Our Christmas got off to a bit of a rough start. On Saturday, I came down with the worst cold and proceeded to lose my voice and cough until my throat felt like it was going to fall out for 4 straight days! I got sick the night before our family began arriving, which made for a rough time doing final housework. Thankfully my wife is a trooper and picked up my slack.
We always begin our Christmas Eve at my great grandparents home and this year our visit was extra special. My grandma is 95 years old and my grandpa is 93. Because of their age they both decided that this would be the last year they would host Christmas Eve and it was Gracie’s first holiday there. This made our evening very bittersweet. Grace fell asleep during the 45-minute drive over and woke up grumpier than ever. Her grumpiness carried into the evening and she was not at all happy about it (and neither were her mamas). She refused to smile for most pictures, fussed a whole lot and didn’t want to be held. Thankfully, she was over it by the time we arrived at Georgia’s parent’s house later in the evening.
To say that Grace was spoiled by her grandparents would be an understatement. She loved her presents but especially LOVED the wrapping paper. Now, because I’m a photo junkie and I took something like 200 pictures, it’s just easier to tell the story of Gracie’s first Christmas using photos. So, without further ado, may I present our 2012 Holiday photomontage!
G’s family exchanges gifts on Christmas Eve, which meant that baby girl had two days of wrapping paper fun. One of the gifts that brought even Georgia to tears came from Gracie’s uncles. They gave her the Hallmark recordable storybook, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Dean and Chris took turns narrating the story so that Gracie can hear their voices anytime she wants even though they live so far away, tear. Baby girl got a ton of fun toys but I think the gigantic Hello Kitty she got from grandma and grandpa may have been her favorite.
On Christmas morning, Grace gave her moms the gift of sleeping in until almost 9am. It was marvelous! Me and G decided a few weeks ago that we would keep our gifts to Grace minimal knowing full well that she would get more than enough stuff from family and friends. Growing up, my siblings and I always received one big gift from Santa that was not wrapped and this is a tradition we wanted to continue with Grace. About a month ago, G came across a coupon discounting a convertible wagon so that ended up being her gift from Santa. She also got some puzzles, books and blocks from us.
After opening our gifts we headed over to my mom’s house in our pajamas for her annual Christmas morning brunch. On Christmas Eve, we gave our niece Mia pajamas that matched the ones Grace wore and the two of them looked adorable together! My brother and sister-in-law gave baby girl the most heartfelt gift imaginable, which once again made me cry. They named a star that was discovered on her birthday after her through the International Star Registry. As a part of the gift, she received a plaque with the star’s new name, a map with the coordinates for finding the star and information on the star registry. How cool is that?!
The rest of our day was spent eating, visiting, opening more presents and enjoying each other’s company. Even with a cold, this was the best Christmas I’ve ever experienced and I imagine they will just keep getting better. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well and from my family to yours – Happy New Year!