My parents, Scott & Cat, and Jess were going to spend Christmas down in Monterey, but they tweaked their plans and decided to spend Christmas Eve and Day with us and head down after the big day! We felt so loved!
Here are loads of pictures from our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations. I can't believe Christmas is over already!
Cuddling with Baby Sophie
Dinner at Don Jose's
The kids all got new pjs... Andrew got rocket pjs and the other kiddos got holiday ones
Failed attempts at a family photo
Ryan loved watching us play "pass the present"
Jessie wrapped the presents in sparkly glitter wrapping paper so we were all shiny by the time we were done playing.
We also tried to re-enact the nativity story with the Fisher Price nativity set... but it kinda bombed... which meant we were ready for dessert! :)
I made peppermint ice cream pie and Kevin made his mom's special hot fudge for the top.
We set out cookies and milk for Santa and sprinkled Andrew's reindeer food outside (that he made at school). We also ate lots of cookies from the yummy Santa cookie jar Liesl sent us!
Once the kids were asleep, the babes got to party a bit... and we watched Home Alone... and wrapped lots and lots of presents.
We aren't early risers, so we didn't get things started on Christmas Day until after 9am.
Andrew was dying to come downstairs... but we held him off till Scott, Cat, and Sophie arrived!
Grandpa chilled with Ryan while I got a few last minute things done.
After a quick picture with all of the kids (and Uncle Scott), the Christmas fun began!
Sophie couldn't handle the suspense
We loved watching everyone open their presents. First we opened all the kiddo presents, then we had breakfast (at noon), and then the adults opened presents while the kids played with their toys.
Santa surprised the kids with new bikes. Unfortunately it was raining on Christmas, so they didn't really get to try them out.
Catie's loved her Minnie doll from Grandma Julie
And her tutu and wand from Aunt Shauna. She had to put it on right away. She also loved her crowns, wands, and more princessy stuff from Aunt Elise. Our house has now become much more girly!
We also had fun snuggling with little Miss Sophie who looked so adorable in her holiday outfit.
Kevin made us yummy homemade waffles for breakfast
The babies cuddled
And then just as fast as it came, the day was over!
Our kids napped and then we packed up our cars and headed off on our mini family vacation to Monterey!