Monday, January 20, 2014

Christmas Day

Every year as Jamie gets older, holidays get more fun. Thomas and I were the first ones up on Christmas morning, and we knew Jamie had woken up once we heard him singing "Jingle Bells" from his bed. He was so excited to go find out what Santa had brought, and when he discovered his trains, all he wanted to do was play. Forget the stocking and all the other presents. He was all about the train! We did eventually get him to open some other things but it took a lot of persuading.

We had a great morning opening presents, eating a yummy breakfast, and playing with our new things (especially Jamie's!). Emily joined us via skype for breakfast, which was nice, though not as nice as it'll be when we can all be together again! Jamie continued to be distracted by the train until he opened some new dress-ups, at which point he became a police officer and no one was safe from handcuffs from that moment on! Thomas and I got spoiled rotten with our gifts. We spent the whole morning at Thomas's house, had a delicious Christmas lunch, and got to say hello to some visiting friends before we went back to my house.
hello Emily!
what a stinker
Santa brought a little something for baby brother too.
watch out, it's Officer James!
Daddy getting handcuffed :)
some of my favorite gifts... an Ergobaby carrier...
and a new Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag! Like I said, we got so spoiled!
I made Jamie a tool belt and got him some kid-size safety goggles.
Sir James the fierce
eating bûche and visiting with friends
 At my house, Jamie lost no time arresting his uncles and grandparents. He also put his tool belt and safety goggles to good use with Grandpa, and after all the kids had some quiet time, it was time for round 2 of present opening. Since we weren't there in the morning, we had them save all the presents to/from us to open together later on. Opening presents at my house is chaotic because there are so many people and so many kids who can have a hard time sitting still and waiting their turn. We got so many more great presents! We are lucky to have such generous families :)

One of my family's Christmas traditions is that we make homemade pizza for dinner on Christmas. Jamie and I shared a pizza. His half was loaded with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, pineapple, olives, and enough garlic salt that other people were leery of eating it. He loved it and ate at least 3 pieces (he originally told me he wanted 5 but I don't think even he could manage that after all the other food we'd been eating all day!). I am always grateful I have such a good eater!

After the kids were in bed, we spent the rest of Christmas night playing games and spending time with family. It was another wonderful holiday!

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