Christmas 2014

Christmas is wonderful and magical, and even better with kids… but it is also completely exhausting!  We had a great Christmas, and I loved watching the excitement through my children’s eyes.  There is just something really special about teaching your kids about Christmas, and the reason for the season.  For a 3 year old it is fairly hard to grasp everything that happens at Christmas, but Shae definitely understood that it was Jesus’ birthday, and she loved playing with her Fisher Price Nativity scene.  (side note: Just today Shae and August were “pretending to be Mary and Joseph”… it was pretty sweet to see Shae pretending to rock Baby Jesus in her arms!).  August and Emmett were much more clueless, but I know as the years go on the understanding and excitement will multiply.

The week leading up to Christmas was pretty busy, making cookies, reindeer food, spending time with family and friends, and of course some last minute shopping!

Helping Nana bake Christmas cookies
Helping Nana bake Christmas cookies
Bowling with Daddy at Havey Cousins Bowling
Bowling with Daddy at Havey Cousins Bowling
Bowling with Daddy at Havey Cousins Bowling
Bowling with Daddy at Havey Cousins Bowling
Havey Cousin Bowling! Its quite the crew, glad we were able to continue the tradition this year!
Havey Cousin Bowling! Its quite the crew, glad we were able to continue the tradition this year!
E and Aunt Kristen at Bowling
E and Aunt Kristen at Bowling
Out to eat with friends and their adorable kiddos on the Sunday before Christmas
Out to eat with friends and their adorable kiddos on the Sunday before Christmas

Clint didn’t have to work Christmas Eve so we went to the gym in the morning, and this happened:

Clint, August, and Albert Pujols
Clint, August, and Albert Pujols

Yes, thats Albert Pujols… I was shaking for about 30 minutes after this.  I’ve seen him at the gym several times since this though and now I’m feeling a little less star struck- although its still pretty cool to watch him lift weights!

Back to Christmas…. We went to 4pm mass on Christmas Eve, and despite showing up 25 minutes before Mass started we barely got a seat, in the back of the gym (Church was already full), on the bleachers!  It was amazing how many people were at Christmas Mass, but I wish we had been a bit closer so the kids could have been more involved.  Next year we are going super early to get a good seat!

The best "pre-Church" picture I could get...
The best “pre-Church” picture I could get…

After Mass we went to my Moms for Christmas Eve dinner, and my grandparents were there.  Its truly amazing that I still have all 4 of my grandparents living (and all only 10 minutes from us).  Special memories were made watching my Grandpa Havey read Shae Christmas stories.  The kids also opened their Christmas Jammies to wear to bed (first matching thing for Shae and August- pretty hilarious, especially since he wore the 3T and she wore the 2T!)

Grandpa Havey reading to Shae
Grandpa Havey reading to Shae
Picture taking wasn't a whole lot better on Nana's fireplace...
Picture taking wasn’t a whole lot better on Nana’s fireplace…
August and Uncle Willie playing with the train
August and Uncle Willie playing with the train

Christmas morning was pretty exciting, except the fact that E was up every hour the night before… We were all exhausted, and Emmett slept right through presents (which probably wasn’t a bad thing since Santa didn’t bring him much…)

Waiting at the top of the stairs to come down
Waiting at the top of the stairs to come down
We had one very excited little digger man
We had one very excited little digger man
And a very happy little girl too!
And a very happy little girl too!
And E was thrilled (once he woke up) about the pouches that Santa left
And E was thrilled (once he woke up) about the pouches that Santa left

After opening a few presents at home, and enjoying some yummy Monkey bread, we headed back out to my parents house for Mitts Family Christmas.  This is where things get a bit crazy… there were more presents, mimosas, lots of family, and packing to leave town early the next morning- mix that with sleep deprivation and heres the one picture I took the rest of the day…

This boy is in Heaven
This boy is in Heaven

 Bright and early on the 26th we packed the kids (and dog) in the car and drove back to Indiana to celebrate Christmas with the Indiana Gallaghers!  It was a blur of a trip- mainly because of lack of sleep (recurring theme here?!).  Highlights were: I won Monopoly (a huge deal!), I threw a “sort of surprise” party for Clint’s 30th (and we stayed out entirely too late celebrating), and the kids loved every second of time with their Gigi, Pops and Aunts.  The whole drive home Shae kept saying “but I don’t want to go back to Kansas, I want to stay in Indiana!”… Sorry sister, back to Kansas we go! And back to routines, please!

Sleepy boys on the drive to Indiana
Sleepy boys on the drive to Indiana

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Signing the monopoly board!  (side note: I won in 2011 when Shae was born, Clint won in 2013 when August was born, and I won  again in 2014 when Emmett was born... looks like we won't be winning again for years to come!)
Signing the monopoly board! (side note: I won in 2011 when Shae was born, Clint won in 2013 when August was born, and I won again in 2014 when Emmett was born… looks like we won’t be winning again for years to come!)

After all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays I am really welcoming the routine of this Monday at home.  Now we are just anxiously awaiting Spring- it can’t come soon enough for this Mama!

Augusts excitement when we got home from Indiana and he was reunited with his beloved digger
Augusts excitement when we got home from Indiana and he was reunited with his beloved digger
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