We woke up Christmas morning at my parents' house but quickly got dressed to head over to my brother Nick's house. I think since Matt and I have been married, we have always gone over there for breakfast. Who knows if that tradition will continue on.
Nick and Beth just moved into a brand new house the weekend before Christmas, but that didn't keep Beth from having a delicious spread for us all. We stuffed our faces! There was this delicious creme brulee french toast casserole thingy that I'm still dreaming about.
We weren't there for long and the only pic I snapped was this one of Jett napping with his sweet pup, Lizzie.
We got home and made several trips in and out unloading ALL of our new stuff. I love getting gifts, but does anyone else dread finding places to put it all? It usually takes me days to get it all put away. Our house still looks like a toy store threw up in it with all of Katie Wynn's new gifts.
Around, oh I dunno, ten-ish?, I told Matt that maybe we should go ahead and get Katie Wynn's Santa gift out from the attic. Ha! I know, I know. We're terrible parents. But really, she has no idea what's going on. We'll put it all out under the tree and get into it next year.
So he went up to the attic and grabbed the little table and chairs that Santa had brought her. Can you believe that when he dropped it off in our attic, he didn't take the time to scrape off all the sticky price tags?! Bummer. The first 20 minutes of it being down from the attic was spent with me scraping off stickiness and him adding felt pads to all the legs of the table and chairs.
If you think that makes us bad parents, it gets even worse. I remembered that I had gotten her stocking stuffers too so I went and pulled them out of the shopping bags they were in so she could play with them. Yep, didn't even put them in a stocking. (Mostly because I "ordered" new stockings that never arrived...later found out that I apparently never finished checking out. Now I have 11 more months to decide if those are really the stockings I want.)
All of that rambling is to say that her stocking gift was a bath tub tea party set, but it seemed fitting to put it on her table so we could sit at it and enjoy its newness. She loved it!
You know what's crazy? To my knowledge, she has never seen a tea set before and yet, she knew how to help me fill up my tea cup. So smart, I tell ya.
And now, for my favorite picture from all of Christmas events: my two favorite people having a tea party together. Y'all, it just doesn't get better than that.
Another fun gift that Katie Wynn got from her cousins was a bag of 100 plastic balls. We managed to find a box big enough to dump them all in for a make-shift ball pit. She had a ball! (See what I did there?)
Once she got used to the box-o-balls, that's when things started getting a little crazy. Balls everywhere! I have a feeling this may be reserved for a rainy day activity.
After all the tea drinking and ball pit fun, sweet girl had to take a little book reading break. It's a miracle that there aren't other toys on the ground in these pictures, because they are quickly becoming our new flooring.
After naps for all of us, we got cleaned up and went to my aunt's for the afternoon. We always spend Christmas Day with my dad's side of the family.
Why am I so white and glowy? Do I look like that in real life? Am I part vampire?
If I had to guess, I'd say that Katie Wynn's favorite part of the day was getting pulled around in a box by Bren.
Either that, or sneaking up the stairs that she was supposed to stay off of.
If you noticed the outfit change, that's because near the end of the party, Katie Wynn picked up an unsupervised glass of bourbon + sprite and took a big drink. Like her mama, she thought it tasted awful and poured the drink down her dress as she threw the cup down onto the carpet. That's my girl. She smelled like a little drunk walking around the rest of the day. If this post doesn't get us Parents Of The Year, then I don't know what will.
Obviously a bath was necessary that night to wash away the bourbon stench, and so we had another tea party!
As with all the other parenting fails I've mentioned in this post, I realized I hadn't actually taken her picture in front of the tree yet. Hey, it was still up so I hadn't totally missed the opportunity yet. (Making ornaments is still on our list of things to do. Don't judge. They will get made.) I love the way these turned out! Such a little girl in front of a big, big tree.
I wish I'd had my camera settings correct for the picture below on the left. I think it could've been cute. The pic on the right is of one of her sock monkey ornaments. She gets one every year from her Mimi, but we actually already have so many that we may be able to do a sock monkey tree just for her soon.
Technically that wraps up our Christmas Day, but here are some bonus pictures from the next day. Still havin' a ball in the ball pit!
Now I'm done typing for a while, so it's your turn. How was YOUR Christmas? Any other kids drinking bourbon out there?