Christmas with little ones is so much more fun! It's also so much more work when you have FIVE gatherings to attend! Here is a little peak and brief details of our five Christmases with all of our families!
We learned that ML enjoyed pulling wrapping paper and tissue paper off so that he could put it straight in his mouth. R wanted nothing to do with opening presents. If anything, she enjoyed getting every last piece of wrapping paper off each box. If she was able to see what was in the box, she would immediately want it opened. If she couldn't tell what it was, she wanted nothing to do with it. Typically, we could get her to open one gift and then she was done!
December 17th - Christmas at the farm (Michael's family). To cap the night off, Aunt Joann brought out the old rocking horse that was Michael's when he was a baby/kid. Remi LOVES horses! She finally warmed up to it after falling off and taking a face plant to the floor because Joann didn't hold onto her... No worries, I only had a slight heart attack.
December 22nd - We brought the old rocking horse home from the farm. Remi had to re-check it all out. Then she decorated it with necklaces. That evening, we headed to my Mom and Greg's. We had dinner and exchanged gifts with them and Jasmine. Oh, and ML got his first haircut!
December 23rd - In the morning we went to visit Grandma Julie (the kids Great Grandma). Aunt Starr also stopped by to see us and the kids. Mason got this huge teddy bear and Remington of course thought it was hers.
In the evening we went to Nana and Papa Furtah's for dinner. We had a huge Mexican fiesta bar! All types of side dishes, dips, all the dressings for tacos, burritos, nachos, etc. It was fun to do something different than the normal "American" food! The kids exchanged their gifts (we do a name drawing type thing instead of buying for each kid) and we embraced the chaos!
December 24th - Christmas Eve morning we headed home from my Mom's house. We had a truck full of goodies from the three gatherings with family! We spent the day relaxing, unpacking, and getting the kids presents from Santa ready for Christmas morning! Once Remington went to bed, we brought out the presents and we blew up the bounce house that my Mom and Greg had gotten the kids. We thought that would be a fun thing to wake up to on Christmas morning since she didn't really understand the gift by looking at the box.
December 25th - Christmas morning! Mason woke up first so we waited in the living room for sissy to get up. She was a bit confused when she came down the hallway and seen the bounce house. The kids each only had a few gifts from Santa (us). I tried to stick to the "need, read, wear, want, do" idea. We enjoyed a laid back morning and headed to Michael's Mom's in the afternoon once R woke up from her nap. The adults do a Chinese gift exchange (which is always hilarious), supper at 5, and then family gift exchange after that. It was a bit late when we started opening gifts so R was getting pretty tired and didn't want anything to do with any of it.
December 29th - Last but not least, the Mason side of the family came over - my Dad, Miriam, sister Kristine, and brother Ryan. We haven't seen them in a while and for the last 7+ years we have celebrated Christmas together on Christmas Eve, but with the two little ones and living so far away, we opted out of that this year. We visited, had snacks, drinks, played with the kids, ate dinner, exchanged gifts followed by dessert!
Despite the busy-ness of the holiday season, I'd have to say that Christmas as a family of four was probably the best one yet! We are so blessed to have so many loved ones in our lives to celebrate such a special time of year with. We are also thankful for the generous gifts we receive. We are so grateful. Until next year... Merry Christmas (belated) from the Joy's!