Happy New Years! It's 2013...can you believe it?
December 25, 2012 was the best Christmas I have ever had in my entire life. I know that's a big statement. But honestly, it was the absolute best.
I can't speak for my husband, but seeing Christmas through the eyes of our children, mainly just Connor right now, has been the biggest blessing I have ever encountered in my life.
Christmas PJ's from Grandma out and ready for the kids!
Mr. Howard and I woke up early so we could sit and drink coffee before the kids woke up. This year we asked Santa to come to Nana and Grandpa's house, but I think we're going to have to re-think that next year. It was a little confusing/hard for Connor to wake up and then wait to see Santa's gifts after driving 30 minutes to my mom's. Either we need to sleep there or have Santa come to our house.
Once we got to my parents' house, we let the kids look at their Santa gifts and then took a few pictures. I knew I'd probably put the camera down afterwards and just enjoy the day, so I wanted to make sure to get a couple good photos. I was right. Sort of. My camera died about 10 minutes after this photo.
I've been seeing all my blog friends and Instagram friends (follow me @TheHowardBunch) posting the same kitchen in different colors. It was a very popular gift apparently. Santa got us the retro kitchen in red and the kids LOVED it!!! I mean, seriously LOVED it! We've already planned out where it will go in their new playroom. Of course, we're going to plan out their room around this kitchen, I'm sure.
Isabella and Aiden were a little confused by the whole craziness and Isabella Lynn was especially clingy all morning. I wanted a cuddler ("Just one!" I prayed...) and boy did God give me what I asked for. Thanks God. It's good to know He has got a great sense of humor!! ;-)
Aiden kept wanting to ride Connor's tricycle. The way he rode it, was quite inventive, really.
This is the only picture I got of my brother, somehow. Sorry, Colin. He is behind me and Aiden.
I never used to understand how my parents would barely get anything for Christmas and they'd still be so happy. This was the first year I got it (not that I barely got anything...I was very blessed and got many beautiful things). But I get the excitement now. I was WAYYYY more excited about what the kids were going to think and how excited they were going to be than I was excited about my own stuff. I told my hubby on Christmas Eve that I could barely sleep I was so excited. And I woke up super early and had to force myself to go to sleep, because all I wanted to do was go wake up the kids and tell them it was CHRISTMAS MORNING!!! (I'm sure neither my husband nor my kids would have appreciated me doing that at about 3am, however!)
They really did not want to sit still. I think I took about 14 photos in order to get a couple good ones. They were moving so fast, a lot of them were blurry!
My parents with the kids:
And Mr. Howard's parents with the kids:
This was Denny's first Christmas with us ever!! We were so glad he could join us!
The kids got such amazing food for their play kitchen from Nana, Auntie Jen and Uncle Brett, and Grandma. My absolute personal favorite was this sushi set they got. Seriously, amazing! Connor made sandwiches...and cut fruit...and made pasta and pizza...for hours. I love gifts that inspire imagination.