On the 23rd, we hung around the house and played on the playground next door. That night we went out to dinner and then over to see Overly's Christmas Lights.
Climbing up the rock wall on the playground
Overly's Christmas Lights
Elizabeth LOVED it!
On Christmas Eve, my mother-in-law made a fantastic dinner. It was multiple courses that started with stuffed artichokes, followed by gnocchi, meatballs, veal cutlets, green beans, and orange salad. Everything was so good! After the fabulous dinner, we went to church and then came home and relaxed.
This is one of the only pictures I took on Christmas Eve.
Doesn't she look like a model?
Our big girl wrote a letter to Santa and made him a plate of cookies.
(I did have a mild case of panic because I didn't have any candy corn)
On Christmas Day, Ben and I woke up at 4:30am. Here's why- Caroline was sleeping in our room and starting sucking on her fist (in her sleep) and it woke us up. It was so loud that it kept us awake while she snoozed away until 6am. Elizabeth woke up at 7am and then stayed in bed talking about getting presents and Santa coming until about 7:30am. At 7:30am, everyone got up and came down to see what Santa brought.
The presents spilled into the living room a little bit
Elizabeth wanted to have a birthday party for Jesus
What Santa brought Elizabeth
What Santa brought Caroline
Coming downstairs on Christmas morning
Elizabeth got a Doc McStuffins kit and it's the only thing she has played with
Seeing what Santa brought
Aunt Brigette and Uncle Adam
Elizabeth opening presents
It took 3 hours because she only wanted to play with her Doc McStuffins kit
We stopped to have breakfast
Santa or Christmas tree cupcakes and my family tradition- poppers!
Birthday hats and a doctor kit
Sweater from Ga-Ga
Later in the day, all of Ben's aunts, uncles, and cousins came over for Christmas lunch. I think we had 18 people in the house for Christmas day. This is us enjoying appetizers and exchanging some gifts.
Caroline helping me open presents.
Aunt Barb wanted to get a picture of all the cousins
Cousin Sarah with Caroline
Christmas night we opened Caroline's presents
These cute outfits are from my mom
We had a very wonderful Christmas and we are incredibly blessed to have so many people that love our girls and our family. Thank you to everyone that made this Christmas wonderful for my family. Merry Christmas!