I know that in last year's Christmas post I mentioned how much fun the holiday was since you were more interactive with the world, but I had no idea that this year would trump that by leaps and bounds. I mean, I guess I should have expected it, and I should continue to expect that each and every event as you get older will have a different appeal with different enthusiasms, but alas, I was blown away with how much you understood and how much fun it was.
Like last Christmas, we started the countdown with the chocolate Advent calendar. Every day, you and Daddy would open a new numbered door to reveal a tasty chocolate treat. Daddy, being the smarty pants he is, incorporated number recognition into the task, so not only did you get a sweet, but you also learned, too. You can now recognize a few numbers, but that's not the point of this post; we're discussing the fun stuff we did over the holidays. I also had a countdown chart going with you, but it was adding cotton balls on Santa's beard. I've already posted about that, though.
As Christmas got closer, we continued to do fun and festive things like the annual cookie baking, where you did an entire batch of sprinkling, and you even helped me roll out and cut shapes into the dough! We also drove all over town looking at lights. We made reindeer food to put out in the yard on Christmas Eve, and you helped me wrap a few presents this year, too.
This Christmas was one of memorable gifts for you, too. You got your very first tricycle! You had been asking for one for months, and you were all set to tell Santa that the trike was what you wanted. But then about two weeks before Christmas, you started asking for a "big, red firetruck" instead. Lucky for you, Santa thought you had been an extra good boy this year, so you ended up getting both.
Our holiday was spent having fun with our friends and family, and it was great to be able to do this. We're so lucky to have both sets of you grandparents AND your aunts and uncles and cousins AND great-grandparents close by. It was great to spend this special time of year with them. We went to Grandma and Grandpa Brooks' house for their Christmas Eve party, and then we spent the night at Grandpa and Papa Davis' house, and that's where Santa delivered all of our presents. After opening gifts and having a tasty, traditional lasagne lunch with all of your Davis family relatives, we went back to Grandma and Grandpa Brooks' house to open more gifts and eat even more yummy holiday food. Like I said, even though it was busy, and our car was LOADED DOWN with all of our gifts and treats, we're so blessed to be able to visit all of our family on special days.
So here's a few photos of our Christmas 2011. We're off to a good start for 2012, and I cant wait to see what the year brings for our little family.
Riding your new trike! Santa actually brought this to you on Christmas Eve.
Playing trains with Daddy on Christmas Eve at Grandma and Grandpa Brooks' house.
Opening presents on Christmas morning with Grandma Davis! (See your big, red firetruck in this picture?)
You and cousin Payton running around on Christmas Morning. We got you these cute shirts from my friend, Miss Karen.
Our sweet big boy, Christmas morning 2011.
Daddy and I love you lots and lots!