Every year I start my Christmas shopping in October, we try to get the decorations and trees up in early November, and pray that we will be on top of things and truly get to enjoy the holidays.
Only sometimes this happens.
This year was the worst for not being on top of things!
So when stressed at the holidays what do I do?
Christmas basically began on Wednesday afternoon for us and didn't end until late Saturday.
Mic put together X's big gift Wednesday afternoon, and then we headed out for dinner and some last minute shopping.
We woke up on Christmas Eve and celebrated with donuts!
This goofball was dancing around to his "own" music.
This is the first time he has ever been to church, so I was a little nervous if he would get chatty, be loud, or just not want to sit still.
I think it was because he was comfortable with it being his school that he did so well!
At one point he whispered to Mic, "these are my people".
Boy does he melt my heart :)
It was truly a great service.
I might have found my new spot :)
We went back to my in-laws house for a bite of dessert before heading home to go to bed.
Christmas morning was finally here!
This next picture is what you get when taking photos in the dark.
Note to self - Turn on the lights before X comes down the stairs next year!
You must watch this video!
How did that kid not see the giant blue truck sitting next to the tree?
After opening a few presents X was done.
I mean, actually started to cry because I wanted him to keep opening.
So what felt like forever (closer to 45 minutes), he finally came back to the room and opened the rest.
Later on X kept saying Christmas was awesome!
Once we ate breakfast it was time to get on with our day.
The boys played with Lego's and goofed around with X's new sled, while I baked another pie.
Of course I had to play a little too.
So I tested out my new big girl camera :)
I have no idea what I am doing, but I can't wait to learn all about it!
This is one of his favorite things to do at my dad's house!
To be honest, it was one of my brother's and my favorite things to do as kids as well!
These next few photos were taken with my new camera.
I am heaven!
The color, the clarity, the crispness....you would think I am talking about a diamond! lol!
After lots of good company and good food, we packed up our things and headed back to the country.
X was so tired he was out cold minutes after leaving my mom's house.
While Mic was changing X and putting him to bed, I carried in our things and then stopped to enjoy a moment near the tree.
It rained and rained our whole way home and through the night.
We didn't wake up to a pretty site, but it doesn't come close to the devastation some others faced this Christmas.
We enjoyed lots of food, family, and friends over the last few days.
It was wonderful!