We had a wonderful Christmas. It's always fun decorating, listening to Christmas music, exchanging gifts, eating good food, and celebrating the birth of Jesus, but today it felt so good getting all of the decorations put away and getting the house back in order. Tanner protested as we were taking the decorations down, but he eventually got over it. Each year Christmas gets more and more fun for him. This was the first year that he really got excited about Santa Claus. I used to make a long list of things I wanted, but now getting to see Tanner get excited is what I love the most.
We celebrated several different times, so I'll go back and start in order. The Friday night a week before Christmas (the 16th) we celebrated with Papaw and Mamaw in Carthage. Tanner had a great time playing with all of his cousins, and Emory Hart enjoyed being held all evening.
Tanner opening his card with Kourtney's help
Group picture with Papaw and the grandkids (minus Will)- they weren't quite ready for this pic!
Now they are ready!
The next Friday (the 23rd) we celebrated with Nene and Papa in McCool. The kiddos had a blast playing as usual. After we had dinner and opened presents all of the cousins came over for fireworks. I didn't get any pics, but the older kids had a lot of fun.
Holding Emory Hart with Tanner and Ally Katherine
Tanner really got excited about opening presents this year!
Daddy always helps him put his new toys together.
Emory Hart was being a bit needy that day. She fussed a lot and wanted to be held constantly. I think she is getting spoiled. She cries as soon as we put her down, and when we pick her up she is completely content and sound asleep again. I guess Uncle Wade thought it would be funny to show us that he knows all when it comes to babies. He had some new tricks for us to try to calm her, and she loved them. She spent a lot of the night with him like this...
Saturday night we went to our church's Christmas Eve service, which is always a treat. Honey, Otto, and Monnie met us there. Tanner decided to sit with Honey and Monnie during the service. About half way through we all heard a big thump, and when we looked down Tanner was sound asleep between them. His head had fallen back against the pew, and he was out.
Ready for church. We wanted a group picture, but didn't have any one to take it.
After church we headed over to Honey and Otto's for Christmas with them. Monnie was in town for the night, and we were all happy to get to spend time with her. We had a great dinner and then Tanner got to open more presents.
Tanner and Monnie reading his new book.
Tanner and Otto of course had to wrestle. I believe they were doing the "scissor cut" here...
and the "banana squish hold" here...
Emory Hart had fun watching them with Daddy.
Tanner opening his big batman toy. He said "I always wanted this!"
Emory Hart and Daddy watching Tanner play with his batman.
Tanner and Honey reading one of his new books.
Our child naturally slept until 10:00 Christmas morning, and we had to wake him up then! It was nice for us since we had been up late the night before waiting on Santa Claus.
Checking out his new scooter
He finally saw his big present in the back yard after we gave him a few hints!
Looking in his stocking
Sweet Emory Hart did this while we opened our presents to each other. Can't wait until next year when she can be in on the excitement, too!
That afternoon we went over to Mine's house to have one last Christmas celebration. Tanner had a great time playing with Oliver and Lauren and enjoyed opening more presents. Mine loved holding Emory Hart and getting to give her a bottle.
Emory Hart and Mine
Tanner playing with Oliver and Lauren's new toy