What a whirlwind week it’s been! As of today we are officially finished with our Christmas celebrations… rounds 1, 2 and 3! Here’s a recap of our extra special holiday this year.
December 23rd. Since I am on winter break, we spent the day gearing up for Christmas by wrapping presents, making cookies, and going to hang out with Kevin’s sister and her family that evening. His grandma had also come to town from Tennessee, so it was great to get to spend time with her too!
December 24th- Christmas Eve. For the first time in a LONG time, Kevin and I actually had no plans with family on Christmas Eve & Christmas morning. All of our family (except Kevin’s sister who lives here) was coming into town on Friday, and so we were able to do our own thing as a little family of 3 (soon to be 4!). As soon as Kevin woke up on Christmas Eve he was excited. The first thing he said when he woke up was, “Santa coming to town?” This is the first year he is really able to get into Christmas and I love it! We have really been building it up with our traditions of visiting the Festival of Lights, going to see Santa at the mall, watching Santa ride through our neighborhood on the fire truck, etc. This kid was ready for Christmas! For the last 3 years Kevin’s gotten new Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve, so we continued that this year. He was so excited about these pajamas that he immediately stripped and wanted them on!
We also started giving him a movie last year, which we also did this year. He got the movie Frozen since he’s been obsessed with it, and we watched it together as a family while we ate some yummy cookies.
We ended the night with my hubby reading Kevin the Night Before Christmas like he has the last two years, and then we got all of his presents under the tree for the morning!
December 25th- Christmas Day. During Winter Break Kevin had been sleeping in until 8 or 8:30 since we weren’t having to wake him up to go to daycare. Of course on Christmas morning he was up and ready to go at 6:30! I swear he knew it was a special day!
We got busy right away letting him open his gifts. We didn’t get him a ton of things, because he’s 2 and would be happy playing with wrapping paper, haha! We also knew that his grandparents would be spoiling him. So we stuck to the 4 major categories and kept it simple: something(s) he wants, something(s) he needs, something(s) to wear, and something(s) to read. He loved it all. I don’t have many pictures of him actually opening gifts that aren’t blurry because he was so excited!
After opening everything up and having breakfast, we spent the rest of the morning relaxing and letting Kevin play with his new things. It was beautiful outside so he rode his new car and I went for a run. After his nap we headed over to Kevin’s sister’s house for a little Christmas dinner and for our kids to exchange gifts.
That night right before bed my husband got what he said was the best gift of all- he felt our baby move for the first time! He was super active and I told him to come over to see if he would be able to feel it, and after a big kick, he could! It was so amazing and special!
December 26th. The day after Christmas my hubby worked a half day and I stayed home with Kev and waited for my family to arrive! It was another beautiful day so when they got here we took a walk outside, then just hung out and enjoyed each other’s company.
Eventually we went out to dinner and then visited the brewery that my husband has been working at part-time in the evenings. They all had fun tasting the different varieties of beer while I sipped my water jealously… just kidding 🙂 I do miss my beer tasting days but I know I’ll be back at it this summer!
December 27th- Christmas, Round 2 + Gender Reveal Party! We woke up on Saturday morning and had Christmas, round 2 with my family. Kevin got some really special things, like his very own oversized chair with his name embroidered on it from my dad, and a personalized big brother book from his aunt. He also received an Olaf stuffed animal and blanket from my dad’s girlfriend, which he hasn’t stopped carrying around since! After opening presents we made breakfast together, which is another one of our family traditions.
After presents and breakfast and lounging around, Kevin went down for a nap and I went for a run with my hubby stroller-free, which was so nice! We had to hurry up and get back though so we could shower and get ready for our gender reveal party. The party was at Kevin’s sister’s house, and by this time the rest of his family had arrived- his parents, brother, his other sister, her husband and their kids, etc. It was awesome to have everyone there together along with our friends. I’ve already written about the reveal, but it was AMAZING! We found out we’re having another baby boy, and we could not be happier!
December 28th- Christmas, Round 3. Time for round 3! This morning we headed to Kevin’s sisters house again for Christmas with his family. He has a really large family and everyone was there. His mom made a big lunch and then we had a crazy opening-fest. There was paper everywhere, it was insane! His mom goes all out for her grand babies… all 6 of them! It was a lot of fun though and a great way to wrap up our Christmas celebrations.
And now… we REST! So thankful that I still have one more full week of winter break left!