To try to make it really feel like Christmas we started the morning with monkey bread - which I think might be my favorite food! This is Lucas and my traditional Christmas morning breakfast. We also had a special dinner (roast, potatoes, rolls, corn, and cookies). It wasn't "traditional" Christmas dinner, but it was more effort than I usually put into a meal!
Really the presents were for the babies - and, as you can tell, the grandparents went all out for their first grandchildrens' first Christmas! Allie & Ryan enjoyed opening the presents (mostly because they wanted to eat the wrapping paper). They were curious about the new toys. They were delighted with all the attention! They've grown accustomed to the camera, and seemed to enjoy having their personal paparazzi to catch their "Christmas" moments!
The highlight for mommy: a play yard! Once set up, it is a safe place I can leave the babies when I am warming bottles (or changing/bathing a baby after a blowout!) and not have to worry about them crawling under beds, or sticking their fingers in light sockets. Now that they are moving more and faster this will be a sanity saver (as you may know after the "Oh, What a Night" post)!
The babies' fav: I would LOVE for it to be the Bop & Wobble Penguin...but it seems to be the box for their sit & stand toys. After everything was over, and there was so much to play with, Ryan spent about 15 minutes smiling at and talking to the babies on the box. And later Allie kept reaching out to touch the little girl on the box. Isn't that the way it is!
Things I am thankful for:
Long naps. Yesterday, I think the twins were hyper because Papa & Gigi were here and I couldn't get a decent nap out of them. Thankfully, they took 2 LONG naps today. And Papa took part of one of those naps with Allie - I tried to get a picture, but my camera froze and they woke up :(
How much the babies already love their Papa & Gigi. And I know they will love Papi & Nana when they see them too. I honestly think they remember them from September! It is amazing how attached I can already see they are. It is also cute to see how they show off to get their attention. It is so wonderful to see them bond so well with family when we live so far away.
God's gift of His Son. It's not really Christmas, but I can't help but think about the first Christmas morning...and the little baby who would pay the ultimate price for our salvation. There is something about having your own baby that adds a new depth to the Christmas story.