Happy Holidays!

We won a free photo shoot at Target, so we took Jaxson to get professional pictures done. Our photographer wasn’t so great, so it took forever to get any decent pictures. Jaxson, overall, did a great job for his first time having pictures done, but of course was a typical two year old and just wanted to play with all the props instead. 🙂 I’m glad we didn’t have to pay for the pictures, but we got a few really great ones so it was worth it in the end.

We are celebrating Christmas Eve at my parents’ house tonight, then we will do our Christmas at home in the morning and go to J’s parents’ house for Christmas in the afternoon. It will be a busy time, as always, but I’m looking forward to watching Jax enjoying it all! It is exciting this year because he “gets it” now that he’s a little older, and he’s been honing his gift-unwrapping skills.

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!

holiday card 2015




Jaxson’s First Christmas

First off, Merry Christmas everyone! I hope that your day was lovely and full of happiness and good food. Oh and a gift or two of course.

Our Christmas celebrations started on Sunday before Christmas when we went to Nana and Papa’s house, since they would be out of town for Christmas day itself.  We showed him how to start tearing the wrapping paper so he could open his first gift. He would very precisely grab a piece of the wrapping paper between thumb and forefinger and carefully pull it off, then discard it on the floor, and return back to the gift to do it all again. After that, he took off with gift-opening like he was a pro, even grabbing for the next gift in his pile once he was done with that one! It’s amazing how quickly he caught on, and I was surprised (and happy) that he was old enough to “get it”. 🙂 Jaxson got some clothes, a bouncing Tigger toy (which he loves), and a bunch of books (also a big hit!) and also a keepsake ornament from Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa. We had dinner together, too and Jaxson tried some lettuce from my salad (he was like WTF is this!) and some prime rib – YUM!

At our house, we kicked off our Christmas Eve fun with breakfast for dinner. J made eggs and bacon and I whipped up some cinnamon sugar pancakes that smelled heavenly. Jaxson ate with us and loved the pancakes and bacon (no eggs for him just yet!) especially once syrup was added to the mix. Although we don’t have any holiday traditions (yet), we decided that Christmas Eve breakfast for dinner will be making an appearance each year forward. Afterwards, we let Jax open one gift from under the tree, and he got two mini plastic Elmo books he can take in the bath. This kid loves books!

The next morning, Jaxson’s Christmas gift to us mommies was getting to sleep in until 8! YAY! When he woke up, we went and grabbed him and brought him back to our bed for family snuggle time, which we all loved. Finally he was ready for his breakfast, so he ate, and then we went and sat by the tree so he could open his gifts. We got him a pack of big piece puzzles, a Duplo block set, a pirate ship toy, and a mini basketball hoop – all of which he loved and wanted to play with instead of opening the next gift in line. Santa (in this case, J’s cousin Betti) gave him a puppy toy that sings songs and teaches you body parts (it giggles when you touch its tummy) and a walker/activity toy which he LOVED because he could finally walk around like he wants. He did pretty good with it too, making it all the way across the living room on his own before he fell over. I have a feeling he’ll be walking on his own soon once he gets some practice in!

After all the gift-opening fun of the morning, Jaxson took a nap and when he woke up it was time to go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for lunch. Jax had a huge pile of gifts in front of their tree! Grandpa helped him open each one and he got tons of toys: a pull-along turtle (he loves the string) from Aunt Panda (my sister), a workbench with tools, some books, a musical instrument set, an interactive book toy, and a hooded monster towel from Great Aunt Lee. We had to make three trips to the car just to get it all in! We got a couple keepsake Jaxson gifts too, a silver spoon ornament and an ornament with his name and birth info on it. After presents we had great food, and Jaxson ate turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, bread, and even tried some cranberry relish – he seemed to like it but wasn’t sure of the texture/tartness so he would keep making funny “ew” faces followed by his “yum” sound. Mommies don’t like to eat cranberry relish, so Grandpa shared his with Jaxson.

Jax made out like a bandit at his first Christmases and he is one very lucky, very loved little man. He seemed to have a good time, opening gifts and eating “real” food and playing with everyone, and by the time we left to go home from Grandma and Grandpa’s yesterday, he was falling asleep in the car.

I hope everyone out there had a wonderful holiday also, and from our family to yours: