After a week of preparing and waiting, Christmas morning finally came.
Bean’s little eyeballs lit up when he saw what Santa had left him and thanks to his visit earlier in the week from the Big Guy himself, Bean even seemed to understand where the gifts had come from.
After playing for a while with his Santa toys…
…and checking out his new big boy bed…
Bean was ready to tear into some wrapping paper. Fortunately, Nana and Granddad bought every toy available under the sun, so he had hours of wrapping paper to keep him entertained.
But Bean wasn’t the only one who had a lot of presents to open. We all had a fantastic time giving and receiving presents and just spending time with each other.
There were some really thoughtful presents given this year, but one of my favorite that I received was this little outfit for Gracie from my sister. First, I opened the little shirt that had a big pink G on it. I’m a sucker for anything that is personalized, so this gift was off to a great start.
There were also little bloomer bottoms in the box, too. And as soon as I saw the pink tulle, I started squealing! Pink! Tutu! Tulle! OH, HOW I NEED THESE THINGS IN MY LIFE!
But then I flipped the bloomers around to examine them from all angles and to contemplate how possible it would be to squeeze myself in them and I found the best part of the gift yet…
THEY’VE GOT HER NAME ON THEM!
Such a cute gift! And it matches the diaper bag that my sister got me, too, which also has Gracie’s name on it.
I had a Gracie-themed Christmas this year because my parents got Chris and I a stylish, sporty double stroller, too. But I was in such shock over the fact that I would actually be needing one of these soon that I didn’t get any pictures of that yet. When I sober up and accept the fact that I will soon have two children under two years of age, I’ll post pictures of that, too. For now, I am still just staring at it going, “I can’t believe I need that. I can’t believe I need that…”
After presents were opened and the inside of my house was completely destroyed and stuffed full of wrapping paper and boxes, we decided rather than cleaning up we’d just go outside where we couldn’t see the mess. It was a beautiful Christmas day and so we sat out in the sun and watched the dogs play.
(Check out my baby bump! Six months down, three more to go…)
And, of course, it wasn’t long before someone got in the pool. We just didn’t expect it to be my sister’s crazy dog, Sugar. She was running around chasing a ball and her back legs slipped and in she went! It was really cold outside, so John Michael showed her where to get out of the pool, but Sugar had no interest in getting out. She swam in that cold pool for half an hour.
It was such a funny, weird, unexpected way to spend our Christmas afternoon!
By the time we headed back inside, everyone was tired and happy.
All in all, Christmas was pretty spectacular this year. And not even because of the gifts. It wasn’t even because of Christmas Day. It was just a great week with family, laughter, and joy. I was reminded so many times how much I have to be thankful for this year – and not one of those things are material. I’m thankful for the love in my life and for the people who show me that love. I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful for my children – both of them. And I’m thankful most especially for my husband. Nothing would be as joyful or as complete if he weren’t sitting right here beside me.