Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012

We had such a great Christmas this year. It was relaxing and full of family fun, which is just the way we like it.

Our Christmas festivities begin with church service, dinner, and presents with my in-laws on Christmas Eve. We got the girls dressed and ready right after their nap. Emma woke up grumpy and told me she couldn't smile for a picture. The only thing she could do was give her sister a hug. Three is such a "fun" age sometimes. ;)

The girls did pretty well in church but were ready to get to Mimi and Papa's house to eat and play. After we ate dinner we opened presents. Emma was so patient when she was waiting for her turn to open. Sophia was a little overwhelmed by the whole process but finally settled down with her toys while everyone else opened their gifts. Everyone got lots of awesome things and it was so much fun to see the girls enjoy their Christmas.

We got home pretty late but we still put cookies out for Santa, carrots for the reindeer, said good-bye to our elf, Lana, opened the last flap on the Advent calendar, and read a story. The girls had a very late night and Sophia was ready to drop.

Both girls woke up pretty early the next morning and we rushed downstairs to see what Santa had brought. Emma was thrilled to get the socks and bike horn she asked for. She loved the dollhouse even more. She played with it all morning. Sophia bounced from toy to toy. Her favorite was the princess castle Santa brought.

My family came over around lunchtime to celebrate with us. We let the girls pick what they wanted to open at their own pace and it worked out great. They got to enjoy each thing they received.  They got more toys than any two girls need, but they have played with each and every thing. We'll keep everything out for a while then pack some of it away and bring out later to switch.

I mixed it up a little bit this year and put together some Christmas Minute-to-Win-It games. They were hilarious!

After Andy and I put the girls to bed, we packed up, cleaned up, and organized the house. I'm so glad we did it last night because that let us be really lazy today.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

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