Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Twas The Night Before Christmas...

We had such a wonderful Christmas! I can only hope that every Christmas is just as good as this one was!

I'll begin with Christmas Eve...

Christmas Eve morning began with cinnamon rolls and chocolate truffle coffee. It was nice to relax with the family before all the chaos began!

It was extra special this year, thanks to a jolly baby girl celebrating her first Christmas, and my sweet big kids!

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Every year, the kids leave food for the reindeer in our yard. We decided to move it up to before the festivities began this year, so nobody missed it due to falling asleep in the car! After the Steelers game ended, Dylan and Lexie sprinkled our front yard with reindeer food.

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We then headed to my sister's house to celebrate with my family. Good food, good conversation, lots of baby hogs, and a great time spent with family! What I love most about Christmas Eve is the love, the happiness, and the togetherness.

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All was going well, and then I glanced over and saw Dylan holding his head, screaming. I thought Lexie had accidentally hit him with a present, and then I saw blood streaming down his cheek. I frantically asked him what happened, and he pointed up at the mantle, and then I realized a stocking holder had fallen off and hit him on the head.

I rushed him to the kitchen, and put a towel on his head. There was so much blood that I began to get woozy. By that point, everybody else had caught on to what had happened, and surrounded him. I had a feeling we'd be heading to the ER, but we managed to get the bleeding stopped, and realized it wasn't necessary to get it stitched up. Dylan was a trooper, and recovered quickly!

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Our evening with my family ended too quickly, but it was time to continue the fun with Grant's family! I love spending time with them. On Christmas Eve, after church ends, we spend time together at Nannie's house. We eat, listen to Christmas music, do a small gift exchange, drink homemade eggnog, and enjoy our time together!

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Every Christmas Eve, the kids get one small gift to open from us, followed by new ornaments from MawNaw and PapPap, and then new Christmas pajamas to open and wear! I love our traditions, and they really seem to get excited about it!

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We had fun with Grant's family, although it was much quieter than the time spent with my family! We have so much fun on Christmas Eve that it always flies by too quickly!

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Finally, it neared midnight, and the kids grew tired, so it was time to head home.

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Lexie fell asleep on the way home, so Dylan put out the milk and cookies for Santa, and hung up the Santa key, with "help" from Lily.

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After a long, happy day, the kids were all snug in their beds...

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...and soon after, I ran into a special visitor...

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14 comments:

  1. Looks like you all had a great time! Glad Dylan is okay, that must have been scary! :(

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  2. We did reindeer food and caught santa too!

    I swear, that is the smiliest baby you've got :-)

    Sorry to hear about Dylan's injury, but SO glad that he didn't have to go to the ER.

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  3. What great pictures!!

    Where are Lexie and Dylan's pjs from?

    Oh my on the head wound!

    I always take pictures of my kids sleeping too. :) especially Christmas Eve.

    xoxox

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  4. Love the cuties in their Christmas PJs!!

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  5. Glad for no trip to the ER... head wounds gush so much. Looks like a great time was had by all, despite the head wound.

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  6. Cute pics! Love the jammie tradition. We do it too :)

    Plus the kids get new jammies from their Aunt and Uncle on Christmas Day to wear that night too!

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  7. I am so glad that Dylan is okay! Bless his heart! I am happy to see that you didn't get to woozy as well! All of these photos are so great! Lily is such a smiley baby - precious!

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  8. How fun!!!! Lily is too darn cute!!!!

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  9. Looks like a great time!!

    That's too bad Dylan was hurt... glad it wasn't worse.

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  10. So cute! Glad your little man's tough and okay. Mine always gets hurt! It's like he has a new battle wound every week!

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  11. Sorry to hear about Dylan's head. Good thing, nothin really serious.

    love all their smiles! :) esp Lily's!

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  12. I love the kids' Christmas pjs they are sooo cute and soooo Gymboree? you cannot go wrong in that store! (Lily's from Kohls? scary I can recognize where pjs are from...aaah)

    I love Lily sucking her thumb,so sweet, but my favorite is the Santa, he is seriously the cutest little Santa ever. Hubs?

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  13. Dylan looks like he handled that head wound well! I love the pajamas and the box Lily has looks delicious!

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  14. love this & Cute pics!!! Glad Dylan is okay

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