Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas 2013

Our Christmas was low key and relaxing, as it is most years.  We love being at home and enjoying each other.  It's sweet to be together and play and laugh and rest and make memories.

I am a firm believer that Christmas with children is about the most wonderful thing ever.  If you don't have kiddos around -- come to our house next year.  I am also a firm believer in the saying "the more the merrier".  A full house is a happy house. 

Aunt Kate was here for a whole week and it was wonderful. We all love having her around.  She is a great help around the house and with the boys.  But she's also great company and good fun. 

The boys were sick all day and that was sad.  And Andrew pretty much cried all day.  Benjamin got a bike and was happy to ride around the block as many times as he could convince Patrick to take him.  We ate delicious cinnamon rolls pretty much all day.  We drank coffee a good portion of the morning.  We laughed at the differences in Benjamin and Andrew as they opened presents.  We smiled through dinner while Andrew cried sitting on my lap, Benjamin slept on the couch {he crashed just minutes before we sat down to eat} and Elise bounced in the bouncy seat.  We made memories indeed...

Anyways, here are way to many some pictures from our Christmas...

We matched!!


Ice storm -- 4 days before Christmas!



Christmas vacation nap and snuggles

Dry brining the turkey on Christmas Eve

Brotherly love...

Three babes. Three smiles. Win!

Family picture

Silly faces

We made a scavenger hunt for Benjamin to find his bike...

Stockings were stuffed with cut PVC pipe and connectors...and they loved it so much!

Breakfast snuggles and hangout before we opened presents...

B loved this blanket

Pretty much sums up Elise's feelings about Christmas...

Soccer Balls!

Andrew got a train set!


French cookbooks make me smile!

Aunt Kate with a little blue box, from the siblings...with love.

Elise opened her presents later and was pleased to get some clothes!

And we read her new book...

Aftermath insanity...

The bike!

Elise's first Christmas!

Cute first Christmas under the tree picture...

Learning to ride...

Such a big guy!

Clearly delighted!

Merry Christmas -- love the McBrides!

1 comment:

Carrie Wilson said...

Wonderful pictures! Wonderful family! Wonderful Christmas! :)