*Lots of pictures mainly for family. You are warned. =)
Christmas morning started how sweet...eating coffee cake and monkey bread together, David reading the Christmas story out of the Jesus Storybook Bible, getting ready to open gifts when all of a sudden...bam...Miller threw up (a few times). We have no idea where it came from or what happened...we were so worried that he had the stomach bug but after he got it out of his system, he was fine. We cleaned him, the floor, and some of the presents up and then started opening gifts. He had to take off his reindeer pj's because of getting sick on them so thats why his attire is a bright orange shirt with camo pants. Daddy picked that out.
There were so many gifts. Our sweet boys were so blessed by our wonderful family near and far. They really outdid themselves this year. Austin LOVED every minute of it and really enjoyed opening gifts. He was so precious because he would get so excited after every gift was opened. Miller enjoyed it too. There is nothing more special than seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child.
There were lots of trucks and Thomas the train stuff...
a crazy NYC monkey from Uncle Toph
some new plates and placemats
Superhero capes made by mommy
new backpacks for all 3 of my boys
a cookbook from our favorite bakery in Boston
lots of new books
new boots for all of us
lots of musical instruments
Jewelry, gift cards, ornaments, a beautiful frame and a few other things were given as well. It really was so wonderful.
By the end of the day, we were tuckered out.
All the boys (young and old) took naps while Gigi and I worked on Christmas dinner.
The next day we spent lots of time playing with our new toys.
Poor Uncle Toph and Gigi were awoken every morning by these 2 little rascals often playing one of their musical instruments.
On the 27th Uncle Toph headed back to NYC. We were so sad to see him and Rico go. The boys LOVED having both of them here.
After Uncle Toph left mom and I took the boys to the Children's Museum. It was her first time to go. She was very impressed with the museum but it was crazy busy. I guess everyone decided to go since it was Christmas break. We were ready to leave after only an hour.
We also did a little painting with the boys.
and Gigi played horse with them.
David and I enjoyed 2 date nights. One night we met up with friends at a new BBQ restaurant in town. It's definitely not Memphis BBQ but it was still good. One of the chefs from Top Chef opened it. The second night was New Years Eve. I made reservations a little late so the only one I could get was 6:00. This was fine by me because it meant getting a break from dinner, baths, and bedtime routine. Its nice every once in a while to get a break from that. We ate dinner and then decided to go to a movie...I know, kinda lame on NYE but David and I loved it. We love movies but only go if family is in town to watch the boys so it was a treat for us.
Mom left on New Years Day and we were very sad to see her go. It was a wonderful trip with lots of great memories made.