This was the first Christmas that Bennett was really able to participate and he loved every second of it!
We hosted Christmas Eve with Chris' side of the family. I chose to do a brunch to keep it low key, and that it was. Not sure if I'd ever do it any other way, besides who doesn't like brunch?!

After eating we opened gifts, played games and got to kick back and relax for a bit.

B playing with gloves attatched to his hat:
 mega blocks on his new table:
 opening the quilt made for him by Chris' mom for his new bed:
It turned out so great!
(inspired by this one)
 steelcut oats bar and hot chocolate bar for breakfast:
(along with a few other options of course)
 In the evening we went to Gloria, our church's Christmas Eve service at the Schnitz.
It was amazing, just like last year.

I could stare at the architecture all day long:

 After we got home, Benentt got to open up a pair of Christmas jammies to wear that night.
He was so excited:
Christmas morning came quickly and he ran out to the tree after we woke him up.
His big present this year was his new bed/mattress but we did get him a few other things that he could play with including a wooden train expansion pack and a Rody.
He asks for Rody every morning when he wakes up!
He had a blast opening presents (and helping everyone else open theirs) this year: 
 Chris and I actually opened eachother's gifts after B went to bed on Christmas Eve, since we had to be up at my sister's house bright and early.
Chris definitely beat out my wrapping this year:
(though they were similar, he added pinecones...what a crafty husband I have!)
He totally and completely surprised me with a Kitchen Aid mixer:
(I have already broken it in with my favorite cookie recipe)
 I didn't really get him anything too fancy...just some new shirts and stuff for his espresso bar.
His parents got him a much needed ladder and now we can put stuff in our attic, clean the gutters, etc!.:
(we are dorky homeowners now, so we get excited over these things)
Christmas morning we went to my sister's house to spend time with my family.
Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of the massive amount of gifts around the tree but it pretty much went to where I was standing to take the picture below.
B and his cousins:

 love his crossed legs:
 B is so hot-blooded, his shirt came off pretty quickly:

my mom's fun wrapping:
which turned out to be:
(now I just need to learn how to use it, but I'm so excited!)
 Chris putting together Barbie's dream house for my neice:
(what a nice uncle...I think it pretty much takes an engineer to put those things together anyways)
 Later in the afternoon we all loaded up and headed down to my aunt and uncle's house to spend time with the extended family for a bit. 
It was fun but we were so ready to be home at the end of the day!

This Christmas was great and I know that they are going to get even better from here on out with the brothers next year...having kids around really does make Christmas better!


  1. Gerry Adams on December 28, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    You're right, having kids around does make Christmas better. I'm glad you had a nice one!

  2. Mrs. Wookie on December 28, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Okay - I have to ask! Tilt head or bowl lift?? I psuedo had a Kitchenaid on my list, and by that I mean anything on my list he won't get for me THAT holiday. So I'm just going to buy one for myself. :)

  3. Sara B on December 28, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    So cute!! Bennett is seriously adorable. I love that one of him in front of the tree in his jammies! Glad you guys had a good Christmas!!

  4. Sara on December 28, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    I got a kitchen aid last year (love it!) and a new sewing machine this year! So fun!

  5. abi porter on December 28, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    eek! the cross-legged one kills me.. too much cute!

  6. Lauren @The Little Things We Do.... on December 29, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    so fun :). can't wait to see what you bust out with the sewing machine! maybe i'll ask for one for my then maybe i'll have time to learn how - haha! and that quilt looks so cool - can't wait to see it in person. glad you guys had a fun christmas!!

  7. kira on December 29, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    A Kitchen Aid mixer and a sewing machine? Good year for you! Also, Chris' wrapping is very impressive.


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