Christmas mornings are about Baby Jesus and children...and coffee! It's a tradition in our house to all gather in the hallway and sing Happy Birthday Baby Jesus in the most amazing morning voices and we do it without shame. It's a little tradition that some think is goofy or silly, but I love it! It's free, it's unique, it keeps Christ in Christmas and it's our tradition... I am a sucker for traditions and am beyond excited to have babies and carry on and create traditions for my little family to be. Singing Happy Birthday will definitely be carried on!
This year the only child, who really is a teenager and much more mature than I ever was at her age, but will always be my little sister, was quite a joy this year! She has an extremely sweet demeanor, puts thought into Christmas presents and truly appreciates the gifts she receives. I have my children learn these qualities as early in life as my little sister did! She's always had a huge heart! This year she used her own money that she earned from doing yard work for a neighbor to buy Christmas presents for everyone. This isn't a small feat. We have a large family. 2 parents, 5 siblings, 2 brother in laws, 4 nieces & nephews, and 2 pets. Yes, she bought for all of them. Here she is on Christmas morning reading about a present that hadn't arrived yet. She was happy!
This year our little man was with his mom. It wasn't quite the same. Nothing is quite the same, but let me say, THANK GOD FOR SKYPE! Seriously! Skype has saved us this year and this holiday season. While he wasn't with us, we were able to watch him open all his presents from us, see his face, wish him a Merry Christmas and share in the excitement of Christmas morning.
This year we gave him woodland camoflague pants and hat, a mini Nikon camera with wifi that he can fit in his pocket and document his life and hunting expeditions in Iowa, a few CDs, a few books that he is actually reading thanks to some wonderful suggestions from my history loving best friend, an over the door basketball hoop, and I made him a quilt from all of the races we did together! Here's a cellphone picture of the quilt. Yes, my husband is holding it up over his head. The quilt has shirts from races we ran together with fleece trim and fleece backing. Since him and his daddy love to golf together, I used a print that reminded me of golf.
Ryan and Lira were super cute Christmas morning. Him in his ballcap. Her in her Christmas sweater! I love these two.
I got it off craig's list for a great deal because I wasn't 100% sure that Ryan would actually like it. Well, the present was and still is a success! He has taught himself multiple chords thanks to iPad apps and youtube and he can play what actually sounds like music! It's quite impressive! It's super sexy to have a man who can play an instrument! I can't wait until he's actually good and can sing too!! Ahh! I'm melting just thinking about it.
I hope your Christmas was amazing! Happy New Year! May 2014 be amazing!