I'm not sure how it happened so quickly, but another Christmas is in the books. It was extra special this year since it was Carter's first Christmas and little man just took it all in. As expected, he didn't have much interest in unwrapping anything and his favorite toys were the discarded boxes and wrapping paper.
I have to admit, this whole Christmas season has been a little bit bittersweet for me this year because it is our last one in our home and in my hometown. Juston got a new job and we will be moving in the new year. I'm not very excited about it, but I'm trying to stay positive. It's just been a little bit sad for me this year thinking that we won't have any more Christmases in the home we've brought both of our babies home to and that it was likely our last year hosting Christmas dinner at least for the foreseeable future since I don't imagine my family wanting to pack up and drive three hours across the state to have dinner. Anyway, back to the fun stuff.
It's nearly impossible to get a picture of all mine and my sister's kids looking at the camera and smiling simultaneously, so this is as good as it gets.
It makes me so happy that mine and my sister's kids are so close. Even though there's a lot of years between them all, they see each other almost every day and Caroline seems convinced they are her brother and sisters:)
I feel like this was the first year that Caroline really and truly grasped everything going on. She knows Christmas means it's Jesus' birthday, she remembered on her own when she woke up that it was Christmas day. Maybe she knew last year but I honestly don't remember, I feel like we told her when she woke up last year and then the excitement followed, but this year was even better.
After we do our presents and stocking at home, we head down to my parents house and meet my sister's family there, too to open presents from Mom and Dad and then we do brunch. I took my hashbrown, ham and egg casserole to add to the mix this year and it was a hit. I'll share the recipe later this week if I can manage to get my life together to do more than one post.
After brunch, the kids all played with their new toys together and had a blast. Caroline loved her cousins Hatchimal and decided she was going to ask for one for her birthday. They were so sweet and let her carry it around all morning. I can't believe how nuts everyone went over that toy. It's always interesting to see every year which toy will be the "it' toy.
After a couple of hours, we loaded up the car and headed back out to the house to get dinner prepared. I did most of the prep work for it on Christmas Eve, but still had a few things to get together. This year I made dressing, corn casserole, green beans, mashed potatoes and my traditional caramel cake and Juston fried turkey and pheasant he got hunting with the guys down in the driveway. We started the Christmas dinner at our house tradition a few years ago and have really enjoyed it. We save all the presents we got for my family to give them that evening, so I feel like it gives them something to look forward to and it extends the celebration all day long.
Caroline's favorite toys so far would be the Walk and Talk Max dog Santa brought her, her Aqua Beads and a Dentist Barbie from Mamaw and Papa. She also got a fancy new nightgown, a princess puzzle, a magnetic "paper" doll wardrobe and a few other goodies. Carter got lots of cute baby goodies that weren't of much interest to him, but was pretty excited to get his own bowl and utensil set so he can finally stop using his sister's princess bowls.
I sure hope all of y'all had a Merry Christmas and were able to spend it surrounded with the ones you love.