Friday, January 6, 2012

Christmas 2011

As promised I'm finally getting around to doing a Christmas post. And as usual Christmas was a crazy, hectic, fun time. We started traditions with Baylor 3 Christmas' ago- can you believe he's been here for that many?! So of course we stuck to them and will continue too. One thing we always do is go to the Live Nativity. This year it moved out in front of Baptist East. It's starting to get a lot bigger and the new location was great. Next on our list was going to look at Christmas lights. We usually do this on Christmas Eve right after our Candlelight Service with my mom and brother's family. This year we did it the night before Christmas Eve and just my mom went with us. My brother and his family are preparing to welcome a sweet baby girl in just a week and a half so they've been busy. On Christmas Eve just the 3 of us like always headed to our Candlelight Service- in which they do not have childcare for their 2 services so Baylor and Daddy were out in the hallway for most of the service with several other dad's and children. After the service we stopped and got a bite to eat then headed home.

Now of all our traditions my favorite is that on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning it's just our family of 3- until we add our new addition next year! We let Baylor open one gift from Mommy and Daddy before bed. Then on Christmas morning we wake up with just our family on Christmas day. It seems like we are always rushing to see everyone so it's nice to have just family time with us 3 while we can. We look forward to this tradition with our sweet new baby next Christmas- just the 4 of us having a nice quiet Christmas Eve followed by family time on Christmas morning. Ahh... brings a grin to my face. Love that our family is growing!!

After our Christmas at home we headed over to my brother's to see what Santa brought the boys, exchange gifts, and enjoy a little family time before heading up to Birmingham to see Jonathan's family. We spend several hours up there eating lunch, exchanging gifts, and more family time. After a long day we headed back to Montgomery to once again get a little family time in with just us 3- we cherish these little moments.

I couldn't help but keep imagining how Christmas would be next year with two kids- and the thought of it just sounds like lots of fun and laughter for a new family of 4!

Now for some pictures...

Baylor in a sleigh at one of the houses we stopped at on our Christmas light tour.

Christmas Eve before church.

A little blurry, but I love this boy!

Opening his one gift he picked out on Christmas Eve!

Daddy and Bay playing with his new toy!

Bay and I!

Baylor's Christmas Countdown we did daily- idea off of pinterest.

Santa has come...

Sleeping Christmas morning. He did not want to get up. We woke him up so we could enjoy some time togehter before heading out to visit with family.


He really got in to opening all his gifts...

"Woody, jump? Ok."

This one got our of order... his look when we woke him up.

Christmas with his nephews! They love each other so muh- hugs and kisses to each other all the time.

Uncle Tab and Daddy had more fun with those guns than the kids did.

More presents...

Grayden driving Bay around on Bay's new tricycle from Granna!

Our family of 3 (4)!

Birmingham ready to open more presents.

Spoiled as always!

As big as him...

Cousin Emma opening presents too. He loves playing with the girls too!

Still opening...

We gave Jonathan's grandparent's a wrapped ultrasound picture to open since everyone watches them open their gifts...

Completely shocked..

Finally home and enjoying his toys from Santa.

Woody playing with his Woody doll.

Two posts in one day. Look at me. I'll be back soon with some Baby Cox updates and ultrasound pictures. We see Baby C 5 times now and it's amazing to see all the growth and development each week!

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