Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas 2011

Our Christmas Day started out a little sour. I could pretend that we had a fabulous morning with magic and fairydust. But the reality is (and I think a lot of you married people out there can relate...I hope!) that we both woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I was stressed. He was irritated. I still had wrapping to do. We both had to get ready. The babies slept VERY poorly, so we were in dire need of sleep. Connor woke up way too early. And neither of us was in the Christmas spirit. It's a bummer that we started out the day that way, because we love each other so much. But it's reality. Please tell me I'm not the only one who has days like this!

This is one of the reasons my goal next year is to have nothing to stress about. I will have all the wrapping done early and we will go to bed dreaming of sugarplums and fairies! Okay, maybe we'll just go to bed on time. How about that?!? When I told my mom and grandfather's wife, they smiled and said, "We've all been there. You have to do it to learn that you don't want to do it again." And boy have I learned my lesson. No more waiting to the last minute!

After a rough morning, a few apologies, a kiss, and a "Let's let everything go!" pep talk, we began our wonderful Christmas morning. And a wonderful day it truly, truly was! Connor, Aiden, and Isabella's Grandma got them all adorable Christmas jammies and they looked soo darn cute! 
 We headed over immediately to my mom's house, where we instantly started snapping photos of everyone! Do you see the babies' butts? I mean, really!

After opening presents for a little bit, the Kirkpatrick Clan made a phone call to our Southern California family! It was absolutely wonderful to hear my Aunt's voice after such a long time. We miss them so much!

 And then it was back to spending time with everyone! One of my favorite gifts of Mr. Howard's was this seriously cool Chapman Alumni sweater. I plan on getting him a bunch more alumni stuff for his graduation, but this was SUCH A WELL EARNED privilege to wear the sweater!!!
 I tried to snap photos of all the kiddos, adults, food, and still be present in all the moments. It wasn't really possible. I will tell you that trying to open presents for all three kids was a little overwhelming. I didn't want everyone to have to wait for us, so I was trying to do it all. My sister observed that when you have kids, you get three times as many presents. It's actually pretty true! Until, of course, they turn 3 and then the presents are allll theirs.
Aiden had a great First Christmas and looked oh-so-precious in his Santa's Helper Outfit, complete with a Santa butt (which my mother-in-law also bought for him!):
 Isabella was all smiles all the time and looked quite adorable for her first Christmas in her "I love Santa" outfit Kathe got her, complete with a reindeer butt. Have I told you how obsessed I am with outfits with adorable butts?
 Connor really "got" the opening gifts part of Christmas, although I definitely think he didn't "get" the open a present and MOVE ON part. He wanted to play with everything he opened. Hehe.
 Mr. Howard must have taken this photo of Grandpa, Aiden, and Pop Pop. I love it!
 A panoramic view of our Christmas!
My sister and Rebecca!
I tried so hard to consciously take photos of everyone...but I sorta missed my sister with the kiddos. Sorry, Katie! She was looking quite beautiful too!

My parents had just gotten a pool table for their game room and the boys spent a good portion of the day playing pool (well, that, and watching the Lakers game)!
It was such a special day, from almost beginning to end and I'm glad the babies had such a great first Christmas.

I wore my Cole footprint necklace and he was never far from my thoughts. There were a couple of moments in the day when I felt sad (especially right when I woke up, which may have contributed to the bad start to the day), but it was nothing compared to last year's Christmas (our first Christmas after he had passed away). Supposedly time heals all wounds. It's hard for me to imagine a time when I could be completely healed from the loss of a child, but I will say that time makes all wounds bearable.
I pray for all of you who have lost someone or who have someone in their lives that is struggling with their health. It is impossibly hard to fathom how difficult it is to try to celebrate when you have so much weighing on your heart. To my special angel in Heaven, I adore you and look forward to the day when I can celebrate with you in my arms. To my family in Southern California, my prayers are constantly with you. To say I wish we lived closer, is SUCH an understatement. And to my brave cousins, you are my heroes! And to my new dear friend, Rebecca, I wish I could pray away all your heartache and your mom's illness. While I have never met your mom, to have made you, she must have been pretty special. I hope we could make your Christmas as special as it could be, so far from your mom.

Merry Christmas Everyone!


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I think we all have days like that! I love how honest you are.

Andrea said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We had a tough Christmas morning too, must have been something going around =) What a sweet paragraph at the bottom. Your Cole knows how much you love him =)

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Loved chatting with you too. It was the highlight of our day. :-)

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