(My niece, Kensington and Alex)
Christmas Eve was at my Mom's as usual.
We had lots of fun time hanging with the family.
We all got a ton of snuggle time with my new niece, Coraleigh (also know as Ardie or Ardie-chokie)
Grandpa and Ardie shared some quality time (somewhere I have photos of my Dad doing this very pose with both my boys, I should dig it out for comparison!)
As per tradition, we did a grazing meal where we each bring appetizers and stand around and gorge ourselves all night, vs. a big prepared meal we sit down for and someone has to slave over. So we had FOOD, lots and lots of food...(including my Mom's Choco Acorns, my FAVORITE!!!)
There was lots of excitement over great gifts!
All were comfy, snuggled up, warmed by the woodstove
(Brother-in-law, Chris, with Coraleigh)
There was playing with cousin, Ian (who Nate now calls "Sport" because of
the shirt he was wearing on Christmas Eve)
Then home to put cookies out for Santa, and get to sleep!
Santa brought Alex his very own tool box...he's been "fixing" stuff all over the house ever since!
Nate got a fire house and Santa brought him his very own Red Ryder BB gun (!)
It took less than 20 minutes to create this destruction on Christmas morning.
Big brother, Adam came over for presents and breakfast and helped Alex build with his new tinker toys.
Then he brought out the "big guns: and helped Alex assemble a wooden boat kit he got...such handy men!
Alex got to ride his ATV while Daddy and Nate went out back to try out his new BB gun. I guess no snow for Christmas wasn't ALL bad.
We had Dave's family over for dinner/dessert on Christmas Day. Then had a completely lazy day after Christmas. That night, we loaded the boys up into the car with their PJs, blankets, and bags of popcorn and drove out to Waterport to catch a light show we had heard about.
The spectacle boasted some 40,000 lights set to music and was pretty impressive! Totally worth the 15 minute drive!
It was nice to have Daddy home with us to enjoy the WHOLE holiday weekend! Usually he has to work most or all of it so this year was quite a treat!
Now, the massive job of un-decorating has to be done (my least favorite part) but for now, we'll just enjoy the lights, mess, and chaos as we ring in the new year!