Our Christmas was almost non-stop busy (can you say exhausting?) and some of our traditions had to be tweaked what with us not spending the night with our parents (can you say bittersweet?), but it was just the best celebrating with the people we love most and truly being home for the holidays.
Here's a recap of the first half of our Christmas...
We kicked things off on Tuesday the 23rd with Terrell's side of the fam. Terrell was given the day off (total surprise blessing) so we were able to hang out at home together as a family for the first half of the day and then we went over to my in-laws' house right after naptime and just let the cousins play while the grown-ups helped in the kitchen and caught up. The boys had a ball and we loved the easy, laid back start to our Christmas.
Terrell's mom made us a big delicious Christmas dinner before sending the kiddos to get in their matching pj's... a super fun, super cute cousin tradition. =)
After a mini photo shoot, a story and prayer with Nana, and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus, it was presents time! All the kiddos played Santa Claus and were soo excited. It was so fun to experience it all through their eyes. And I think it's safe to say they were thrilled with their gifts. =)
We had such a fun time celebrating with the "Selph side"! And even though it was sort of crazy to tell everyone goodnight and get in our car to leave at the end of the night, it was also the best thing ever to be able to go home. Talk about stress-free! On the way home I told Terrell I felt so normal. Like this is how most people do Christmas. Yay!!
On Christmas Eve morning we woke up and went back to Terrell's parents' house for their family and friend breakfast. They host this every year for close family friends and it's always so good and such a fun little reunion. Even my family is invited. =) We enjoyed another delicious meal and loved catching up with friends we don't see very often.
Then we made our traditional family pics...
2nd half recap coming soon. =)