Before we headed out to check out the lights, the kids opened their present from James and I which was a new board game and pajamas!
It was the year of matching PJs!!
Before PJ and Christmas lights time, we headed out for some sledding. My goal is that each year we either sled or swim on Christmas Eve as additional insurance for that nice and easy Christmas Eve bedtime! John got to test out his new thermals from Mas and Pas!
And an action shot of Matthew's first big tumble. Next Christmas the kiddos are getting winter helmets from Santa as this icy hill causes mommy heart palpitations!
Prior to Christmas Eve all the stores had already marked down their extra lights so I picked up a strand to play around with for photos. I can't get the lighting right yet, but at least the kids are cute!
John was not amused, but content in Uncle Matt's arms!
To say the universe rewarded Uncle Matt for his awesomeness that day may be an understatement as he was able to procure 2-20 year bottles of Pappy's Whiskey Some people wait for years to get one bottle, and pay far much more for it, which I didn't believe until I read an entire article on the insanity over this one specific distillery. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/pappy-van-winkles-aged-bourbon-cant-keep-pace-with-consumer-demand/2014/10/12/76b49ea6-4e5b-11e4-aa5e-7153e466a02d_story.html. It was truly a stroke of luck that we stopped into the liquor store in the next town over after the craft event instead of before and they were literally unloading a shipment as we pulled in.
More goofing around with Uncle Matt!
And was quite enamored with "baby Jesus". Love this girl!
And that's a wrap on our Christmas adventures. When I went big with Christmas last year I didn't realize once you do something with the kids it becomes a tradition in their mind! I was so thankful for all the friends and family who helped keep our traditions going this season and keep the holiday so magical for the big kids while we were in the midst of newborn chaos!