It was great to see how excited Dylan was for Santa to come. We went to a really fun party on Christmas Eve at Joe's cousin's house and got home very late (about 11 pm). I asked Dylan if he wanted to help me put out Santa's cookies and reindeer food and no, he just wanted to go straight to sleep. That was a first!
Santa was up until 4 am putting toys together, Face Booking and getting everything under the tree. He was pooped on Christmas Day. But we charged on.
After a really nice morning of opening gifts and having a hearty breakfast, we went to Jori's house for Christmas with Joe's family. The kids had a blast playing with their cousins. We have one more Christmas party on December 30th at Joe's mom's house. And then Joe and I are hosting our second annual open house on New Year's Day for our neighbors and friends - because I'll use any excuse to drink lots of Champagne!
Lots of holiday fun! It will be sad when it is all over.
Christmas Eve at Cassi & Joe's house (Joe's cousins).
The hosts, Cassi and Joe. Boy, they can throw a fun party!
Me with Joe's cousins and sisters.
Kids playing lots of games.
Dylan kicking Grandpa's butt at Pac Man (yeah, right)
Grandpa has a moment with Carson.
Matthew tries on John Wayne's hat.
Grandpa giving horsey rides. He'll be hurting tomorrow!
10 out of the 13 cousins.
Christmas Day photos
Dylan helped me make and decorate the cookies. I used Alton Brown's sugar cookie recipe and it was really easy and delicious. Maybe because there are 2 sticks of butter in the dough, yikes!
It was Dylan's idea to write the names on the stockings!
The reindeer got carrots and magic reindeer food that Dylan, Matthew and I mixed together.