Christmas 2015

We had very warm weather here in Texas on Christmas so we spent Christmas Eve morning outside playing soccer and flying a kite. Harper wanted to fly it all by herself which meant she ran around dragging it on the ground behind her. But after I showed her how to do it and she let me help her get started, she ran with it in the air for a bit.

Christmas Eve outdoors

Trying to fly a kite

Flying a kite

Christmas Eve outdoors

We also did our annual Christmas Eve crafts – we made bead candy canes and painted wooden gift tags. I also tried to get a little Pinterest-y and do a handprint wreath with Harper and a footprint mistletoe with Finn but they turned out horribly, as most of my Pinterest endeavors do.

Christmas crafts

Christmas crafts

Harper was excited to frost and sprinkle some sugar cookies and put them out with milk for Santa (and some carrots on our driveway for the reindeer.)

Santa's cookies and milk

I put them in matching jammies and Daddy read The Night Before Christmas.

Matching jammies

Matching jammies

Christmas morning started at 6am and after feeding the baby and getting Harper a snack in her room and all ready to go, I walked the kids out while Drew shot video from the living room. Harper immediately spotted Finn’s Little Tikes car and then her bike and rocking chair. She was so excited! And because it was so warm, we got to spend some time outside trying out the new toys! It was a very merry Christmas!

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Finn got a car!

Harper got a bike!

Maeby

Finn

Finn in his new car

Finn in his new car

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holiday fun

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas and was particularly excited this year since it was Finn’s first Christmas and our first Christmas as a family of 4. Last year, I was so sick (and pregnant) and it kind of took all the fun out of the holiday. It’s hard to believe in the span of a year, we had a baby and now he’s big enough to sit up and open presents.

We started the holiday season by decorating our tree on Thanksgiving weekend and then I started the myriad of holiday photos of my kids. I just can’t get enough. But they sure had enough. “Ugh! Not another picture, Mom!”

This one of Finn might be my favorite of them all. Bah hum bug!

Finnegan

But he eventually relented and let me snap away. Cheese!

Finnegan

Finnegan

I used these for our Christmas card.

Finn and Harper

Finnegan

Harper

Harper

Harper

Harper and Finn

Harper and Finn

Finnegan

Santa hats

Baby's 1st Christmas

My little elf

We went to a big electric train set display in downtown Round Rock and stopped for a few pictures outside where they had a giant tree and giant ornament.

Giant x-mas tree

Giant x-mas tree

A giant ornament

There was a big stage that Harper kept running over to and doing her happy dance for us.

Dancing on the stage

Electric trains

Electric trains

Electric trains

Our annual santa hat picture!

Santa hats

And this is blurry, but I caught them sitting together under the tree and giggling and thought it was so cute.

Looking at the presents

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

santa baby

We enjoyed Christmas at home with our little santa baby and Drew’s family who flew in to help celebrate Harper’s first Christmas. Maeby enjoyed the company, but Margot hid under our bed the whole time.

Harper with Margot and Maeby

Our Christmas tree

Christmas kitty

Christmas kitty

Harper got to meet her Aunt Kari and Uncle Brett and her Uncle Kyle.

Harper meeting Aunt Kari and Uncle Brett

Harper meeting Aunt Kari

Harper meeting Uncle Kyle

To celebrate turning 3 months old, Harper wore jeans for the first time! Aren’t baby jeans the cutest?

Baby jeans!

Harper and Daddy

Harper and Daddy

We ate quite well when everyone was here – a nice change to the ham sandwiches I’ve been living on. We had brisket and empanadas and then a turkey dinner.

Brisket

Empanadas - after

Wine and BBQ

Harper loved being held by everyone and hanging out. She had lots of presents under the tree and we took turns opening them for her. Lots of books, toys and clothes!

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

On Christmas Eve, we watched Christmas Vacation like we do every year. Drew gave his siblings moose mugs just like they drink from in the movie.

Egg nog in a moose mug

I made sure to get plenty of family pictures while I had people here to take them! (Harper’s face in this one cracks me up.)

Christmas 2012

Maeby

Christmas 2012

Yum egg nog!

Christmas 2012

Thank you to our family for coming to Austin for Christmas, cooking for us and spoiling our little girl! She is lucky to have such a loving family!

Christmas 2012

someone’s ready for santa

She can’t wait for Santa Claus to visit – she’s been a good girl even if just for a quarter of a year!

Harper's ready for Santa

Harper's ready for Santa

Harper's ready for Santa

Harper's ready for Santa

Harper snuggling her daddy

Harper

walking in a winter wonderland

This was our first Christmas since moving to Austin and you’d think we’d have our family come to us since the weather is nicer, but noooooo. We decided to go big for the holidays and visit ALL of our family. That meant 4 Christmases. Yeah, I suppose I can’t complain about that.

I also can’t complain about the snag-free flights and the mild weather we had in both our destinations—Flagstaff and Chicago. We got lucky.

When we decided to spend Christmas in Flagstaff, AZ, I immediately pictured driving through a blizzard to get from Phoenix (where it’s warm) to Flagstaff (in the mountains.) But the weather cooperated and was actually 50 degrees on Christmas day!

A dumping of snow a week or two earlier made for a beautifully idyllic Christmas setting in the mountains amongst the juniper trees.

Christmas 2011

Spending Christmas in Flagstaff with my dad and his wife, my sister and her husband and my brother was so wonderful. We enjoyed a wine tasting, a crackling fire in my dad’s retro wood stove (which is actually a new gas stove made to look old), and a wonderful stroll on Christmas day followed by drinks on the deck (did I mention it was 50 degrees?)

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

After Flagstaff, Drew and I flew straight to Chicago for the rest of our Christmases. We celebrated with Drew’s dad and siblings in Chicago with dinner and breakfast. We were also celebrating Kari (Drew’s sister) and Brett’s last night in Chicago. That week, they were moving to Boulder, CO!

Then we all headed out to visit with Drew’s mom where we played a little Wii and I did my annual photo-stalking of the kitty cats.

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

I got a new lens for my camera for Christmas – the Lensbaby Muse. I was playing around with it to practice and it seems I still need a lot more practice – but it was fun seeing some of the effects!

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Our last stop was to visit with my mom and some of our friends and their husbands and babies. Our friends Jill and Sean just had their baby boy Flynn in early December. Cuuute!

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Stefanie and Adam are expecting their first in March!

Christmas 2011

And Sara and Brady brought their 4-month-old Jameson. He’s getting so big!

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Ummm…I think my friends are trying to tell me something. 🙂

Christmas 2011

oh the weather outside is frightful

And boy did it snow. Another blizzard hit us at Christmas this year, but thankfully it didn’t affect my sister’s flight from NY (see last year’s post).

We headed to Winnebago for our usual Christmas festivities, including our annual Seafood Extravaganza. Played a little Wii. Watched a few movies. Ate a lot. Drudged through the snow.

Drew and I also visited his family in Rockton and had fun watching the two kittehs go at it. Here are a few shots from the holiday.

See the rest of my pictures from Christmas

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “Let It Snow” (a Christmas classic)