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Christmas Highlights 2018

And just like that, Christmas has come and gone again. And all too quickly, if you ask me. I feel this way every single year – it flashes by in the blink of an eye. Christmas for our family this year was extra special because it was full of lots of ‘firsts’. We celebrated B’s first Christmas, A’s first Christmas with a sibling, A got her first bike, B got to open his first stocking (and well everything really was a first for him!), and it was our first Christmas as a family of FOUR. But, magical, completely magical, is the best way to describe it. Seeing Christmas through A’s eyes is something that has yet to get old and this year was the best yet. We took a video of her coming upstairs to see what Santa brought her and I will forever cherish it. It has me teary eyed thinking about it. Am I really old enough to have this precious, precious daughter who is now completely captivated by all things Santa?

Leading up to Christmas Day, we did our favorite family tradition – dropping cinnamon rolls off for our local firefighters, policemen, and nurses on Christmas Eve. It’s the second year we’ve done it, and A had a blast. We were able to tour the fire station, and it was so much fun. They took us all around, showed us each truck and ambulance, the fire pole (my request!), their new puppy (Smokey!), where they sleep, and even gave A a pink fire hat. I think we were there for like an hour, and the firemen were all so friendly and seemed to really enjoy showing it off. We sure are thankful for first responders like them who have a passion for their job. Oh, and B came down with his first double ear infection on Christmas Eve – so that added to the day’s excitement.

Christmas night, we went to my SIL’s house for tamales, tacos, and yummy desserts. The kids played, and A got to jump on their new trampoline! I’m convinced there’s nothing funnier than an uncoordinated toddler bouncing around on a trampoline.

Before I share a quick photo dump (which you’ve probably already seen on Instagram) I want to share this quick thought that’s been on my heart. I’m not sure if it’s because I now have a son of my own, but something about this Christmas season has had me thinking, and praying hard, about how thankful I am for Jesus, and Mary, and what a journey that must have been as His mother. I’ve thought about it before, of course, but this year I’ve been extra mindful of the birth of our Savior. Can you imagine, becoming pregnant with your son, then being told He’s going to save the world and be a sacrifice for all of mankind? I just can’t even fathom. It’s beyond my wildest thoughts to be able to fully comprehend. Jesus was a baby boy, just like my sweet baby boy. And Mary was a new mom, just like all of us. Wow.

Here are a few of my favorite quick snaps from our Christmas. I think it’s safe to say it was a memorable one! Last year I didn’t share many because I like to keep some of the more personal ones private for our own memories, but this year I just loved having both babies in jammies and it was too special not to share a glimpse.

The cinnamon rolls we make every year are Pioneer Woman’s and they are deeeeelicious.

New Christmas Eve lunch tradition: nachos!

We set out our milk and cookies for Santa. We were going to make fun sugar cookies, but mama ran out of time. I’ve been told Santa likes oatmeal chocolate cookies though.

IS THERE ANYTHING CUTER?! She is the cutest little thing. Pure joy.

Being Santa is so much fun, and brings back so many childhood memories. It’s so fun to think now about what my own parents must have felt like every Christmas Eve. This year, we didn’t go too overboard because hello, we just had a baby. But we stuck to getting each kid one ‘big’ gift and then some fun smaller items. A got a bike, and B got a rocking horse.

Christmas morning babies! A was SO excited to take a picture with baby brother. I’m absolutely loving the fact that SHE is loving him!

The only time you’ll ever be as big as your stocking, my sweet boy.

Family self timer iPhone pic for the win. Even Truckee got in there on her new bed.

I’ve had a few people ask me how the balance bike is going and it is going, but slowly. It’s such a foreign concept for her but she’s been practicing inside so I know she’ll catch on outside in no time! What a special memory it was watching her Daddy help her ride her very first bike.

And Santa brother snoozed.

My favorite gift and the only thing I wanted for Christmas – a Made By Mary necklace. This is the Mama + Co necklace, and the bar says ‘Mama’ with two discs, one A and one B.

And that’s a wrap! We’re celebrating Christmas #3 this weekend with my parents, and then after that it’s all comin’ down! I used to be the ‘keeps Christmas decor up until February’ person but now I can hardly stand for it to stay up much longer than Jan 1. What about you?

How was your Christmas? Did you receive a special gift? What did you get your kids that was memorable?

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