Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year!

Wow, I am so so sooooooo behind on blogging.  Sorry.  For the last few months I have been planning a (really awesome) wedding, and so all of my free time pretty much went to that.  Well, mostly to making these...


(skirts)

But Abbey and Spencer's wedding is a whole 'nother post!

The wedding was in Chicago, so we drove the 8 or so hours there, then 3 and a half hours to Grand Haven, MI for the reception, and then about 12 hours all the way up through Michigan, over the Mackinac Bridge, across the entire upper peninsula, trough a bit of Wisconsin, back into Michigan and finally to Ironwood!  The kids were troopers, though (especially considering we didn't bring ANY toys since we knew we'd have about a million waiting for them in Ironwood for Christmas), and the weather cooperated.  It was actually a really pretty drive.

Anyways, we pulled into Ironwood late on the night of the 23rd and it was so nice to be at Grandpa's house.  What's not to love, really?  They have lots of space, lots of aunts and uncles ready to play with them, lots of treats, lots of Grandpa time, it's the best.  So our vacation actually pretty much began on the 24th, and we had so much fun just hanging out and getting ready for Christmas.  We got the traditional Walton family rolls all ready to rise overnight for our Christmas feast, made the cherry-berry pies, wrapped a gazillion presents, Ryan got to make sugar cookies with just him and Grandpa, which we all later decorated for Santa...and his elves...

It was so nice to be all together.  I love Christmas!  The kids went to bed around 7 or so, just completely excited for Christmas.  They got to open their new pajamas and wear them to bed.  there's something about all of my little darlings in matching pajamas that I just love!  Anyways, we tucked them in and then the rest of us just got to hang out for a while talking and having fun.  It was lovely.  We didn't even have anything to assemble!  A great Christmas Eve in my book!

Opening the pajamas:


Love these little goofballs:



Decorating cookies:



Leaving cookies and milk for Santa:



The fun started with Sophie bright and early at 4:30.  We warned everyone that with our kids it was going to be an early Christmas morning, but 4:30 is just ridiculous.  But Sophie wouldn't be reasoned with, and since she and Calvin were both sleeping in the attic with us, Calvin of course woke up, too. We kept them up there until 5, when Calvin just couldn't bear to wait any longer.  So we sent them downstairs to wake everybody up!  It's a Moore family tradition that everyone is showered and dressed and looking their best before going downstairs on Christmas morning.  The Walton family way is to come down in our PJs with dishelved hair, etc., which I think is way more fun, but arguably less photogenic.

So everybody got all ready and then we finally came downstairs to check out the stockings and presents.  The kids were duely impressed.  They were thrilled about the stockings and of course the gifts.  This year was the first year I think we didn't have way too many presents to open.  Michael and I tried to scale back on our shopping.  I think it was 2 years ago that we had to force our kids to open their presents and it wasn't very pleasant!  So this year went much better.  Well, Sophie crashed about halfway through and we took her up for a nap, so she finished hers later.  But Calvin and Ryan's presents were just right.  It was so much fun watching them open and get excited about everything.  It was a lovely Christmas morning. 

Getting ready to go downstairs:


 Distributing presents:


Calvin in his shark face:


Happy Michael!


 Carolin with her big boy!


Everybody watching Calvin open his big present from Grandpa--a little tykes car he can ride in!  He LOVES it:


Calvin flying his dragon (Toothless from "How to Train Your Dragon):


Sophie loved Calvin's remote control car:


A happy little Ryan:



After opening all of the presents, we had the Moore family traditional Christmas breakfast of pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream--right up my alley!  The we headed off to church.  The kids were crazy, but who can blame them when they wake up at 4:30!  After church we fed them a quick lunch and sent them off to bed for naps.  Ryan and Sophie slept like babies.  Calvin, on the other hand, was a pretty sneaky little Christmas elf, and found Christy's makeup instead.  This is how he came downstairs about an hour after we laid him down:



Sneaky little guy!  He was sad that he had been naughty and after a little talk, he went right to sleep.  And then so did I!  Whew!  A Christmas nap really does a person some good.  Then we got all the final things ready for our dinner and ate around 6.  It was such a lovely Christmas, and so very nice to spend it with so many people we love!  Hope you all had an equally lovely Christmas!

1 comment:

AnnaMarie said...

Awesome post, Caroline. I love Calvin in that last one. Calvin is what makes (especially other people's) life with kids awesome. Seriously. I love that kid.

Wow does everyone look nice for their present-opening pictures!

And I love the matching jams. And the matching green skirts. I like how they're all eating those darn chocolate eclairs! :)