But first...a peek at late Christmas Eve night:
|My Santa job was done....so pretty!!|
|Sylvain's Santa job was not done. And it was complicated and noisy.|
Sylvia was the first to wake up at an amazing 7:45 AM!! We slept IN on Christmas morning! Sweet baby Jesus, it was wonderful. So we were all in a really good mood. I snapped a few pics of Sylvia before Margot woke up, then the present-fest commenced! (I know I should put most of these pics in a cute collage or something, but I'm short on time, so just scroll and enjoy - sorry!)
|She slept with her new unicorn, which I fear may replace her beloved dou dou bunnies.|
|New Ninja Turtle, Michelangelo, meets old Ninja Turtle, Leonardo.|
|One good gift before she saw the car.|
|Bathtub letters! Hooray!|
|The Ninja Turtle truck. It's called "The Shellraiser." *sigh*|
|Sophia dress! She wore it all morning.|
|Margot left her car when she saw the wooden stir fry vegetables.|
|She force fed Papa some shrimp.|
|Opening our gifts from France!|
|A set of games for Sylvain and Sylvia.|
|Some new books for Margot.|
|Assembling the Turtle Wagon after breakfast.|
Our morning was delightful and everyone was very happy with their gifts. After a little play time, we packed up and headed to my Dad's house for another Christmas! What a lucky bunch we are!
|Lala Loopsy everything from Santa at Grandpa's house!|
|She was just happy to eat snacks all day!|
|My Dad built Margot this awesome board with gadgets and locks and knobs and a door to hide things! She LOVES it!|
After lunch, we hightailed it to my Mom's house with enough time to squeeze in some naps, thank goodness! We opened gifts, had more great food, and by 7:00 my girls were SPENT (and so was I).
|I only got one good present opening picture, because Margot was a fussy, crying MESS, poor baby!|
I had time to survey the damage of three rounds of Christmas in one day, and in order to stay as organized as possible, I put all of their gifts back under the tree for them to rediscover in the morning. I was also hoping that seeing everything at once would help them decide what to play with!
So, Christmas was a wonderful whirlwind of a day and I was constantly reminded of how blessed and loved we are by our family and friends. I've always loved Christmas and I used to think it was the most magical day of the year, but I was wrong. When you have two tiny kids, the day AFTER Christmas is the most magical. We had no where to be and there was only one rule: put your toys back under the tree before you start playing with something else! We stayed in our pajamas and we played played played played PLAYED all day long. I didn't open my computer or stare at my phone. Sylvain and I spent most of our day on the floor, building things or playing games, or pretending to do whatever the heck they wanted to do. We ate leftovers all day, took GIGANTIC naps, sang every Christmas song we know.....it was remarkable. I hope we are always so lucky as to have this special extra family day!
Up next: Christmas Eve and/or our seventh wedding anniversary trip to Gatlingburg WITH children, for the first time ever. Super fun. Lots to post!