Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Kick Off...

This past weekend we packed up the kids, the dog, the food, and the gifts.... and headed to Eric's dad's house for a family Christmas! Normally we do this family's Christmas on the 23rd, but with a slew of little ones running around and several other events to attend, we all agreed to move our tradition to the weekend before Christmas. 

My absolute favorite part of Christmas with Eric's dad is all the kids. I just love my nieces & nephews... and up until December 11th they were all on this side of the family. I love watching Ella & Livy live it up with them! 

Friday night was very low key, as was Saturday morning, but once everyone woke up from naps Saturday afternoon it was present time! 

Livy loves the concept of opening gifts, but still needs a lot of support. Ella, on the other hand, does not. She is a present opening machine! 

This year my mother - in - law did each of the kids gifts in a different wrapping paper. Their stocking had a swatch of that wrapping paper & we spread the gifts out all over the living room. The kids loved their "present hunt" and it was super fun! 

My nephew Finn got these trucks from PB Kids & they are SO nice! I couldn't believe what high quality they were when he opened them! Just a random plug because I was really impressed. 

Ella's big gift was her Bitty Baby doll! She has played & played with her since we've been home. Of course she's named Madigan after my sister's new baby :) 

Another big hit was her Little Red Riding Hood Cape & the wolf hat to go along with it! We've been playing this game nonstop this week. 

And of course, her new Elena backback...

Once the kids were done opening presents, it was the parents' turn! My mother in law always does little riddles & sends us on a hunt to find our gifts (she's a kindergarten teacher if you couldn't tell). Here we are ready to go find our gifts!

A little blurry lol, but at that point I felt a little blurry so it's fitting. And then we took a family photo with our sweet girls! 

 I hope you all have a very, merry Christmas! 

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