A Very Family Christmas

This was not Macy’s first Christmas (last year she was seven months old), but in some ways it felt like her first Christmas because she was more able to interact with the gifts and people around her (and the animals…but I’ll get to that later).

Christmas morning began with a little visit from Santa to my parent’s living room…

Macy was a huge fan of the Winnie-the-Pooh scooter (I picked the one with the most buttons and lights)

My parents got her a rocking horse…which she was scared of for the first few minutes.  After a while, she warmed up to him.

Family photo in front of the Christmas tree

At about 8:40 am, we made our way to Buddy and Grandmommy’s house for breakfast and presents with Jeff’s sister, brother, and their families.

The five cousins – Braeden, Haley, Grace, Avery, and Macy

Present opening begins…

Jeff shows off his Settlers of Catan expansion pack…thanks Wesleys!

For Christmas this year, Dexter and Jennifer (my brother and sister-in-law) gave their kids a…D-O-G!!  Macy was so excited.  They put the puppy in a different room while we opened presents, which made it very difficult to keep Macy in the present-opening room.  She kept saying, “pup-pup!” and then running back to the back room to see her.  We all took turns going back there in between opening gifts.

Opening one present with Daddy…

And back to the puppy!

After breakfast and presents, we made our way over to Uncle Gary and Aunt Mae’s house (Jeanette’s brother and his wife).  After eating lunch, we took family pictures.

Our immediate family

All of us…

There’s no one missing from this picture…thanks to Michael’s ingenuity we put all the cameras on a step-stool on top of a table, set them all with timers, and posed as best we could.  I don’t have a picture of this, but someone suggested it would be a great advertisement for Canon – we had like 5 or 6 Canon cameras all stacked up!

It really is a blessing to spend Christmas with your family.  I think it is something that we took for granted when we lived in the States…but since living overseas I don’t think we ever will.

After lunch and playing a little mini-Settlers game (complete with expansion pack!), we made our way to my parent’s house for dinner and more presents.

Macy opens her pink baseball glove with Papa

Cheese!

All in all, it was a busy but wonderful Christmas.  At the end of the day, it turns out one of Macy’s favorite presents were some Mardi Gras style beads that Grandmommy put in her stocking.  From the dollar store.  She didn’t take them off all day.  Oh, Macy.  🙂

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

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