Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! We sure did! We had a slew of activities going on for the holiday. On Christmas Eve we went to Christmas service as a family before heading over to Joey's sister Heather's house. It's become a tradition to go to Heather's house for Christmas, and this is the 6th year (I think)!
Noelle and Vivi playing like crazy before presents!
All the cousins together! Max is the oldest at 15 years old, and it trickles down to baby Halle, the youngest at 1 year old (20 months to be exact)!
Taking a picture with Great Grandma Libby (Joey's maternal grandma)! (And Brianna in front - Joey's youngest cousin on his mom's side).
Hanging out with Uncle Nik.
Baby Halle was really confused at present opening time, at first. Once she got the hang of it, she didn't want to stop!
Noelle was super sweet, opening presents saying "Oh! I love this!" or "I've always wanted this!" LOL
Baby Halle getting her own band set!
Showing off her Elf shirt. :) We LOVE that movie!!
Noelle's big gift from Grandma Sue! A pony bike!!
So happy and excited!
Grandma opening up Halle's gift to her. (More on their homemade gifts in a future post.)
Ellie opening up her gift from Noelle (an H&M gift card for the big cousin)! All the kids in the family pull out another cousin's name out of a hat on Thanksgiving, and that's how we do presents from the kids to each other! That way it doesn't get too crazy with 11 cousins!
Halle snuggling with her favorite cousin. (It's okay I said that, it's not a secret, lol.)
Daniel Tiger figurines!
A stuffed and singing Daniel Tiger!
Oh and Daniel Tiger bath toys! It was a very Daniel Tiger Christmas, lol.
The girls getting jiggy with it downstairs with Vivi's new karaoke machine!
It was definitely a hit!
The girls singing "Let It Go."
Playing the drums!
And to all a good night!
The night before Christmas! (Santa wraps in white paper at our house!)
The following day (Christmas) we did our own family Christmas in the morning. We started a new tradition that I got from my friend Hilary, and we started the day off with cinnamon rolls (with a candle) and sang Happy Birthday to Jesus! Then we opened presents from (of course) Santa, mom and dad, and then my parents in Texas. We always Skype with them every Christmas morning so they can watch the girls open their presents from them!
Christmas morning happiness!
Yuuumm cinnamon rolls!
Skittles in her stocking!
In love with her new My Little Pony microphone stand from my parents!
Loving that microphone, but the best part is Halle dancing in the background, lol.
Baby Halle's presents from my parents. Can you take a wild guess what she is currently obsessed with?
Playing with her sister's new toy! I guess we still have Frozen fever!
Noelle picked out new bedding for baby Halle - My Little Pony of course! So now the sisters match! :) Halle was SO happy!
The girls then had a morning bath just so they could play with new bath toys, lol, then had fun jumping on the new trampoline Santa brought!
Before Christmas dinner, playing with the new microphone that they cannot get enough of.)
After naps on Christmas the girls got dressed up for Christmas dinner at Great Grandma Ethel's (Joey's paternal grandma). We had fun seeing extended family that we don't see often on Joey's dad's side, and played a few games over cocktails. The kids played with their second cousins and had fun!
Halle getting her gift from Santa.
Then on Sunday after Christmas, we celebrated with Joey's dad and Michele at their house. Santa comes there every year to give the kids their presents and we celebrate with dinner and just hang out.
Noelle was so sweet! Santa was handing out presents and Noelle was probably the 5th of 6th kid to get something, so that's a lot of waiting for a 4 year old! She waited so patiently though and when it was her turn she just ran up to Santa and plopped down right on his lap without any issues!
She was such a dear! She got her beloved Paw Patrol pack of figures (what she asked Santa at the mall for) so that was exciting! When she ran off to her spot we told her to go back and asked her "What do you say?" We meant for her to say thank you, but instead she told him "Merry Christmas," lol, which was so cute.
Ring around the rosey with Santa! An annual tradition - so funny.
Halle enjoying her new Santa gift -- the Elsa castle! Oh my goodness....
This thing is larger than her!
We had a great Christmas and we hope everyone else did too!! :) Joy to the world, the Lord is come!!