Christmas isn't just one day at our house...
We started on the 23rd hanging out with Aunt Sue and Uncle Ron. Bryan (who has been friends with Tim since they were kids) and Liza were in town, too. So Miriam and Vivian got to meet their new buddy Eli. Miriam, in her normal fashion, wanted to be RIGHT NEXT to Eli as they got to know each other.
Just as a warning, the girls had colds over Christmas. Thankfully, they are over them now. However, you may see some runny/crusty noses...despite the many, many, many Boogie Wipes we went through.
Santa comes to our house Christmas Eve morning. The girls asked Santa for toothbrushes, toothpaste, coloring books...oh and Miriam wanted a hotel.
He left fruit snacks and toothpaste in their stockings, as well as plenty of toys under the tree.
They both especially liked the Mr. Potato Head.
After naptime, we went to Sarah's parents' home for their traditional Christmas Eve get together. All of Sarah's siblings were home for Christmas, as well as Grandma Kramer and Michael's girlfriend Abi. So we attempted to get a family picture with Tim's fancy camera. At first we tried an outdoor picture.
There were A LOT of pictures like this one.
And several like this. Bridget and Maria took turns closing their eyes while Miriam and Vivian wanted OUT of the pictures. In the end, it was windy and cold and we all ran back inside to try again.
We ate a very yummy/huge supper and opened presents.
There is some very true saying about kids enjoying wrapping paper and boxes more than the gifts.
Aunt Nichole gave Miriam a Princess tent. Huge hit. After all the gifts were unwrapped, we ate some more (Miriam and Vivian's snack of choice were gummy bears from Uncle Michael). And then took the girls home for bed. Aunt Sue and Uncle Ron came to watch them, while we went to Mass. Afterwards, we collapsed into bed...
We spend Christmas Day with Tim's family. When we showed up, everyone was still in their PJs.
It is a wonderful morning of coffee and Kringle, gift opening and toys, egg casserole and wassail....everyone plays until it's somehow the afternoon. And we need to eat and drink some more.
Nana made Miriam and Vivian playdough. It was edible, if not the tastiest stuff. So Vivian, of course, gave it a try.
Miriam and Sophie were both pretty worn out after all the presents and food. So they had a little cuddle.
Thanks to everyone who makes our Christmas so fun and special. We are truly blessed by so many family and friends.