Yes, finally getting to the good stuff from our trip recap. Christmas was wonderful. We made the big kids wait until 7am to get up, since that is Ben’s wake up time. I know, we could have gotten him up earlier, since he often wakes up before that. But I think everyone liked that we had an ‘earliest time’ that wasn’t tooo early. Just pretty early. Gramma, Grampa, GiGi, and Papa John all got up early and came over to see what Santa had brought for the kids, along with Uncle Chris’s sister and parents. We had a full house!
The kids were pretty great and let us get a bunch of pictures before diving into all the presents. Gramma got them all matching penguin jammies, so they looked so cute! Ben is still a bit too young to really get what was going on, but he loved being in on the excitement with his big cousins.
Everyone was so generous with Ben. We are truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in his life who want to share with him. In other words, Ben got so many gifts! Oh my goodness, is he a lucky boy. Thank you to everyone who helped give Ben such a merry Christmas.
The morning was spent opening gifts. We did a big Christmas dinner around midday. While we had a bunch of food that Ben enjoys, he decided he only wanted an apple. What can I say, kids are strange. Lindsay and Chris put together a delicious spread, with the help of Gramma and Grampa. Everything was super tasty.
After eating, the kids napped a bit and we adults got to just relax. Basically we spent the day enjoying family and playing with new toys. Ben was awesome and took his naps pretty well. I think running around so much really wore him out! His cousins were so kind and shared all their toys with him whenever he wanted. They were really good about understanding that some toys had to be put away because they had too many small parts for ‘Baby Ben’ to be around. They really are some great kids.
I took a ton of pictures, but just as Charlotte, Joe, and Ella are getting old enough to know to sit still, look at the camera, and smile, Ben is learning he can just get up and move away. Sigh, the pictures are still pretty cute.
|Getting some milk before presents|
|Looking so cute in his jammies!|
|Trying to get a picture of the cousins|
|Ben wasn’t in to sitting|
|Four cute little Christmas Elves!|
|The big kids|
|Ben loved his new toys|
|Everyone who came over early|
|Taking a break on LadyBird’s bed|
|Watching Charlotte open gifts is fun!|
|Everyone takes a little break to play with their feet, right? 😉|
Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a merry Christmas for us and especially Ben. We missed seeing some family, but we were so happy to spend the holiday with family we don’t get to see very often. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives. We are looking forward to all the fun Christmases to come!