It's almost February and I still haven't caught up on December. I thought things would calm down after the holidays, but I swear it only got busier.
Well Christmas this year did not disappoint. We kicked off Christmas Eve at Hotts's house. Milo and Taya were in heaven. Both of them were thrilled about opening presents. Milo opened one tractor and didn't care about opening another-he was just so delighted with his toy. Taya on the other hand got excited for every present. She would get all big eyed, and gasp in excitement for every thing that she opened. Then she'd say, "I love it!" She tried on every piece of clothing, every little necklace, and hugged every mermaid.
Then we moved on to Christmas at the Church with Grandma and Grandpa Bird.
The kids got more than a little bit spoiled!
And as if Powerwheels for each kid wasn't enough, they each got a special present to open too. Talk about little kid heaven!
We were worried that Taya and Hallie would be a bit too small for the cars, but they LOVED them. They were crazy drivers (especially Tay), but they kept right up with the big kids.
Anna and Brave :)
This year I insisted on a quite Christmas morning at our house. It was amazing! The kids got up around 7 and got in bed with us. Somehow they had forgotten about their new toys, and that it was Christmas morning. It was so fun to just cuddle in our big bed all together. Then Chris said, "Hey guys, last night when I was sleeping I heard Santa's reindeer on our roof." All of the sudden it clicked. Milo started screaming, "ahhhhh, it's Christmas!!!!" I've never seen two little bodies get out of bed so quickly.
Milo got an astronaut suit and space toys. Of all of the nice things that he got, I think that he liked the "rocket pack" the best. Santa may have crudely fashioned out of two liter bottles and tape.
Taya loved her doll house. It was worth every minute of effort to see her enjoying it so much. She had luckily forgot all of the girls that we bought off of KSL.
Then it was on to Grandma and Grandpa Manning's house.
I was so worried about how things would turn out this year. I missed my brother. I worried about him. I wished that he was there for even one small part. But kids help ease all. They were so happy, that I couldn't help but be happy. Christmas 2014 will be a hard one to beat.