Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It's the most wonderfully sappy time of the year.

And so it was, the best time of year, this was by far the best Christmas yet.  We made the most out of the season, doing something amazing and Christmas oriented pretty much every single day. I squeezed every drop of Christmas fun out of the month of December.  The boys were SO excited for Christmas so they could see their family. They asked constantly when they were going to see their Aunties & Uncles and cousins.
We tried to put a few presents under the tree before the big day and little sneakie-sneaks got into them, SO we had to hide every single gift for the entire month. (this is pretty hard when every single room in the house is kid friendly)....
We let the kids do what we begged to do every single year as kids, to open up one present on Christmas Eve after church, I'm glad they weren't disappointed that the gift was only a new pair of pjs! 
Christmas Eve night caps! Probably not the smartest idea to make it with espresso?? As parents you need that extra caffeine to make sure Santa gets in and out of your house safe & sound at 2 am right?
 Cheers, ummm sumpin on your lips guys! 

Christmas Morning! Woot woot! The kids faces when they saw the tree were priceless!!  

And you should've seen looks of shock and awe when the big guy himself showed up at the door on Christmas day!!! It was like the miracle on Hamlet Circle !

Such cousin love... the boys couldn't stop loving on Dean. Thank goodness he's smooch-fabulous!

Christmas is so precious, just to have the family here and to celebrate our dear "bay-bee Dee-zuzzz" (as Quinn calls Him) birth.  

 And to watch the family shower your boys with love and to shower your family with love...

 To have all of the cousins, playing and just loving to be in each other's company...

And this truly was a Christmas miracle gift to me, an *almost* white Chirstmas. It was actually the day after Christmas when we had snow flurries! I guess Quinn didn't like the snow in his eye!

 And then, only in Charleston would it literally be snowing and then 72 degrees in the same week, warm enough to play outside in a t-shirt at the park!! Look at my lil' fence climber!
Yes, Christmas makes me a big SAP! But I love it. Bring on the crafts, the PJs, the gingerbread houses, the 24/7 Christmas music, the Christmas cards, the thoughtful shopping for all of your favorites, being blessed by your sweet family & friend's in the way of time, love, gifts and fun, reading the kids Christmas books every night and watching endless amounts of Christmas movies with your hubby- we even BOUGHT Santa Baby 2- Santa Maybe!! Lol.. it's sad. Even with constantly working late and only a few days off work for the holidays, insane north charleston traffic, being sick and sick family and other irritations that come along with the season, there is nothing that can steal the JOY of the season.  I truly believe Christmas time is just the smallest fraction of a glimpse of what an eternity of celebrating Christ with your HUGE extended family will be like!


Home school Mom said...

awww....I loved all of your pictures. It looks like you had so much fun at Christmas time! What special memories you are making for your little guys. ;)) And HOW DO YOU MAKE THOSE YUMMY ESPRESSO DRINKS? Recipe please! :D You are so Martha with those drinks. Those look fabulous. I drink about 2 pots of coffee a day, so I love any kind of coffee drink. Thanks for sharing with us your fabulous Christmas and beautiful family. ;)

Julie said...

That first pic of Quinn makes him look soooo grown up! Loved spending Christmas with you - best family in the world!!! Thanks for all our wonderful gifts. And I love that you love a big sappy Christmas, just as much as me! Love, Julie