Monday, December 30, 2013

P&C's First Christmas

Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. The smells, the joy, the excitement, the anticipation, beautiful decorations, yummy food at every turn...and most importantly, the celebration of the Birth of Christ. While it's always special, sharing this season with Parker and Caroline took it to a whole new level.

It was such a joy to celebrate their first Christmas. While they are still really little and don't understand just yet, it was fun to share their first experiences of twinkle lights, Christmas trees, opening packages, candlelight Christmas eve service at church, and even their first taste of peppermint bark. And I got a few photos to document it all. ;)



They are such buddies and I love it.










From the tree in their bedroom to their stockings above the mantle, I just loved seeing their items around the house. 



Christmas Eve my two elves helped me wrap the last few packages and load them up for our Christmas celebration with my family. (They're looking to their right in every photo because Dave was standing over my shoulder making them laugh. We need to work on that! haha)



Our tradition is Christmas Eve candlelight service at church with my family, dinner, games and gifts. 

My Papa passed away last year and in honor of his 80th birthday (which was days before Christmas) my family gifted this Nativity set to our church's children's department. We took P&C to see it on Christmas Eve and it was such a joy to see them! Caroline loved touching Baby Jesus and Parker just smiled looking around. I can't wait until they fully understand the magnitude of that baby born the first Christmas night!






When we got home from church we had Christmas dinner and it was beyond bedtime for the littles. They opened a few of their gifts and then it was bedtime. 

However, I have one little chikadee that suffers from an extreme case of FOMO. (Fear of missing out!) She basically has radar when people are around and fun is being had. So, in an effort to not miss a single thing, she rallied. Girlfriend went strong until 11pm and loved every minute of being a "single child" and being showered with attention.





Santa came when we got home and I couldn't wait to see their reaction to their Taxis!


Christmas morning was so much fun. So many smiles and so much joy!




I know two somebodies who are ready for their first trip to NYC!


Cheesy, maybe, but these are certainly the most precious gifts I received this year. 







 


After "Santa" at our house, we stopped by my parent's for the babies to open their stockings and they got adorable tiny chairs.

We then headed Southbound 35 to Dave's parent's house.







I know I've said it before but I just can't believe I get to be their mom. I am so thankful for the opportunity to experience "firsts" with them and to celebrate holidays in a new way. God has been so good to us and I can't help but praise Him for these 2 precious, crazy, busy, silly and scrumptious babies. 

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, and I wish you a wonderful new year! 

3 comments:

Lauren said...

they are both too precious! and I love how they are both developing their own little looks as they get older!

all of their Christmas outfits are adorable!

Emily Gentry said...

It looks like a wonderful first Christmas! They are both so precious! Anything with one of my children's foot or hand prints on it officially becomes my favorite thing ever. :)

Happy New Year to you!

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