In true childlike fashion, Ava awoke around 5 to get up for Santa. We kept her at bay until 7:15 and then it was on. :)
Bradley went to see if Santa had been here and then we got into position to take the first pictures. Everything moves so quickly on Christmas day and before we knew it, all the presents were opened and the kids were happily playing.
Christmas Day was a toss up for us. During the weekend they started predicting bad weather for Christmas night. Bradley and I went round and round with what we should do. On the one hand it would be sad not to get to see family on Christmas, but on the other hand, if the weather did get bad, we didn't want to risk being caught out on the road. That morning at 4 our weather radio began alerting about a "blizzard warning." We discussed it and the time it would take to drive and return trip. With the expected timeline for the winter storm, we decided not to risk it.
I know that our decision was not happily accepted by everyone, but in the end, we had to do what we thought was right for our family. For us, it was staying home and not risking getting caught up in a volatile situation.
This is the first Christmas that we stayed completely home (without even a trip to Nana and Pop's). It was just a low-key stay in pajamas day and the kids enjoyed playing with new toys as we eagerly awaited the "blizzard."
And here are the pictures I took on my cell phone on Christmas day. :)
|Loing the Xbox.|
|Harrison is obsessed with his new tractor from Nana and Pop. :)|
|What we were supposed to get. :)|
|Playing with Shrinky Dinks|
|Playing Disney Headbanz|
|Snuggled up watching Once Upon a Christmas|
|I want to always remember this outfit - Toy Story boots, Santa pj bottoms, Animal shirt from Santa, and his John Deere hat.|
|Having a sleepover in their new sleeping bags from Aunt Bethany. Something magical about tree lights.|
|Love that face!|