I still can’t believe how fast the holidays flew by this year. I’m not sure if it was having Nana & Papa around the last few months, the fact that the gets are kidding older, how many activities we tried to cram in while the grandparents are here, or a culmination of all those things. Whatever it was, I just wasn’t ready for Christmas to end. I’m still not, that’s why I’m sitting up now reliving the best Christmas EVER through photographs. I thought as long as I was at it, I may as well share a few of my favorites with you.
A much needed homecoming! I can’t tell you how much we’ve missed Aunt Megan the last few months and it really showed in the kids. They couldn’t get enough of her and neither could I. Wish I had taken a few pictures of our girls day out the day after Christmas, that was much needed too!
My three beautiful reindeer on Christmas Eve morn anxiously awaiting Pumpkin Gingerbread Waffles with Cinnamon Whip Cream (yum, yum!!)
The Mr. & I – such a rare occurrence these days to catch both of us in a photo. Not sure if that’s why I love it so much or if it has more to do with our hats …
In other news, I’m so glad I snatched up as many photo props as I could this year, you’ll see them in just about every shot. We had so much fun playing around with them. My personal favorites were christmas tree hats (not shown). I wore a particularly goofy one all night while wrapping presents and singing Christmas carols. Completely aware of how ridiculous I looked … and well informed, I might add … but impervious nonetheless.
Gifts for our neighbors. Happy & I decked out several 6 packs of root beer to make them look like reindeers and then he painstakingly spelled out cards for each delivery that said, Merry Kissmass & a Happy Root Beer!
Here’s a shot of Happy & Little delivering said reindeers. The pulled a wagon full of them around the whole neighborhood. Whenever we bumped in to someone we didn’t know, Happy would offer them a reindeer. People kept asking if we were selling them. Nope, just being kind neighbors. My favorite part was listening to him shout, “Happy Root Beer” as he ran from each door. He lost his antlers after a few blocks, but his smiles were priceless.
Happy & Nana decorating our cookies for Santa. They were having such a good time – laughing & giggling along the way, but my favorite part was watching from my post in the kitchen as she tried to assist Happy AND Sweet with their creations. Every time Nana turned her head to focus on one child, the other would stick candy galore in their mouths or lick gobs of sugar crystals off the table. Hilarious!
I was pretty impressed with how they all turned out, but I’m still wishing I would not have bitten in to the lemon sugar cookie with blue cake icing and mint chocolate chip sprinkles. Yuck! I think I can still taste it.
A quick family photo before dinner (you know, when all the kids fancy clothes come off). This was the civilized shot. I would show you the ones of us donning all the photo props, but Sweet wasn’t sitting so civilized in her dress in those pics.
And last but not least, my little darlings in their matching PJs getting ready to tear through the presents in record time.
Experiencing the holidays through the eyes of my children is a far greater treasure than I ever could have imagined. I finally have the chance to watch the magic unfold and teach them the true meaning of Christmas Spirit. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted and so much more.
Hope your holidays were wonderful too, I’d love to hear about all of them. Tell me about your favorite moment, your new traditions, your old traditions, the crummy gift you got from your aunt. I don’t care what you share, just share something. If you did a link of your own, list it below. Promise I’ll stop by and chances are high I’ll have something nice to say. Love you guys!!