a midwest christmas for a texas girl

I’m quite late with my Christmas post, but for good reason. We had a whirlwind holiday! We packed up our whole house, traveled to IL for 10 days, and promptly moved out and into our new house the day after we returned. I’ve just now gotten internet hooked up and dug myself out of a sea of boxes. It takes a lot longer to unpack and return to normal life when you have a toddler who insists on climbing on everything all day long.

Because we were traveling at Christmas, we gave Harper a few gifts a week early so we wouldn’t have to bring them with us. Her favorite among them was a surprise gift from her daddy – Elmo.

Harper loves Elmo

Harper's favorite gift

Despite the exhaustion and logistics of planning a move during the holidays while simultaneously packing for a trip, we were really glad to get to IL and have some fun family time. We were lucky enough to see both my family and husband’s family all in one trip. We spent the first part of the holiday at my mom’s house and the second part of the holiday at Drew’s mom’s house. And both of Harper’s grandpas traveled in to see us too! Harper really loved having family around when she woke up every morning and was spoiled by her grandparents and aunts and uncles. It made me a bit sad that Harper doesn’t get to spend more time with family who love her, but we’re hoping for lots of visitors to Texas!

Harper got to see and play in snow for the first time! Naturally, she was not a fan. So we didn’t stay outside for long. Just long enough to get some use out of the snowsuit that she won’t ever need again.

First time in the snow

Not a fan of the snow

Harper's first time seeing snow

This holiday was special for another reason – we got to be there for my niece’s first Christmas! Little Avery is getting big and sitting up and smiling so easily now! I mean, you just looked at her and she’d grin up at you instantly!

Christmas 2013

Avery's first Christmas

Avery's first Christmas

I think this little munchkin might have just been teething too! Her first tooth came shortly after!

Avery's first Christmas

Baby's first Christmas

Baby's first Christmas

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Harper with Aunt Lisa

Cousins and besties!

Cousins

Sisters and cousins

Lisa and the girls

Good all year

Good all year

Harper wasn’t a huge fan of the annual santa hat picture.

Christmas 2013

But she was a fan of Uncle Chris!

Harper loves Uncle Chris

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Of course we had to get the girls matching x-mas jammies.

Cousins in matching Christmas jammies

Avery's first Christmas

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Harper with Grandpa

Grandpa and Avery

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

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