Okay seriously this was the best Christmas ever!!! I'm sure they will keep getting more and more fun as our kids get older, but up till now, this was the best one yet.
Let's start with Christmas Eve.
Brandon always had one of these chocolate advent calendars (although he never knew they were called advent calendars till this year) growing up so he really wanted Mckinley to have one. She loved opening her chocolate every day.
So on Christmas Eve Brandon told me he needed to go into work for a little bit and that he wanted to do some shopping. I told him I would just go spend the day at my mom's and hang out with Amy before she flew back to Arizona on Christmas Day. So I went over there and spent the entire day just hanging out and helping with the dinner. My mom always does a big dinner on Christmas Eve. They have been out of the country for the last 3 Christmases in a row so I was excited to have this dinner again. Man, was it crammed, but the food was amazing.
Mckinley and Bryce.
Brandon came to the dinner a little late and when I got home, I found out why! Mind you, I didn't find out for quite a while. We came home, fed the babies, got them ready for bed and stuff, and I went in our room to put Tyler in the pack n play, got him all settled, and turned around to find this:
A new bed! We have been sleeping on a Queen bed with no headboard or anything for the last 6 years and I have always wanted bedroom furniture and of course a King bed would be nice. Well, Brandon had been planning this surprise for me and bought us a new mattress and everything. What an upgrade! I am so excited about it! He spent the whole day putting it together. It was the best surprise since he surprised me with our van a few months ago. Man, he is good at surprises. So yeah, pretty much right there this was already the best Christmas ever.
Family shot before heading to bed.
We wanted to start a new Christmas Eve tradition of watching a movie before bed. We were all excited for Mckinley to sleep in our bed with us (especially with the extra room) but after the movie she said she wanted to sleep in her own bed. She usually gets up around 4 or 5 and comes to our room and sleeps with us the rest of the night but she stayed in her bed the whole night, which was nice because we wanted to see her reaction when she saw her presents.
The tree before:
So the babies both slept the entire night (Merry Christmas to us, thanks babies!). They woke up around 7 so I was out in the living room feeding them and I told Brandon to come out because I knew Mckinley would wake up while we were out there. She came out a little bit later and just said Good Morning Mom and Dad! in the cutest voice ever and didn't even notice the presents. We had to point out to her that Santa came and brought presents and she looked over and said yep, and a motorcycle! Ha ha. She didn't run over to open her presents or anything. She is just such an angel.
So I told Brandon to go show her her stocking. They dumped it out and she started grouping all the same candy together and putting them in piles. She didn't even ask for any of it. She was just so pleasant and so cute.
We finally went over and unwrapped presents. She unwrapped each one so carefully and was so excited with hat was inside. When she opened her dollar store Dora puzzle she said Oh my gosh! It's Dora! We would ask her if she wanted to open another present and she would say let's open one for Tyler or let's open one for Kallie. We didn't have any presents for those guys but we would just tell her the next present was for them.
She loved her my little ponies which were the only thing she asked Santa for. This is her just before we saw Santa. She was so cute and sat on his lap and nestled right in to his chest. Not scared at all.
Cute Christmas jammies.
After presents we made the most delicious breakfast ever. I saw these cute reindeer pancakes on my cousin's blog so we made them. Super easy and so cute.
Mckinley of course requested a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse pancake so I still made her one of those.
Mmmm. Breakfast was so good.
What is more fun than cute twin matching Christmas outfits?
These babies are seriously so much fun I can hardly stand it.
We hooked the computer up to the new TV we got for Ross and Karen and skyped with Lincoln. It was pretty cool. He's about to hit his year mark in a few weeks.
We spent almost all of Christmas Day over at Brandon's parents' house. Then today, on Boxing Day we went to the Church like we do every year and made scones and just played around. It's not my favorite tradition, but it's tradition, so we do it anyway.
Brandon's parents gave us a Blendtec for Christmas which is pretty much the coolest gift ever! I am so excited about it. We just made a green smoothie a little bit ago that was sooo good. Can't wait to make soups and ice cream and whatever other yummy things this blender can do.
Kallie has so much personality now and is smiling a ton! She is so stinking cute and such an angel.