Christmas time is here! It is my favorite time of year and I can confidently say that this is my happiest Christmas I've ever had, now that my little girls are here celebrating along with us.
There is so much I enjoy about this time of year: the use of cinnamon and nutmeg in tasty treats and coffee, classical Christmas Music, cooler weather, doing good for others and remembering the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ within our church community.
I started playing Christmas music during mine and the girls' breakfast every morning, starting the day after Thanksgiving. They love the music and tend to do a little jig in their seats while eating their Cheerios, which I love. What's better than a little dance party to cheerful music in the morning?
Trae and I looked forward to taking Lyla and Nixon to "meet" Santa Claus for months. We made an official appointment to meet him, so we could avoid any lines and got to meet him right away! We held them while we said "hello" to Santa, so the girls could get a good luck at Santa before sitting on his lap and seemed cautious, but inquisitive. In true Nixon-form, she was so interested in him- she just stared at him and I could see her little wheels moving and knew if she sat there much longer, his beard would be pulled, for sure. No tears- just lots of stares at his beard, which made Trae and I laugh. Lyla looked at him and then looked back at us, behind the camera jumping up and down like crazy trying to get a smile out of our stunned little girls. Once she saw us not coming to pick her up.. the cries started and didn't stop until Mama ran over to comfort her. Let's be honest though, the crying photo really is the cuter photo.
To be fair, here are the other cute photos proving my Lyla was a brave baby girl for the first few shots.
|"Hey Ma- I love pesto sauce!"|
This year we celebrated Christmas from our house. While Trae's work schedule dictated our plans a bit, we were glad to start the tradition of celebrating Christmas Day at our house, without rushing to get anywhere. We have always wanted our babes to enjoy the Christmas tradition of going to church, coming home to a home cooked meal and waking up to see what Santa brought them in their own house and then chilling out in our PJ's all day, like Trae and I so fondly remember doing ourselves.
Christmas Eve was just the 4 of us, so we chose to go out to eat for dinner (between nap times at 1:00) and the girls loved getting all dolled up in their Christmas best and enjoying a little dinner with Mom and Dad.
We went to Maggiano's since it was close to the house, not super formal (or expensive), had wine (yes, it was 1:00.. but it was also Christmas Eve celebration!), AND Maggiano's has a special deal where you can buy a meal and get a 2nd portion for the "next day".
Since we ate our "dinner" for lunch, this ensured that we would have an actual Christmas dinner when we got home from church that night! Win, Win!
|Lyla giggling at Christmas Eve dinner|
After a yummy meal, we attempted a family photo while Lyla was loudly telling us how tired she was, and then left.
|A blurry picture at our first Christmas Eve Dinner!|
|Christmas Eve church service at St. Martins|
|My Mom, Dad & Brother|
|Aunt Mandy & Lyla having fun on Christmas Day|
|Addison & Jack showing Lyla their new toys|
|Lyla wanting Mom to stop taking photos and to start playing, already!|
|Their 1st baby dolls!|
|Poppy pitching in during bath time|
|Aunt Janice coming to visit|