Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas fun...

I had a lovely Christmas with my family in Massachusetts. J, JOE and I arrived on Monday evening. It was a pretty smooth trip considering it was JOE's first plane ride @ 6 weeks. She did GREAT! She slept from the minute we left home until we arrived in Boston and were about to get off the plane! I didn't even have to nurse her during take off and touch down because she refused to wake up. I did put on kid size headphones over her ears while in flight just so the noise wouldn't startle her.

The rest of the day was spent with my nieces and nephews. They have all grown up so much! I don't get to see them often so when I see them, I see major differences in them. I wish me and all my siblings lived closer to each other.

As I have gotten older, I take more pleasure in seeing the looks on the faces of my nieces and nephews when they open their gifts than I do getting a gift. I guess it has to do with the fact that I feel like if I really want something, I can buy it for myself but kids can't necessarily do that.

JOE made out like a bandit in her first Christmas. J & I asked that in lieu of toys and clothes, we be given gift cards to use towards her nursery when we move next spring. My siblings certainly did not disappoint as far as giving JOE cash gifts and gift cards. Our little girl is truly blessed.

As is our typical family tradition, my younger brother made breakfast for the family. He made a very yummy breakfast of oven baked French toast and a vegetarian omelet. It was so yummy and was gone before I remembered to take a picture of the awesome meal.

After breakfast, the kids all sat around while they were each called to get their gifts. Over the years, we have found this to be more efficient than having them get it themselves. Once all the kids had their gifts, we distributed the stockings.

This year, we decided not to do gifts for adults. Instead, we all stuffed all the stockings with goodies. Can you guess which one was mine?

It was a fun Christmas and all of JOE's cousins enjoyed hanging out with her even though she was a little restless towards the end of the day thereby causing daddy and mommy to have our own private quiet dinner picnic away from the group.

Oh and incase you were wondering, my darling J got me a gift card to a very nice spa resort. I get a day full of pampering. Can't wait to use it!

Hope you had a fun and blessed Christmas!
































12 comments:

  1. J - this looks like such a great celebration. YAY for JOE making out like a bandit in the gift department. She is so adorable, I love it when you post loads of pics of her. It is such a treat.

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    1. Thanks. I'll try to post more pics we I continue to blog. I do love looking at people's pictures too :-).

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  2. Look at all those stockings! You guys sure had a full house! I can't wait until you move into your new house to see what wonderful nursery design you will create for JOE! She is a blessed baby surrounded by love :)

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    1. Lol...there are a lot of us :-). And we were one person short since my brother is currently deployed. I love the big family gatherings though.

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  3. Looove JOE's cutie face. Your Christmas looks so much fun.

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  4. This looks like such a great Christmas! Love all the pictures!! JOE is so beautiful! Post more all the time ;)

    I cannot wait to see your new home when it is complete and her nursery. I know it will be perfection :)

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  5. Looks like fun was had by all...love JOE's outfit!!

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  6. You are so lucky to have nieces & nephews and siblings to share your Christmas with. The pictures looked amazing.

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