Sunday, December 27, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Just a few pictures from our two Christmases.  This year I focused more on enjoying and experiencing Christmas, so the pictures were fewer and not of great quality.  But they serve to remind us of the joy we experienced as we spent time with family, exchanging gifts and celebrating Christ's birth.

Christmas at home:  We've decided to forego (at least for the early years) giving our kids (and each other) big gifts.  We are showered generously by both sides of our family, so much so we feel spoiled, indeed.  For Lucy, we wanted to continue the stocking tradition. It's so fun to have lots of little things to open.  We both have such fun memories of stockings growing up, we wanted her to have that experience, too.

Good morning, Lu Lu! 

Santa DID leave Lucy one gift that didn't fit in her stocking.  This will likely be her one big Christmas gift from us each year.  Whether it will be from "Santa" or us is TBD. :) 

It was a slow-burn.  She didn't quite get it at first, but she's had a great time rocking baby
(and getting in it herself) since then.  Good thing they used to make cradles nice and sturdy!
(This was a garage sale score from MAY of this year. I just had to! I had one growing up and loved it for years)  

Daddy helping her open up her stocking stuffers

"Chapick?"  Possibly her favorite gift from the stocking.

Giving baby juice from her new magic bottle

Counting her candy and trying to appropriate some of mine

One Direction trading cards? Oh my! 

Daddy initiating Lucy into the Pez tradition

Okay, these have been hands down her favorite stocking gift.  She wears them daily!
No more trying to steal mama and daddy's glasses!  

It snowed! For like 5 minutes, but of course we had to go out and stand in it! 

We spent Christmas afternoon at Grandma Nancy's with the McPhee clan.

Lucy passed out presents like a champ!

Luke, we love you, but you're fired from present passing. :)  You know why. 

"Gunkle Bob" enjoying his new blanket

I LOVE to color!  I'm so glad this is now a "thing"

Thank you, Grandma Nancy, for the Shoot The Moon game!! 

Isaac wanted Kapla blocks to be on Lucy's gift list...  Mostly Isaac wanted Kapla blocks. ;)
She likes to demolish his structures for him. It's a family affair! 

There was a lot of Christmasing for this little lady! 

Sunday we headed over to the Coury's for Christmas part 2 and a Seahawks game.  It was relaxed and wonderful!

Lucy's "pida" 

Not sure what he got, but it was clearly a hit! 

This girl just wanted to look at pictures of herself, Ava, and Noah over and over and over again.
Maybe we should have gotten HER a calendar for Christmas! 

100 strokes and football: it doesn't get much better in her world

Uncle Seth, nice job! She was ecstatic about being Anna! 
My mom... Always the practical, random gift giver!  She gives awesome gifts, and sometimes they're kind of hilarious, too.  Enter the shower drain hair remover.

"Put Down Ducky?"  Lucy loves Sesame Street and crayons!  Great work, Ava and Noah!
This has already brought her hours of enjoyment

And then it was time to clean up, and Lucy was naturally all over it!  "Bad-dume!" 

Lots of Mario Kart happened. 

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