Thursday, March 15, 2012

Holiday Festivities | Christmas Day

Ugh...am I really still blogging about Christmas...HA!!  Here we go, again!

Christmas Day, 2011
Christmas Morning
We woke up Christmas morning ready to open some presents.  It's funny, I remember waking up as a child, super early on Christmas morning and waking my parents up, excited for the morning.  Emerson, not so much.  It seems like each year, she sleeps in longer-and-longer.  I think this year it was 8:15 am before we heard her stirring.  (Not that I'm complaining!!!)

After she woke up, we headed downstairs for our traditional picture on the stairs, then called her into the living room so she could see what Santa brought her.  The video in the post below, shows her reaction.  It also shows her traditional examining of the cookies left for Santa and also, the traditional eating of the cookies.
Checking out the goodies from Santa.
A new hula hoop!!
The best gift...her new PINK bike!!!
Opening some presents from Mommy and Daddy!!
New Dance Apparel
A Boogie Board for drawing
New bathing suits for swim lessons
Puzzles - the Solar System, Alphabet Train, and a United States map.
A jewelry box
Hogan getting a few presents of his own.
A bag full of goodies - a crown, some jewelry, leg warmers, etc. 
A Crayola pen for the Ipad
A new jacket
....and a Rockette Barbie Doll!!!!
...oh, and then there's the stocking!!
Hogan had a few more presents to open!!

Brunch at Mimi and Birdie's
We spent some time with Mimi and Birdie at their house on Christmas morning.  It was time for some present opening, fun and of course, a great brunch made by Mimi.  She always has my favorite, breakfast casserole....yummy!!  Emerson got a (prank) Justin Beiber toothbrush, some pajamas, a craft kit, and a drum set, along with a few other goodies.  Take a guess what her favorite gift was?
Do we have a budding photographer in our family??

A little biking between Christmas events.
Christmas Dinner 
Christmas night, we had everyone over to our house for a laid back evening of baked spaghetti, salad, and bread...and a little wine.  Ed brought the silly string from the night before and an all-out silly string war ensued.  It was lots of fun and EVERYONE got in on the action.
Silly string was everywhere.  I'm pretty sure I am still finding it in places around the house.  
Gabby made herself comfy on the couch....so sweet!!
Hogan made his way to the couch as well, but he had different intentions.  He buried himself behind Birdie, away from the silly string mayhem.
As if they hadn't played enough all night, the boys headed outside with Emerson for some throwing lessons.  
Wow, what a great holiday we had.  It's always nice to spend time with family, especially those we don't get to see often.  We are truly blessed with such wonderful lives.  The holidays really make you appreciate it, but I need to make it a point to remember it daily!  We hope everyone had a great holiday....until next year!  

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