I am so overwhelmed with all the amazing photos we took on Christmas that I am breaking it into two posts. I just can't catch up from all of it!
Nathan woke up around 7:30 on Christmas morning and after a bottle and some quiet time upstairs we decided to head down to see what Santa brought. The Hamiltons were still asleep but my mom and dad were making coffee and Alex ventured down from the media room to join us so we took advantage of the calm to start Nathan's first Christmas.
He didn't know what to do with all the presents! Santa was too good and brought toys galore for the monkey. It was so fun to watch him go from one to the next and rip into the wrapping paper. Some highlights were an activity table (he's been practicing his standing), an airplane rocker (such a fun surprise from Hattie and Poppy), loads of books (thanks Aunt Kel and Uncle Linc!), and a swing from Aunt Alex (which we've used every day since!).
Once Kelly, Lincoln and Carter emerged from their room, the real celebration began and the boys played a bit while we opened a few presents. Carter got a play kitchen and grill complete with dining table and spent most of the rest of the day whipping up dishes.
We ended up breaking for breakfast before even making a dent in the pile of gifts. Nathan went down for a nap from all the morning excitement and Alex and I prepped the first meal of the day with some help from Dad. This year we tried a new egg casserole recipe along with the traditional blueberry muffins with crumbles on top and mimosas. Yum!
It took us until 2 in the afternoon to lazily finish exchanging gifts. We did picks again this year to try and simplify things. Ryan picked Alex and got her a Kitchenaid Mixer, which I've heard has already been put to good use. I picked Dad and got him new topsiders, a Corkcicle, and framed family photos. Kelly picked me and got me a fleece jacket that I wear all the time along with some stationery and an address stamp. Lincoln picked Ryan and got him some Xbox games and a controller to go with his new toy.
By the time we were done we needed to scramble to shower and get ready for the Trottas and Grammy to come over for the afternoon. Nothing beats a lazy Christmas morning where we can take our time and just enjoy being together! We were so slow that stockings were left to the following day so we could stretch the holiday out even more.