The holidays for us always officially start on December 21st which is my mom's birthday. Ava was so dramatic in saying "I can't possibly make Grandma a birthday present, it's just tooooo close to Christmas" I think all birthdays should be special, whatever the date. Especially my mama who made every one of our birthdays growing up something to be celebrated. Ava came around and did make her a gift and we all went out to celebrate with pizza and of course cake!
|It was a four layer chocolate and cookie cake...delish|
|Having fun with the Wiki Stix, Jae handing out quarters and little Jacob had fun without quarters!|
|Banana chocolate cake and cinnamon rolls|
|Peppermint Kiss brownie bites|
|Our tiny snowman. Snow was not great for snowmen|
And then it was Christmas. Two days full of family and food. Times better expressed more with photos and less with words. Our holiday...
Christmas Eve with Matt's parents. Good food, good company and lots of gifts. They tend to spoil us rotten.
|Bathing beauty in a new suit, Ava looking very European and Matt's new amp & microphone...it just got a little louder in our house.|
Christmas morning. This is by far my favorite. I remember the excitement of waking up on Christmas morning and even as an adult, I feel it. It helps hearing little voices coming down the hall. Making them wait just a few extra minutes so I could make coffee, put on the Christmas tree lights and of course music. I told them to go peek and let me know what they saw. They came back with excited squeals of "Santa was here!" Yes he was. And, he ate the cookies and left a note.
The girls didn't get a ton of gifts from us, but I was so happy with everything we found for them. Gifts that will hopefully last them a long time. Judging by their smiles and hours of play with them so far, I'm thinking we did well.
Two of my favorites...a handmade bunny & wooden doll bed...both I found on Etsy
The best gifts of all....homemade by my girls of course!
|"Made with love" That's the best kind of making|
After a breakfast of homemade cinnamon rolls and playing with toys, it was off to my parents for our crazy Christmas celebration there. Complete with grandparents, great grandparents and LOTS of cousins.
|Steve totally won the ugly sweater contest that we didn't have|
|Oh, this little guy just melts my heart|
|My nephews and Matt being the|
|What pretty ladies!|
|My parents opening the gift from all of us...|
|Success!! They LOVED it!!|
The day after Christmas, I always make sure to take off work. It's the best day to just stay home. The girls and I didn't leave the house all day. Everyone was content, playing with new things and relaxing. I was half tempted to take down the tree, but stopped myself. I figured I should squeeze out a few more days of the Christmas spirit. Then it'll be done, time for a new year and a fresh start.
Matt got me a beautiful book for Christmas. It is about food, Italy and a woman who traveled around there to learn all about cooking Italian food. It is one of those books that you just want to look at and feel. Thick paper, amazing photographs and writing that makes you feel like you actually are in a little village in Italy cooking with someones grandma. I have only just started reading it and am so excited about it. It had me at the very first line...
It's gonna be a good one.
I hope your holidays were merry.