Our 1st Christmas at Home

Ready for Christmas picture overload? OK, here we go!

Our niece Eliza came over to play on Christmas Eve.

IMG_0626 IMG_0636 IMG_0638

In case it’s not obvious, these girls have a blast together.

IMG_0647 IMG_0649 IMG_0652

Jason was so awesome and made my family’s traditional Christmas Eve Swedish meatballs while Ginger and I chased the little girls around the house and visited before the rest of the family got there.

IMG_0655

IMG_7569

These two can empty a toy box in less than a minute.

IMG_0677

Who me?

IMG_0679

After the house got quiet, it was time for this mama to pack up the stockings.

IMG_7577

This one is for Lucy:

IMG_0683

For Jason (not pictured: pack of underwear. You’re welcome.)

IMG_0684

For Alianna. She’s an awesome gift receiver. Equally excited about the socks and the owl stickers.

IMG_0685

For me; yes I stuff a stocking for myself. (not pictured: pack of underwear. You’re welcome.)

IMG_0686

IMG_7576  IMG_7585

On Christmas morning I woke up around 9 but Jason and Ali slept until closer to 10. I made a little treat for Ali and I and she learned a new word: cocoa.

IMG_0693

Round 1: stockings and Ali’s presents from Mom and Dad.

IMG_0694

In addition to the stocking littles, Ali gets three gifts from us. (Side note: Jason and I gave each other a house for Christmas. And I recently got a new camera and he got a new computer; both for our work. Merry Christmas to each other!)

IMG_0701

Good morning! It’s Christmas!

IMG_7588

Something to play with: Mind of My Own by Frances England.

IMG_0705

Something to Read: The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler

IMG_0713

Something to Wear: “seaspray” Converse low tops

IMG_0728 IMG_0731

New car from Grandma and Grandpa

IMG_0736 IMG_0738

IMG_7601

IMG_0741

Yogurt as a finger food?

IMG_0744

We got to FaceTime with my brother’s family in PA. My parents were there for Christmas. My sister’s family was driving there at the time so we didn’t get to see them.

IMG_7594

Eli got a tractor!

IMG_7595

Jason got some egg poachers in his stocking we he tried them out for our breakfast.

IMG_7612

After morning nap she had a bath and got all dressed up for the rest of Christmas day.

IMG_0747 IMG_0751

Sometimes “Where’s Ali?” is the only way I can get her to turn towards the camera but this is the facial response I get.

IMG_0757

Round 2 of opening presents. She got some great stuff from her aunts and uncles (my siblings in PA).

IMG_7627

This Leap Frog Phonics toy seemed to be Ali’s favorite of the day.

IMG_7637

Hmm, I might be realizing where Ali gets her “Ooooh!” face from.

IMG_0779 IMG_0785 IMG_0788 IMG_0796 IMG_0797 IMG_0818

Jason’s parents, brother, sister-in-law and niece spent the afternoon and evening with us. There were lots more presents, little girls running around playing with new toys, and a delicious dinner of ham, chicken, brussel sprouts, roasted beets, macaroni and cheese, rolls, berry delight, pumpkin pie…mmmm…I’m getting hungry again. I didn’t take many pictures during all that fun but after dinner I took these.

My handsome husband:

IMG_0826

Ali checking out one of her new shirts.

IMG_0831

The FP Little People airplane was a big hit.

IMG_7647

Daniel and Ginger

IMG_0834

Daniel, Ginger and Eliza

IMG_0839

Papa showing Ali how to use Nana’s Nook

IMG_0842

Tongue out in concentration? That’s new!

IMG_0847

Jason’s parents: Papa and Nana

IMG_0860

We had a wonderful Christmas. I hope you did too!

IMG_0855

Advertisements

5 Responses to Our 1st Christmas at Home

  1. Amanda KG says:

    Merry Christmas! Your stocking for Ali makes me so happy because since I can remember I have received that same box of animal cookies in my stocking (I’m 30 now). Those traditions seem so small but I remember what it felt like to receive them as a child and now as an adult. There is something so sweet about holding onto those traditions and I hope you create some of those memories with little Ali at this young age.

  2. anniegoat says:

    I really want to do the three presents thing next year, before my kids expect a lot. I love the saying, “if it’s good enough for Jesus it’s good enough for my kids”

    • mahlbrandt says:

      Especially when you add to that about 20-25 more from extended family! I’m glad we started out with the 3 gift tradition for Ali’s first Christmas.

  3. Good of you to fill your own stocking. Last year mine was empty and my middle child felt so bad he put half of his stocking stuff in mine. This year I made sure it was full too!

    • mahlbrandt says:

      Mine still has a little flimsy. Next year I might ask Jason to stick a couple surprises in there. I took the gummy bears that wouldn’t fit in Ali’s stocking (and she doesn’t really need to eat anyway!) and put them in my stocking.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: