Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Celebration

Woo. FINALLY, we are caught up on laundry from the whirlwind month of December. How does traveling do that? We had dirty clothes coming out our ears, and every time we unpacked, it was to wash things and then put them right back in the suitcase. Just a tiny bit sick of seeing that never ending pile.

Probably doesn't help that both kids have decided to grow, especially Meredith. (Midseason, ugh! Don't they know I just switched out the closets!?) Big girl actually wears 24 months or 2T in leggings these days, it's the first time our peanut has been ahead of her size! Makes all that snacking she requires worth it;) 

But lots of travel also means getting to see lots of family! Here's a run down of our three day Christmas. 

First stop was our own living room after a brisk trot around the neighborhood. We originally planned a family walk to look at holiday lights and decorations, but it was freezing and so we only made it around the block. 

These two were just a tiny, little bit excited. 
Yes, that's a broom. Otto specifically requested it. They also got a toy vacuum, which is a huge favorite.

Oh Meri, you are just the cutest thing. She opened her stocking, found four bracelets, and was done. Otto had no problem opening the rest of her presents though, big brothers for the win.

We spent the day with Chris' family on Christmas Eve, and I was a total meanie and made people pose for pictures. 
What really surprised me during our visit was Meredith's comfort with Daniel. She's only met Daniel a few other times, because he isn't stationed nearby, and she had no anxiety about letting him hold her. BIG case of brave for Meri! Normally she even avoids Chris when we are in large group settings. She definitely won a fan in Daniel though, which might have been her plan all along:)
Lisa and her babies!

And then, Christmas Day was spend with my family. Everyone made it!
Again, I was the crazy person dragging everyone out into the yard for a picture. I my haste the kids shoes were forgotten, but whatevs, there where lots of hands to carry them.

Meredith and her Abbey, favorite since the beginning.
Hey look! A Chris and Lydia picture. Never enough of these in the world;)
Israel, generous uncle that he is, got Otto a pellet gun. I know. Otto was thrilled.

They set up a balloon target practice area in the backyard over the pool, and Uncle Israel gave Otto a lesson in gun safety and proper usage. He showed Otto how to aim and popped a few of the balloons before giving Otto his chance.
(Please note posing Meredith, who is five feet behind the barrel, but flat pictures are weird.)
And (not) surprisingly, my genius child totally popped a balloon on his very first try! From 25 feet! Note Uncle Sam's look of shock and awe. The gun is staying with Otto's uncles, but I'm sure he will enjoy practicing with it when we visit.
Merry Christmas everyone!

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