Well, like everyone's holiday, ours is jam-packed with house hopping and gifts, food and chaos. We start out the holiday with Christmas Eve with the Barnes side of the family. We went to Mass at 4pm and Connor did amazing. We never took him for fear that he'd be "that kid" running around and screaming, but it's certainly possible that was a big, fat excuse. Apparently, it's an excuse that we just can't really use anymore because the kid loved it. We went to St. Andrews and it was a family mass, so there were tons of other kids there for him to stare at. Not gonna lie, he did way, way better than any of those other kids. At one point, they were projecting biblical images onto the walls around the alter and connor saw a cow. He shouted out Moo pretty loud, but it was pretty funny-to me. Otherwise, he grabbed the hymn books and pretended to read them. When he'd successfully finished one, he'd grab another one.
After church, it was time to head over to Jeff's parents house for dinner. We're really not a fan of their traditional dinner of cream of wheat, sour krout, sausage and mushrooms so Jeffrey and I started our own tradition a few years ago of cruising through the In & Out drive thru on our way to the house. That way we can pick at our "traditional meal" with the family and still be well-fed. After dinner, we opened up gifts. This year was a bit different that all years in the past though. Jeffrey has a large family. There are typically between 15-20 people there for Christmas and so the adults draw names and you give that one person gifts. We all always buy for the kiddos, but this way it's not out of control expensive for everyone. This year, there were a few adults who needed to opt out of the drawing so we just scratched it all-together. So, all the gift giving and opening was for the kids. I know that sentence should be followed by "and that's really the way it's supposed to be" but all I want to do is follow it up with "and it made it really boring for me". OMG. I'm such a horrible person, but i'm an honest horrible person. My name is Lindsay Barnes and I like presents. Is that so terrible? Here are some photos from the Christmas Eve celebration...
Our little niece Madison Marie, Megan and Ryan's youngest. She's just a couple months old and I had to get a pic of her in her little santa dress. This poor little girl is going to be so incredibly overprotected...just in case anyone is keeping score it's 6 boys (including Noah) and ONE girl at this generation. Poor thing!
Connor in his Christmas sweater
wrestling with his cousin Kaden
staring adoringly at baby Madison
My SIL Sarah holding Madison - Sarah hates getting her photo taken. I told her that she wasn't in this one-because I'm a liar.
Our nephew Jacob loves his Bumblebee that we got him.
After we got home, we finished building Connor's big gift for the year. Last year, he got his playroom and the big gift was the room and the table and chairs that he wanted. This year, he got a big boy bed...and the playroom became his bedroom.
Christmas morning we wake up, get dressed and the longest day in all days begins. My parents come over around 9am and we have a quick breakfast with lots and lots of coffee. Then the presents begin and go on for quite some time. After all the gifts and stockings are opened, we sit down to the traditional Christmas dinner, most importantly...the yummy ham!
oh Papa. My dad thinks it's hilarious to buy really noisy gifts for Connor. Hilarious. Connor is really into cars right now-the movie and the little matchbox cars. This thing is a racetrack for cars that makes a horrible noise when they take off. We have a fool-proof fix for this--put clear packing tape over the speaker and then poke one or two holes in the tape so that the noise can still be heard...just not from three rooms away.
Thanks Papa for braving Toys R Us on Black Friday to get Connor his beloved Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
Papa (my dad) got Connor a ring toss game and he loves it. It's made of foam and he brings it out to the great room all the time to play. You can see the ring in mid-air in this shot which is pretty funny.
My mom got an iPod and doesn't give herself enough credit on being able to figure it out. So I got her an iPod for Dummies book in her stocking. :)
...of course there were baseballs
Connor with Papa and Grammy Van Hook
Our growing family...this is me at 18 weeks. i know you can't totally tell here but my belly has officially popped. I went from nothing to being all baby in the belly in about a week.
Carroll and Danny gave Connor one of his favorite gifts of the holidays...a fun tent that he went in and out of all day. It's in his room now and he loves it. He takes books in there and sits and reads.
After Carroll and Danny's open house we head back to our house and my dad and Corliss come over for yet another Christmas celebration. It's always a nice, low key end to a crazy, hectic day. :)
We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas as well - thanks for checking in on us!!