Ok, so I'm a little late to the game with the whole Christmas posting - and for absolutely no good reason. Oh well. Just think of it as your Christmas season extended a bit!
Waking up Christmas morning:
SO MANY PRESENTS!
Wake up, wake up Daddy!
You guys, this kid KILLED me with the presents. Usually we end up taking at least all morning to open presents (we always do it one at a time, so everyone can see what everyone got and their reactions - it also helps slow down the overwhelming excitment of it for the kiddos), but my little guy? He took a WEEK to open everything. It was crazy. He'd open a present, then play with it for a while, then check out what everyone else got. We had to convince him to open the next one! But I was really happy that he was so chill about it - I always want him to recognize the generosity and effort that goes into choosing gifts, not simply rush through opening everything.
Lots and lots of books! (his favorite!)
"Here you go, Uncle Stu!"
"Hmm, what's in this one?"
A new puzzle!
Auntie Meg got a Cricut for cake decorating!
My new peacoat!
Uncle Stu gave Cole a candle - he just adored it!
And he was SOOOO excited about his new rainboots from Gram and Pap:
Seriously, he was stomping around in them and refused to take them off!More candle lovin':
Gram and Pap got a Jeep wine tour:
And Cole's last gift was a basketball hoop! Got to practice his mad sports skillz...
"Whoa!!" he said:
"Here, Mama, let me help you with that."
Going in for a layup:
Whew! It was a bit of a whirlwind vacation, punctuated by a complete lack of sleep on our part (more on that to come later), but it was so worth the drive to have our family all together for Christmas!