Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Monday, December 26, 2016


I love the whole Christmas season.  I love the music and the decorations and the shopping and the giving.  I love teaching my children about the true reason for the season, and I love seeing them embrace the spirit of giving.  We've had a full and fun week-end of Christmas fun, and now I have a chance to sit back, relax, and remember how another Christmas filled my heart.

We started our celebrating with Zach's family on Christmas Eve.

Our own little Christmas miracle--a successful timer picture!!

The kids had so much fun playing together that they weren't even asking to open gifts.  I love that spending time with their cousins is such a treat for them.

The book-end boys...biggest and littlest.

I think it's so sweet and generous that the cousins want to give gifts to each other.   Olivia got Adelie this crown and wand set, which caused a little minor distress because Staley had gotten Adelie the exact same thing for Christmas.  Luckily, Staley had also gotten Adelie something else, so Staley just gave her crown to Caroline the next day.

Staley got an American Girl Doll (Grace) from Uma and Papa.  This was the very top thing on her Christmas list, so she was so excited!

After a full day of fun with cousins, we rounded out our Christmas Eve with the Festival of Lights, dinner out, reading the Christmas story, and putting 3 exhausted kids to bed.

The girls got up first on Christmas morning.  Since Briggs was still sleeping, we read the Christmas story and then read other books in bed until Briggs woke up.  It was so fun just snuggling, relaxing, and enjoying family time before heading downstairs to open gifts.

Stockings are always a highlight.  I guess there is just something fun about new underwear, chapstick, toothbrushes, and lotion.  Briggs got 2 little bath tub cars in his stocking, and he would have been happy not even opening anything else.

However, he seemed pretty excited about his new bulldozer and dump truck too.

The kids got a new dollhouse, which has been a hit with all 3 of them.  Adelie's mermaids can be seen sleeping in the upstairs bedroom, but it's not uncommon to see Briggs' Paw Patrol characters riding their vehicles through the house as well.  (The girls have been playing with it for the past 2 hours straight!)

The easel was the other big gift that the kids got.  Staley spent a lot of time creating with the easel and her new art set on Christmas morning.

After a fun morning of opening gifts, playing, and eating cinnamon rolls and pastry puffins, we headed over for Christmas with my family.

Two successful extended family timer pictures??  Magic was truly in the air.

There was more cousin fun.  Staley made this little stuffed animal for Liam.  It was so fun to see my girl with her generous heart get SO excited about buying, making, wrapping, and giving gifts to her cousins, grandparents, and family.  She was giddy about it and wanted to give her gifts before even getting any.  I love seeing her big heart!

Aunt Melissa made the girls these super-cute mermaid tail blankets, which was the top thing on Adelie's Christmas list this year.

Caroline seemed very enthused about her crown and wand set that Staley gave her, so it all worked out.

And we all took turns snuggling with sweet baby Lucy!!

It was another blessed Christmas!!

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