Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Day 2014

Christmas Day started slow and quiet.  I got up early to run before anyone else was awake, and then hung out with Jonah once he made himself known.  We hung out downstairs by the Christmas tree eating and playing, while I sipped on my coffee until we heard Noelle start to stir.

she slept with her new Anna doll

After a late night at my parent's, Noelle ended up in our bed and slept until almost 9:00.  We think this will be the last year of "sleeping in", as we're sure she'll figure out the whole getting to open presents when she wakes up by next year.  She had fallen asleep in the car on the way home and so we just let her sleep in her little reindeer dress she'd been wearing.  No pajamas and no clean diaper. Parents of the year right here!

Once she did get up, I changed her into pajamas that matched Jonah's, because now that we have two littles, they have to match as often as possible. And of course by then it was time to put Jonah down for a nap.  We made our cinnamon buns from a can, and ate those while Noelle opened the last wrapped Christmas book, which I had strategically made sure was the story about Jesus' birth.  Luke read the book, and then we started opening presents.

gotta get the chapstick on her chin

We didn't get anything big for Noelle this year, just small things, but we knew she would be super spoiled by everyone else in our family.  We gave her a few puzzles, a Care Bear blanket, Frozen themed pajamas, and a doll. Luke got her a few things for her stocking, including some Care Bear chapstick, which she is obsessed with putting on.  Once everything was opened, she played with some of her new toys while we cleaned up.

matching jammies

After Jonah woke up from his nap, we headed off to Luke's parent's house to celebrate Christmas with his parents and sister.  We had decided to keep the meal simple since his mom is still recovering from the accident and there were only going to be a few of us, so we ordered Chinese.  Lydia did make us two dishes that she'd had when she lived in Taiwan.  Everything was super yummy, and so much less mess to clean up!

"helping" Jonah open his gift

We exchanged gifts and hung out with his parents and sister for a few hours while Jonah took his afternoon nap.  I loved all my gifts, but I'm really excited about the restaurant gift card and movie tickets his mom gave us to send us on a date once she's feeling recovered enough to watch the kids. And Noelle of course loved all of the gifts, including Jonah's, and all the attention she received.

grandpa helping Jonah open a gift

Also, Christmas seven years ago is when Luke proposed!  I cannot believe how quickly the time has flown, and all the changes that have happened.  He proposed to me on the front porch of his parent's house after we had gone out for a walk to talk and look at all the lights in the neighborhood.  I love Christmas, but being proposed to makes me love it even more!

back at home helping Jonah open his keepsake pocket knife

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