Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2016

Usually my husband has to work on Christmas Eve but with it falling on a Saturday this year, my husband was able to be home for the whole day. It was so nice!

We always have two stops to make each Christmas Eve. We went to my nana's at noon and then, to Nick's mom's house at 4 p.m. I brought the best oreo truffles with peppermint topping! Originally I thought I was going to like the white chocolate coating the most but, the dark chocolate won my heart, after all.

Piper's nap usually falls around 1 p.m. and just like clockwork, the need-a-nap-crankies began to set in about 12:45 p.m. By that time, we had finished eating lunch with the family and it was time to open presents from our Christmas Exchange.

Piper was having a hard time sharing toys with my 6 year old brother, as he was opening his gifts. She just kept crying and was so tired; we decided to cut our visit short and take her home for her nap.

I wish we could have stayed longer and visited more with that side of the family, but it definitely wasn't worth making Piper's day miserable to miss her nap.

She'll only be this little for so long, and I'm happy to accommodate her needs. Actually, Nick, Piper and I all took a little Christmas Eve nap, which was really nice!

After Piper's nap, she was so much happier! We went to Nick's mom's house around 4 p.m. and we were the only ones there with them for about an hour. By the time everyone else started showing up, Piper was ready to play with them. She had so much fun opening her presents and playing with her new toys!

We got back home around 8 p.m. and were able to put Piper down for bed at a reasonable time. That was important to us because Christmas day was to be filled with a lot of traveling around!

After Piper went to bed, we got out her presents from us and placed them under the tree. We had a modest Christmas this year, similar to our first Christmas with her, only getting Piper about six gifts to open on Christmas day. When they are that young, they are so innocent and happy with so little. Santa left a couple gifts in her stockings.

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Nick and I are also finding more happiness in less these days. I'm not sure if it's because Nick and I are parents now or, because we are getting older but, this year we couldn't for the life of us think about what we wanted for Christmas. People kept asking us and we would just look at each other, drawing a blank. We are coming to find that most of what we want these days, money can't buy, and we have plenty of what we need with the love in our family.

One of my favorite things to do on Christmas Eve night is to sit in our dimly-lit living room, next to the Christmas tree, and reflect on Jesus' birth story and how blessed we are as a family. It always calms my heart, to have a few quiet moments by the lit up Christmas tree, while being wrapped up with my husband on the couch. It's a very important part of our busy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, to be able to reflect on what it's all about.

looking for Santa

On Christmas day, we woke up early and spent some time opening gifts in our living room, just the three of us. It was such a special morning. Piper was so happy with each of her gifts.

We made sure to give Piper the time she wanted to play with each toy she opened before going on to the next. The first thing she opened was her smallest gift, a Frozen themed coloring book with colored pencils and, she was happy to not open any of the other gifts after that (until she saw what they were, of course).

Piper got a lot of Frozen themed things this year because, she is very into that movie right now. We have had to watch "Frozen" every day for the past week. She keeps singing "Let it Go" multiple times a day and asking for "Elsa, Elsa, sing!"; it is adorable. I love to hear her little voice sing.

After opening gifts at home, we went to my mom's house and she had a lot of presents waiting for her there. My mom made a big breakfast, which was delicious and just tastes of Christmas morning.

After my moms, we went to my dad's. We stayed there for a couple hours, until it was time for Piper's nap. Piper took a later nap that day because she was having so much fun with her aunts and uncles at my dad's house, that she didn't want to leave! She ended up falling asleep on the ride home.

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That evening, we visited Nick's grandma (Busha) for our final stop of the holiday. Piper loves to play with her slot machine and run around with her second-cousins, who are also close in age. It was a great way to end the night!

Piper's second Christmas was so memorable. We are incredibly blessed.

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