This Christmas season seriously flew by so quickly! Last year I hardly took any pictures (shame on me considering it was Jack's first!). So, this year I made it a point to bust out the camera, even if it was my trusty iPhone camera. I'm so thankful I did because I will cherish these sweet memories forever.
Christmas Eve began with me running out for a couple more last minute gifts & a grocery store run - surprisingly it wasn't too bad out. Once back home Jack "helped" me bake some sugar cookies, getting flour everywhere in the process. It was eventful to say the least but, we both had fun! Jack especially enjoyed checking on the cookies progress every few seconds & helping me transfer them all to the platter - which he actually did quite well at.
My in-laws joined us on Christmas Eve & stayed over through Christmas Day. So, I made Christmas Eve dinner - Ham & tamales with some sides my mother-in-law brought. Everything was so good & turned out perfectly! Matt & I were up until about midnight playing Santa & I was like a kid on Christmas Eve... Could not wait to wake up!
Jack actually let us sleep in Christmas morning which was nice because I know in years to come that will change. Once up, we made our way to the living room to see what Santa brought. Right away Jack went for his farm animals & barn then we had to nudge him along to the next big item, his workbench & tools. He loved them both so much & kept going back & forth playing with them. It actually took us most of the day to finish opening his gifts because he wanted to play with each one he opened.
I must note this gift which I chose after Christina's recommendation & knowing how much Jack likes to help in the kitchen. He has already loved playing with this toy so much & theres many learning opportunities with it as well. So glad I snagged this little gem.
Later my family joined us, we had lunch - I made a double batch of chicken & dumplings and then we opened gifts & all visited.
Christmas this year was a perfect blend of busy & low-key. We are now ready to kiss 2016 goodbye & ring in the new year! I hope you all had a very Merrry Christmas, however you were able to spend it.