Monday, January 5, 2009

Christmas Morning

Just adding some pictures from Christmas morning. Looking back at these, I remember feeling very excited for the kids, but oh-so TIRED. I am hoping that one Christmas I will wake up and feel relaxed and well-rested. Maybe in 10 years or so? Please, veteran moms, say it's so! Anyhow, the last few Christmases have included pregnancies, nursing babies, toddlers who wake up at night, and/or gearing up to travel for 7 hours in the car on the day after Christmas (again, with said small children, whom I adore but who just do not sleep on car trips, which makes for some LONG trips!)

Okay, enough of my pity party. All that being said, we had a GREAT Christmas. Audrey was SO excited. I think this was the best year for watching her enjoy the whole Christmas season. Carter was oblivious and not into opening presents but nonetheless - once those presents were opened, he was totally into all the toys!

We have kind of made it a tradition over the last few years to "check for footprints" on our fireplace step, and once again, Santa obliged. He also ate up our cookies and milk, and I'm sure his reindeer enjoyed eating the food we left on the roof!

I love this picture, it's one of my favorites from Christmas this year.

Eating our breakfast ...

Getting set to open up presents! Allison, I made it into a few pictures!

Audrey's Lucky Ducks game, which many of you have promised that we will regret owning. Well, so far, I'm not too bothered by it (especially because it is one of the shortest games in the world!!)

Carter loves his little matchbox cars (especially setting them upside down and spinning them ... yes, he's a little strange about spinning things!!!)

Carter got a big ball, which he proceeded to take directly to the steps to throw it down. If you come visit us, watch your step ... there are always an abundance of toys right next to the front door that Carter has thrown down the stairs. He takes great delight in watching everything bounce its way down.

Around noon, we headed to my parents' house for more present opening. We don't have too many pictures of this part of the day since Chad got a new camera and yanked all the batteries out of our old one and got busy playing with his new "toy".

We spent Christmas night at my parents' and then left the next morning to drive to Buffalo, NY to visit Chad's family. I'm sure I'll have more pictures to post from Christmas, Part II with the Smith clan!


Chris Ann Schultz said...

Cute photos once again. We open our gifts on Christmas Eve, then Chantel can sleep in, but she didn't this year. She was too excited about going to my parents house at lunch time. So, no guarantee on sleeping in!
This was the first year she's really seen Santa, on the back of a fire truck. They come right down the street past our house, in Green Lane, it's cool. Chantel was sick when she was 3 and missed it and other years we had breakfast at my parents house, which I still prefer! That changed since my cousin got married and Laura's family has a brunch and they don't stop by until Christmas afternoon!

Allison said...

So glad to see you in the picture!! Yes, let me encourage you, those days of always being tired because of a little diaper clad Smith keeping you up will be waaay behind you before you know it...and you might--just maybe--stop feeling like a pack mule each time you exit your home or vehicle. No promises on that one, though!