a fabulous leather jacket from my parents! We also got a wad of cash, which I’m trying to keep secret from Shawn (Ha!).
These tired little ones watched a movie while Grandpa napped on Christmas afternoon:
This last picture is out of order, but I wanted to share it anyway. It’s from the night of the girl’s school Christmas program:
I hope you all had a joyful Christmas as well!