Monday, December 27, 2010

Our Christmas 2010

We had a very good Christmas! It was an exciting one, too, because we got to finally share our big news! We announced the news with our Holiday cards, and everybody was so excited!

Our Christmas was just as busy as ever. It was especially tiring this year, though. Dylan and Lexie both had the sniffles, and I woke up with another bad cold on Christmas Eve. That, combined with the nasty morning (make that all day) sickness, was not a good mix. We all managed to have a great time, though!

On Christmas Eve, we stopped by my sister's house to visit. The kids had fun with their cousins, and they all exchanged little gifts.

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We came home for a bit, so Lexie could nap. Dylan ended up painting and building a wooden train set, while I cleaned the house. As soon as Lexie woke up, we returned to my sister's house for dinner with my family. My kids are so blessed to have so many cousins, ranging in age from 2 to 25!

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My parents gave all the little kids art sets, which kept them occupied for a good half hour! Although we would have liked to stay longer, we had another place to visit! It's tradition to end our evening at Nannie's house.

While there, we spend time with Grant's family, exchange some gifts, and give the kids their special Christmas pajamas and a little present. Grant's mom also gives them their new ornaments.

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Dylan was exhausted, so he put a pillow over his head, and quickly went to sleep.

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He stayed asleep until we got home, and I briefly woke him to put cookies and milk out for Santa. Once both kids were snug in their beds, Santa showed up!

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Dylan came into our room around 8:30 in the morning. He didn't say a single word for a half hour. He just snuggled up to me. Finally, he sat up, and said, "You should see all the presents Santa left under the tree!!!"

We woke up our sleepy girl, and the kids began tacking their mounds of presents!

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Lexie is a very serious when she opens gifts (I think she gets embarrassed), but Dylan's reaction to every gift was priceless. He had a huge smile on his face the entire time, and jumped up and down, shouting with excitement, after every single gift. He made Christmas morning so perfect!

After we finished unwrapping gifts, my parents came over with their gifts, and then we had a huge Christmas breakfast. We look forward to that every year!

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After my parents left, we got dressed, and headed over to Grant's parent's house to open gifts with them.

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We stopped by Nannie's briefly, so she could give the kids their gifts, before heading over to Grant's other Grandma's house. It was so nice to see that side of the family, since we missed Thanksgiving, and his Grandma's reaction to our news was so funny! She was so excited!

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We went to my sister's house again, for dinner with my family. Dylan and Lexie were so excited to spend so much time with cousin Aubrey. They really miss her!

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We stopped by Nannie's again (are you tired yet?), but didn't stay long because I was so queasy, and the kids were tired. I feel bad that I didn't take many pictures this year, but I was so focused on trying not to throw up!

When we got home, Grant and Dylan immediately began building a big Lego set, and Lexie and I put together some of her toys. It wasn't long before the kids were laying around.

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Grant and I snuggled on the couch, watching Christmas shows, after the kids went to bed. The Christmas mess is still under my tree.

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It was a wonderful Christmas!

15 comments:

  1. I'm going to have to go take a nap just reading about your Christmas! We were exhausted and never even left our house!

    I remember the Christmas I was pregnant with Brynne (remember, she was born on your new baby's due date!) I was SO NAUSEOUS the whole day! I remember begging for a Christmas miracle that I would not be sick on Christmas Day. And I WASN'T! I had started taking an extra dose of Vitamin B12 (I think, or 6) and all day Christmas, and from that day forward, I felt fine. I was so happy to be able to enjoy Christmas Day outside of the toilet ring.

    So glad you had a Merry Christmas! No, go take a nap!

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  2. Congrats on your news! You're gonna need a new banner!! Your christmas looked like so much fun. XOXO

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  3. my goodness, SO many presents to enjoy! AND CONGRATS on baby!!! Yay!! What a beautiful addition to such a precious family that you have. LOVE the idea of announcing on x-mas card...LOVE IT! Great pictures too!!

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  4. Oh my gosh! I totally gasped when I saw the picture of Dylan in his pj's! Know how we talk about our boys looking alike? Those are exactly the same as Itty Bit's Christmas pj's! How uncanny is that?

    Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!

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  5. Sweet Christmas! after you told me that your parents gave the kids art sets, I kept watching for dirty clothes! Nada!
    Now, when do we start seeing pics of the baby bump?

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  6. Oh man sorry you are not feeling so well...ugh! Loved seeing all your family pics, looks like Santa was very good to Lexie and Dylan. =)

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  7. Wow, you guys are troopers! That is a lot of stops to make in two short days - how fun for your kids to get to see so much family!

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  8. What an amazing Christmas! Congrats! So excited for all of you!!!

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  9. Wow, what a busy but wonderful Christmas! All of the children look beautiful in their Christmas attire! I love that Dylan came in your room and snuggled instead of screaming in excitement, what a sweet boy!

    Oh my goodness, I must of missed your BIG news! Congrats to you all! How exciting!

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  10. What a special Christmas! Cute pictures. Congrats on your exciting news. Happy for you and your family!

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  11. The looks on their faces is priceless. I just adore your blog!

    Merry Christmas! ( a tad late)

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  12. Looks like you guys had an amazing Christmas!! Hope you're nausea subsides soon. That's the one thing about being pregnant that I don't miss!

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  13. Love all the Christmas pictures. Looks like you guys had a wonderful time.

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