. . . for Lauren and Lauren: Better and better

December 29, 2015

Better and better

I'm pretty sure that holidays just keep getting better and better.  The older Addilyn gets, the more Christmases I spend with Chris, they just seem to get sweeter and sweeter.  We had such a great Christmas and few days together and I am so thankful for our family.  Both of our extended families, and our own family of soon to be four.  God is so good and we are so thankful for all He's given us. 

 The Christmas Eve service is my favorite and the candle lightening is by far my favorite part.  A reminder of the light that Jesus brought to Earth, and celebrating that with the people I love the most. I can't help but get teary eyed every year.  I remember sitting in this service before we were pregnant with Addilyn, dreaming of the day I'd be a mom during this time of year.  How special to be there with our two year old and baby boy kicking away in my belly.

(Her face matches that game behind her)

After church we go to my parents and eat dinner together and then the kids open presents first.  It's worked out so nicely that my family has always done Christmas Eve and Chris' on Christmas day, so we don't have to split that part up! 

Addi got some fun presents from my family: monster slippers (that she asked for since we saw them at Target, stamps, an Elsa doll and a kid's worship cd).  

Christmas morning our plans changed some and we ended up staying home and not going to Chris' parents until much later in the day.  It ended up being so nice.  Addi slept till 7:45 which has never happened, we had a super slow morning together, and she was so much fun watching open presents. Since she was little she's had this cutest little giggle that she'd do when she was excited and she would do it before every present.  

She asked Santa for a baby doll so we made sure to get that one!  She also had been talking about needing the songs from Frozen so that I can learn them and sing them to her.  We've already listened to it many times in the car.  It is so fun that she can remember what she asked for and got so excited. Also so nice that she is easy to impress.  We only got her a handful of presents and they were mostly little things.  But she loved all of them.

Even the toothpaste and toothbrush in her stocking.  And this is the face she made when she opened the underwear:

Now let's hope she stays that excited when wearing them!  Cutest little sweater dress and face from the Sunday before Christmas:

And the sweetest gift I get this year.  This little boy coming in 9 weeks!

And because I can never pass up a chance for a comparison picture, I realized Christmas Eve morning Addi was wearing the same pjs she was a year ago (thank you Time Hop) so I tried to make her recreate her excited face.  Close enough.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family. I may have cried on Sunday when it was all over and I knew Chris was going back to work on Monday.  Thank goodness this is a short week for him and we get another long weekend together! 

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Carol Hines said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I love those pictures!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I agree, Christmases do keep getting better and better. I can't wait for next year (for both of us)!

PolkaDottyPlace said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

So sweet!! The holidays definitely get better and better with little ones. Can't believe you're in the home stretch with just 9 weeks to go. I had a bit of a panic moment when I realized I've only 14ish weeks left. It's going to be an exciting 2016 :)

Courtney@PancakesandSparkles said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I am so glad you had a great Christmas. I love Christmas Eve service in church, the candles and the singing of silent night is always a highlight for me! Christmas is always significantly better with children. Can't believe you only have 9 weeks left, its gone so quick.

Lindsay Erin said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

OMG so cute!

Ashley said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Such a cutie! I agree Christmas is much more fun as a parent haha!! Much more work, but so much more fun!! Glad you guys had a great Christmas!!