We had a wonderful holiday season. We had plenty of treats and chances to bake cookies with Grandma and Nana.
We got to spend time with family on the 24th at Nana and Papa’s house.
Nana made an adorable hand puppet theater set for the boys. Complete with the family cats and dogs and Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Cheers and Cheese!
This was our very first Christmas in our own home since Joel and I were married. Now that the boys are old enough to “get” the whole Christmas thing I wanted to let them wake up and come downstairs to see the tree and all the presents. I think I was more excited for Christmas morning than they were!
We set out cookies for Santa the night before and after the boys were in bed Joel stayed up putting together a bob the builder play set for the boys. I snoozed on the couch after getting all the presents under the tree.
We started two traditions with the boys this year. One was our advent count down boxes we opened each night to let the boys add ornaments to the tree. The other was reading a new Christmas themed book each night during our bedtime routine. I checked out a bunch of books from our library and it was a lot of fun!
We put some books in their bed while they were sleeping and when they woke up the next morning they were both talking about their books and didn’t want to get out of bed.
Miles was checking each page for the chimney in his Christmas book “Is THIS a chimney?”
It took about five minutes to get them to come downstairs. Graham kept telling us that Santa wasn’t coming today. We said it looked like he must have come because his cookies were gone, maybe we should check it out.
Miles came down the stairs and ran straight past the tree and presents to go check out the cookie plate.
As Graham came down the stairs they clued in to all the presents and immediately went to the bob set.
They played bob for a little while as the rest of us started on coffee and breakfast. Grandma cooked us a nice hot meal.
Then it was time for presents!
We had stockings and time to play with toys as the boys opened up each thing.
Puzzles, blocks, trucks, trucks and TRUCKS!
Miles started asking “Is it gonna be a truck?” each time he opened a present.
And most of the time he was right!
The boys got a bunch of new books.
And we all lounged around in our new pjs that Nana made us. Graham pointed out at one point that he and Daddy “We’re matches”.
We stayed in our pjs all day and played with all the new toys. It was a perfect Christmas day.
It didn’t take long for Miles to master the new truck puzzle.
We tossed all the paper and packaging around the corner as we opened presents and when Graham discovered it he shouted “Look at all the mess you guys!”
Lounging and playing.
And we had a google hang out with our cousin Nora!
Later that week Joel and I managed to get out for a dinner and we snagged a quick family picture in front of the tree before kissing the boys goodnight.
The boys got a cool indoor hockey set from Uncle Matt and Aunt Suzanne. I imagine we’ll get a lot of use out of it.
For New Years we continued our tradition of getting together with Jeff and Kristina for an overnighter. All the kids had fun playing together. It’s fun seeing them getting older and able to actually play together. It took a couple of hours for the three boys to stop pushing and chasing each other but once that was sorted out they started giggling and playing.
The next morning Kaylee taught Graham how to play pictionary.
And the boys hung out until it was time to pack up and head home.
Our living room has turned into a second play room while we get all the Christmas toys sorted out and put away. Miles panicked a bit when he saw us putting away the Christmas decorations. He asked what we were doing and when we explained we were packing up all the Christmas stuff he started running around and gathering up toys “No NO don’t put away the toys!” He thought all the toys were going to get taken away too!
The only thing missing was some snow. I was looking forward to being able to play in the snow with the boys now that they’re older. Perhaps next year we’ll have a white Christmas.