Christmas this year was full of excitement! Even though Parker was too young to enjoy any of it, it was still fun for Matt and me and we are so thankful for all of the new memories. Because we have so much family to celebrate with, Christmas usually lasts for several days, which this year, made for a very tired baby and an absolutely exhausted mommy!
I was worried about how Parker would react to such a busy few days with so many people wanting to touch him and hold him, but he really did surprisingly well.
Christmas, Round #1 was on Friday afternoon with Matt’s dad and Michelle and Danielle. We loaded PJM up and drove to Seabrook for the afternoon to celebrate and enjoyed a delicious lasagna meal and gifts.
My parents and brother arrived from Abilene Friday afternoon, so in between Christmas celebrations with Matt’s family, we were spending time with my family and catching up on the last few weeks. My brother hadn’t met Parker yet, so it was extra special to see him!
“Uncle Awesome” as he’s decided to be called, holding the little guy! It didn’t last for long, but at least he held him!
Christmas, Round #2 was on Saturday afternoon with Matt’s mom and Kevin, grandma, and Danielle. We always do our Christmas celebration with Matt’s mom on Christmas Eve, but this year, they came to our house! We treated them to a Mexican themed meal, gifts, and relaxing around the Christmas tree.
all decked out in my reindeer PJ’s, ready for Santa!
Santa definitely came to visit our little PJM!
Enough pictures already!
Christmas, Round #3 was Christmas morning at our house with my family. Jillie and Jake came over for breakfast and gifts and we enjoyed a nice relaxing morning together. Unfortunately, Parker was the star of the show that morning, and there are ZERO pictures of the rest of us on Christmas morning…
Eventually we all got ready to make the drive to my grandparents house for Christmas, Round #4 where we spent the afternoon and evening opening gifts, showing off our little man, and just enjoying family.
Showing off his birthmark and being oohed and ahhed over!
one of many Christmas outifts! We had to have a couple of wardrobe changes during the course of the day to be able to wear all the holiday gear! Love the little Santa feet on this one!
Christmas outfit #2 of the day!
Instead of exchanging gifts with everyone, the adults in my family started doing a White Elephant gift exchange. Whether you decide to participate or just watch, its always sure to bring lots of laughs for a couple of hours!
half of the room during the white elephant gift exchange
Rachel stole these lovely baskets from Katha!
My poor dad isn’t very good at this game, but he definitely gives us lots of laughs…especially when he schemes throughout the whole game and ends up with gifts like this…
Christmas 2011 was busy and tiring, but as usual we had a blast with family and this year had an extra special gift to be thankful for!