And what a Christmas it was!!
If I thought it was fun as a mom of one last year - it was incredible this year. Not only was Tommy old enough to enjoy the fun of the day(s) but we had our little snuggle bug Jack there as well, to just smile, be cute and cuddly, and just bring us a little more joy all around.
Tommy and his cousin "A", they are best buddies
One of the best things about my in-laws is the fact that they make you feel like family from the moment you step in the door. Poor T was worried how he would be received - it was with nothing less than warm open arms. The coolest part was watching T and his cousins rekindle their friendships - it was as if they were never apart!!
Jack's first Christmas present (thanks Aunt Pat!!)
Tommy and Jack enjoyed all the attention bestowed on them as the youngest attendants at the party. And this proud mommy has to say they handled it like pros. Tommy partied like a rockstar until late into the night (well 9:30-ish).
Tommy caught sneaking M&M's
Aunt Sara and my neice Lola
We had a wonderful time with the grandparents, opened absurd amounts of gifts, then returned home just in time for naps for the boys and lots of unpacking and unpackaging toys for us. We were very proud that we managed to get everything put away, and Tommy's GeoTrax set up before he got up.
Later in the afternoon we headed out to my Uncles house for desert and just some fun family time (and of course more gifts for the little guys) Tommy had a great time running around with his older cousin Mason, who he never gets to see.
Hiding a cookie perhaps?
So the festivities are over, and the chaos has ended. We had a wonderful time with family and friends!! Dan and I did discuss how next year will be a little different. We want to be sure the boys understand that Christmas is not all about giving. I had hoped this year to participate in 12 days of giving, but we never got organized to do it. We have agreed that next year we will. I want my boys to understand how fortunate and blessed they are.
So good night to all...I hope you all had wonderful Christmases!! I promise tomorrow to do some visiting as well :)
As I love a good link up...go check out 5 Minutes For Mom to see more holiday posts!!