Our family had a very busy few days (as I am sure many other families did as well)! This is our Christmas celebration in pictures...
Wednesday began our celebrations with a barn party at my parents house...
Payton (still) did not like visiting with Santa.
And he was not amused by the candy canes...
but a tractor and a Gracie-dog, now that is just right!
We gave Daisy a Christmas carrot,
and kept toasty warm by the fire.
We left the barn party and went straight to celebrate Christmas with our 6th annual "Girls" Christmas (my four best friends from hs and our significant others). Payton and Chloe loved this box and having Uncle Frank drag them all over the house. Payton stayed up until 130 am!!!!!! He truly is a nite owl like his mama.
On Thursday I spent most of the day prepping for the big chili dinner I have hosted every year since Wes and I were married. Both sets of our parents and my sister join us after the Christmas Eve barn service. It is wonderful.
Santa visited our house Christmas morning. He brought Payton and wonderpet flyboat! His favorite! Payton was also treated to all sorts of goodies by his Aunt Brooke. We were so busy Christmas morning that Payton did not open his presents from Wes and me. We left our house at 830 am and went to my parent's (stop 1), then Wes' grandmother's (stop 2), the my Godparent's house (stop 3), and finally Wes' Aunt Gloria's (stop 4). It does get to be a little excessive, but if we did not show at one of these locations, I know that there would be a lot of family drama since all of these places are within 30 minutes of our house. I love seeing everyone, but I miss the quiet Christmas we used to have as kids (we never left the house and Brooke and I got to go outside and use all of our new horse gear on our ponies). Now we do the Christmas marathon...
The only Christmas photo of our family(see above).
The day after Christmas I finally got to meet Eli. Sarah and I have been friends since we were 3 and it was so wonderful to meet her little man! Payton loved playing with him too!
Later in the evening we had our last Christmas celebration with my Mom's family. Things can get a little exciting...
Just look at Payton!
Check out the video above to see Payton bustin' some moves!
It was another wonderful Christmas season as we rejoiced the birth of our King. (Which reminds me that I have to get video Payton kissing baby Jesus in our nativity set... it is too cute!) I miss the Advent season already and lighting our candles each nite. It is a beautiful time of year. Now we eagerly await Epiphany and we are excited to see what families we will join this year for our mystery dinners (but I guess it won't be too mysterious for my family since I am coordinating the Church Epiphany dinners thsi year.)
We are also celebrating Kwanzaa this week. So to everyone else that is celebrating the African-American community this week... we wish you a Joyous Kwanzaa!