Even though this was actually Parker’s 2nd Christmas, it felt more like his first because he was so tiny for Christmas last year. He was only 3 1/2 weeks old at Christmas last year and most of that is lost in the fog that those early sleepless nights bring :).
This year was a lot of fun. I love Christmas and it was always a big deal in our family to decorate for Christmas, buy gifts for all of our family, see Santa, make cookies, etc. My family has such great memories of Christmas when we were little and I am determined for Parker to have that as well. For some reason, this year was really stressful for me. School went longer into December than it usually does and I found it to be very difficult to shop after school with a tired and fussy baby. Amazon and the UPS man were definitely my friend again this year! On top of all of that, Parker was sick with ear infections in both ears for almost 2 weeks before Christmas – whew, no wonder I was stressed! In the end though, it all worked out – just like it always does.
We took him to Bass Pro Shop to sit on Santa’s lap – call me cheap or whatever you want, but I just couldn’t pay for him to sit on Santa’s lap for 5 seconds. Bass Pro is free and we got 2 prints for free too!
Matt snapped this with our camera while they were taking their shot – he didn’t cry as long as I didn’t leave his side, but he wasn’t thrilled with being there either.
Parker LOVED the Christmas tree. He got super excited when we would turn the lights on and would stand there oohing and aahing at the tree. We have a small collection of plush, stuffed Christmas ornaments and I hung all of those and others that weren’t breakable all along the bottom branches so he could play with them. He would pull them all off several times a day and carry them all over the house. I felt like I redecorated the tree a hundred times a day! He’s really into blowing on things that are hot right now and apparently the Christmas lights look alot like candles because he would stand at the tree and blow the lights out :). Sweet, precious baby.
We started our Christmas celebrations with Matt’s mom, Kevin, Danielle, Julio, & Daniel. They came to our house on Christmas Eve for lunch and presents and we all had a really good time.
annual family picture
Of all the toys he received that day, this box and the wrapping paper in it proved to be MUCH more fun ;)
Christmas Eve night, we had dinner with my parents, Jillie, Jake, & Christopher. It was the first Christmas Eve night we’d spent with my parents in a long time and it was alot of fun. After Parker went to bed we put out all of the presents under the tree and got all of his “Santa” stuff set out. Because I wanted him to really see and play with his new toys Christmas morning, I moved all of his other toys out of the living room and it really worked well. Not to mention…it gave us alot more space Christmas morning.
We finally got everything wrapped, the stockings filled, and the toys put together and snapped this last picture before we went to bed.
We had a blast playing Santa this year. I don’t know how we’ll always do things or how much Santa will bring, but this year it was all just out for him to play with. He got an alphabet train, a rocking horse (made especially by Daddy), cars that zoom on the tile, wooden blocks, a See-N-Say, books, and a penguin that pops back up when you knock it over. He’s had lots of fun with all of his new toys!
My parents gave him this precious rocking chair & he loves to climb up in with a book and sit and read :)
After we all opened presents and dug into our stockings, we got dressed and loaded the cars to spend the day in Winnie at Nana and Papa’s house.
Parker and Adley Ann in her new Barbie Jeep! They sat in this thing forever and just had the best time.
Opening presents from cousins and Nana & Papa – new blocks!
This pretty much sums up his attitude toward his 2nd Christmas! Like I said, he loved every second of the day and was absolutely exhausted by the time it was all over with. We are beyond blessed with such wonderful and generous family and we are so thankful for their love.