Friday, January 16, 2015

Christmas 2014

I am behind as normal... Christmas 2014 has come and gone already, and I miss it already! It was so much fun for the boys, and they loved all of the lit up trees and houses.

Let's see... We went with a fake tree this year, and that was a great idea. It was so nice to not have to water it, and to not have needles falling constantly. We were brave and didn't really block it off in any way, the boys did great! We kept the decorations pretty much only on the upper half (aside from lights/ garland) and they really mostly left it alone. They loved it though, every single night they had to 'say goodnight' to the tree and give it a kiss. Jamie did a fantastic job outside as usual, and the house looked great! We are lucky to live in a very festive neighbourhood. We did a lot of after dinner walks with the boys where they could ooh and aah at all of the pretty lights... And attempt to knock on peoples' doors. Apparently it's Halloween year round.
A TREE! Adam very excited in the back
Scott & Adam with me in our yard 
Our house! 
Scotty helping decorate the tree! 

The holiday season was super busy, but lots of fun. My parents do a Christmas Brunch, and so we had that on the Sunday before Christmas. Lots of pancakes and yummy food, and a terrible attempt at a family photo! Seriously, it's impossible to get a pic of the 4 of us lately... That's the goal for 2015, ONE good family photo! Haha.
Good effort... Scotty with me.

On to Christmas Eve... After the boys' afternoon nap, we went straight to the 3PM church service. It's the same service I've been going to pretty much my entire life, and I love continuing the tradition with the boys. I was nervous about them sitting quietly for close to an hour, but it went soooo well! They loved listening to the music and were pretty happy to sit on our laps as long as they had mouthfuls of raisins the entire time. They liked trading laps though - from me, to Jamie to my Mom to my Dad.... and back and forth again. At least they were quiet. Got a little bit squirmy during the pastor talking for 10-15 minutes, but I'll still take that as as win.

After church it was off to my parents' house for dinner. Turkey and the fixin's, yummy yummy as always. The boys were pretty good, once we gave them a chia seeds pouch and let them just eat that. Sitting patiently through meals is not one of their best qualities. After dinner we opened some presents for the boys from my side of the family. They got clothes, Elmo, Cookie monster, potties, stuff like that, as well as some money for their college funds (because they'll be doctors, you know!) We were home shortly after 7, and off to bed for the turkeys. We knew Christmas would be another long busy day!
A & S opening presents with Daddy and Nana
A & S snacking with Uncle Andrew! 
Scotty showing Uncle A that he likes his new CAT toy
Some holiday cheer for Mommy when we got home! 
Last picture before bed on Christmas Eve

Christmas Day! The boys were sweeties and slept through the night for us which was much appreciated. Jamie got up with them in the morning for breakfast, and I got up around 8:30 for presents! We wrapped up stuff in wayyyy too many packages, so the babies got fairly bored pretty quickly, and once we hit the corn poppers, they just played with those while Jamie and I spent the next 20 minutes tearing apart all of the work we had done wrapping everything and making a huge mess of our house. We (I mean Santa) got the boys toys, books, clothes, corn poppers, more toys, blocks, little cars, decor for their room... Stuff like that. So after breakfast, we piled into the van and headed off to Jamie's parents' house for Christmas morning 2.0! The boys got spoiled again, with cozy coupes, more clothes, more books (they are obsessed with books), a railroad set, a picnic table and more. Jamie and I also came home with a lot of stuff, nothing as fantastic as our new Dyson Animal though. Seriously, that vacuum is lifechanging! I have the best mother in law.

We went home for lunch and so the boys could have a nap, before heading back to my inlaws' for Christmas dinner. It was a PJ dinner this year (well for half of the attendees) so that made picking out clothes for the evening pretty easy. Jamie and I wore our striped onesies, and the boys just stayed in what they were wearing that morning. My MIL made an amazing dinner as usual, although Jamie and I barely ate any because the boys were being little monsters during dinner time - running around is much more fun than sitting and eating! We ended up leaving around 7, and were home to get the boys in bed at a reasonable hour, where once again they slept like angels!

Overall this was an amazing Christmas and the boys did so well. I remember the stress last year, the way they didn't nap at all and had a meltdown here and there over being so overtired. This year was such a breeze compared to that, and the boys had so much fun too. I can't wait for their next Christmas!
Good morning Sweeties! Scotty looking at the camera
A & S trying out their corn poppers 
Was cleaned up by naptime, phew! 
Adam wouldn't put down cookie monster and the corn popper for a diaper change.
Adam at the dinner table 
Merry Christmas love the Arsenaults! A & S - good effort again!

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