We had such a fabulously blessed Christmas this year with both sides of our family. Declan's at an age that everything is so new and fun. It was a joy to see things through his eyes.
Monster cookies with Nana & Papa:
Christmas Eve dinner with my side of the family:
Traditional gumbo feast:
We went to our church's Christmas Eve service and it was wonderful! Unfortunately, we didn't get a good pic. I started a tradition of dressing him in a Chaps vest and dress shirt and this year was no different. I'm glad I snapped a pic of him in his outfit when we were doing our family Christmas cards:
There was lots of gaming this year. Cousins got a Nintendo.DS and Declan loved watching them play:
We left my parents and went to look at lights:
Christmas Morning we busted out our new jammies (our tradition) and celebrated as our family of 3:
We got Decs a Mickey Thingamajig (which sings obnoxiously) that he thought was
pretty darn funny:
But, without a doubt, his Mariocart Kinex was (and continues to be)
a huge hit:
Christmas Evening we hosted a chili dinner and game night with both sets of
parents and some of the cousins:
Super Mario 3! (See the theme?...Decs is obsessed):
Tuesday night we headed over to Mark's parents to celebrate Christmas
with the other side of the fam.
We started an annual bear pic years ago and last year Declan screamed and ruined it. This year, the other two cousins wanted nothing to do with it and Decs was waiting patiently. Ha!
A little distraction while the adults opened gifts:
Annual family pic:
This is a more typical pic of us:
Crashing after a long night: