Thursday, February 25, 2016

Christmas 2015

Santa came after we all went to bed on Christmas Eve!  Our silly elf always leaves streamers on the bedroom doors so they can't sneak out.  Of course, this was the only night of the year that someone NEEDED to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night!
Now that I'm looking at all of these photos, my house is feeling very empty! I love how twinkly and "comfy" my house feels during the holiday season.
Especially when all the lights are dimmed and everything is sparkly!  Even though I love white lights, I think that having one tree with twinkly colorful lights is the best.  Good thing that we have three large trees that I can decorate.

It was quite an adventure getting four kids to look at the camera on Christmas morning when they'd rather be looking anywhere else!

These four.  I think that their favorite part of Christmas morning is their present exchange.  Brian usually does a great job taking them shopping and letting them choose presents for each other...and they know each other well! Wyatt especially is a very thoughtful gift giver. They were all very pleased with the things that their siblings chose for them.
I am basically terrified that this was the last year that I'm going to get the boys in matching pajamas!  I loved these Christmas themed Star Wars pajamas from Hanna Andersson, though!

Hudson would scream "THANK YOU!" and then run a lap around the house every time that he opened a gift.  Best reaction ever!  My favorite was when he opened his first set of "big boy" Lego, and he ran fulls speed shouting, "I just got my own Little Legos! I just got my own Little Legos!"
And Finley loved all of her stuff!  Sometimes it's nice to get a few new things of your own when you're the youngest of four kids!
Both sets of grandparents came over that morning to watch the kids open presents, and we took a break for breakfast.  The kids love having everyone over on Christmas morning.  Reese wrote about it in her journal at school and said that it's one of her favorite traditions!

Brian and I opened our gifts to each other while the kids checked out the gifts that they had gotten "so far."  Finley couldn't stay away from any of the present opening, and that got her some extra kisses from Mommy and Daddy!  And yes, my pajamas totally matched theirs.  I picked them all out while FQB and I were shopping and everyone else was riding Test Track!

The big kids both got Kindle Fires for Christmas.  They were soooooo excited.  Reese has been begging for an iPad, but we didn't think that they were a good fit for our Talls.  Once we discovered the Fires and the FreeTime, we were sold.  I think that they're working out well, although Wyatt and Reese would probably say that they aren't big fans of the limits that we set up!
Obviously they spent Finley's nap time figuring out how their new "toys" worked!

After Finley napped, we got everyone ready to go to Mimi and Baba's house for dinner and more cousin time! 
And a few selfies, too!  She's quite proud of that new "FitBit." Merry Christmas 2015!  And Black Friday is nine months from today!

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