Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Eve

Christmas was pretty hectic this year. Especially considering we moved 3 days before Christmas...but luckily all worked out and everything was unpacked and put away for the big guy in red showed up. Can you imagine how much noise he would've made having to unpack his big red bag and tip toe around boxes?

On Christmas Eve we decided to do something different. In my family we always opened one present on Christmas Eve, and on Drews side they open pajamas every Christmas we thought we should break the mold and do our own thing. So we opened ALL the presents on Christmas Eve. I LOVED it! Then there was extra space for Santa to leave his gifts and Christmas morning we could just open Santa presents. I really enjoyed our new "tradition."

I didn't put up and ornaments on my tree this year. Good thing it's prelit otherwise it would have no lights either. The big red bow is from the bow that was on our house when we got the keys to it. The BEST Christmas present ever!

Autumn was a lot of fun this year. She really didn't care what was under the wrapping paper. She just wanted to open it. She was a big help with unwrapping all the presents and getting them all out from under the tree.

Weston was more enthralled with the wrapping paper and bows. Luckily he has such a helpful big sister who helped him unwrap his gifts when he was going a little to slow for her liking!

The kids were spoiled by both sets of grandparents. They got lots of toys, games, and clothes. They made out pretty good. My favorite gifts...Cricut cartridges. I got many great gifts, none of which I got a picture of...just these. :)

After opening all the presents we had hot chocolate and watched A Charlie Brown Christmas. It was so nice spending Christmas Eve with just the 4 of us. I am loving having a family of my own that I can start new traditions with. And surprisingly, it was easier being away from my family than I expected. Obviously we missed them, and wished we could be together but it was really nice having it just be the 4 of us. My own little family, making our own traditions and memories.


alisa said...

I love your new tradition! Your family is adorable! Autumn is at such a fun age! Congratulations on the new house! How exciting! Happy New Year!

Heather said...

How fun! I think that is a great tradition. We missed you on Christmas but I also LOVE being home on Christmas morning with just Bryan and the kids. It is fun to start your own traditions and I am sooooooo happy and excited for you that you finally got your new house. I can't wait to come see you in it. The kids looked so cute & I loved the picture of Weston with his hair spiked. TOOO Cute! Love and miss you guys!

Cindy Ardis said...

I am so happy and not surprised you had a wonderful christmas. Love that you are making new traditions. We missed you too. Love the new cricut cartridges!! I'll have to try them out next time I come. Thanks for posting the pictures, Autumn looks like she is having a blast. Loved the tree couldn't tell it didn't have any ornaments,just alot of presents!! That's the most important thing!!