Friday, January 8, 2016

Christmas 2015

Christmas has come and gone and somehow this post got deleted...not quite sure how that happened.  Any who..

Christmas was bittersweet this year.  It was absolutely wonderful in that is was Christmas and it was our very first one with our sweet Jolie.  Something so sweet about a baby's first Christmas.  It was sad in that a week prior Steve's mother passed away.  He spent the week before Christmas up in Ohio with family while I stayed back with two sick babes battling a nasty cold.  It was a rough week to say the least.  Steve flew back Christmas Eve evening.   We were on our way to pick him up and finish some last minute shopping when I realized we had a flat tire.   By the time my dad rescued us and we got Steve it ended up being a late night.  We did not finish up shopping until around 8.  We scooped up some drive thru burgers and had a floor picnic while we watched Mickeys Once Upon A Christmas.

It was quite the odd feeling to not be with all our family on Christmas Eve having a big dinner, but instead fast food haha.  With Steve just flying in and my brother having to work we postponed our normal Christmas Eve dinner to a Christmas day dinner.  We quickly finished up dinner and hurried through the rest of the Christmas Eve traditions.  We put out Santa's cookies, milk and carrots for the reindeer.  We all dressed up in our matching pajamas which I just looved! We read "The Night Before Christmas" and then tucked these two love bugs in bed.  While visions of sugar plums danced through their little heads, daddy and I spent the rest of the night on the floor with wine wrapping up all the gifts.



Christmas morning was magical, which it always is when kids are involved.  Gosh, I wish I could have bottled up Brynn's excitement forever. She is just too precious for words and I wish I could replay her pure joy that morning over and over.  She opened all her gifts and then helped sister open hers.





After presents we lit the candles on Jesus' birthday cake and sang him Happy Birthday.  I can tell you this little girl was just fine having birthday cake for breakfast ;)
Afterwards we headed over to Uncle Troys for Christmas morning breakfast.  It was his first time hosting with his girlfriend Steph and it got an A+.  


The rest of the day was filled with toy playing and naps all around.





That evening we headed over to my moms for dinner and presents.  The girls got a new sweet ride from their grandparents and even Lilly got in on the action.


Brynn's highlight of the night was this Cinderella dress which she insisted on wearing right that instant for the rest of the night.  She loved helping each person open all of their gifts.  One thing that I absolutely love about this girl is how much she enjoys everyone else and their excitement and special time just as much as her own.  & poor little Jolie passed out right at 7 on the dot and slept through the whole night.  Girl knows her bedtime.



It was a great Christmas.  We certainly missed our family in Alabama.  It was our first Christmas without them and it wasn't quite the same.  We all felt like a part of us was missing, not to mention having an 84 degree Christmas isn't exactly festive feeling.  Hopefully next year we can all be together again.  

It was a wonderful first Christmas as a family of four.  

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