December 23 (Fondly referred to as "Christmas Eve Eve.")
We went to my Uncle Philip and Aunt Judy's house for a traditional Christmas meal and to open presents. These people were in attendance: Grandpa Crosby, Grandma Crosby, Elizabeth, Uncle Philip, Aunt Judy, Casandra, Philip, Marianne, Dad, Mom, Michael, Edie, Justin, Matthew, Andrew, Benjamin, and me.
We were at the kiddie table. My mom was sitting there with us but wimped out b/c we were right by the fire place.
I really just posted this one to show you how blurry it is. My camera was dying. Most of the better shots on the first two days of Christmas were taken with my mom's camera. She just learned how to email pictures, so I have been enjoying adding them to my files. Especially when Justin gets ahold of the camera...
My precious baby, who turned eight months old on Christmas Eve.
Look what Andrew got from my grandparents! A police motorcycle. He didn't quite know what to think. Even still, at home, he tends to just scoot around because pushing the pedal "is kind of scary."
December 24--Christmas Eve
We opened presents at my parents' house in the evening after my dad got off work. Well, my boys opened their presents and then went to bed. That left just us silly adults: Dad, Mom, Michael, Edie, Justin, Matthew, and me.
Benjamin only really stands up like this for a few seconds, and always with assistance. Matthew likes to live dangerously. Stay tuned...
Curious George got a big smooch right before bed.
He isn't quite sure how to do this either, but at least it's not scary.
My parents' tree has very few ornaments on it. Mom never really got around to it.
Some things are just too funny. And shouldn't be said if someone is drinking coffee. Don't ask. You had to be there.
Matthew was stylin' and profilin' in his new running clothes. All he needs now is a ski mask and he's ready to rob a bank.
Justin loved his gift.
I didn't take a picture of it, but I got a new digital camera for Christmas!! YAY! It is a Sony (my fave) and it's red. I. Love. It.
December 25--Christmas Day
We opened presents at our own house and then went over to mom's to put the boys down for their naps. Then we all opened our stockings from Mom and Dad. (Dad had to work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so we kind of had to do things in the afternoons.) Edie's kids (Abbie, Ashlyn, and Davis) got there at about 4:00 and enjoyed opening their presents, too!
The tree at our house on Christmas morning
Andrew's kitchen that Santa brought. Well, actually Edie brought it b/c it used to be Ashlyn's. They had to make room for baby Jack's furniture.
You know you're opening Christmas presents with a baby when you have to stop and clean up spit-up.
Benjamin enjoyed all the commotion but was up at 6:30 that morning, so he was ready for a nap by 9:00.
Andrew got some new number and ABC flashcards. He loved them and wanted to play with them immediately. What a nerd. :)
My Aunt Kathy sent these in the summer and I saved them for Christmas.
Andrew enjoyed helping Benjamin open his presents.
Andrew had to pause during the gifts to take care of some business.
Here we are over at Mom's house. Notice my Christmas get-up includes no makeup and wet hair. :)
Matthew took a quick snooze in front of the TV.
Benjamin and Aunt Eunice
Uncle Michael trying to show Andrew how to ride his bike.
Elmo bath bubbles!
I am married to a daredevil. Matthew said, "I'm going to let go of him really quickly and make it look like he's standing." So I snapped the picture right before Benjamin fell. Thankfully, he just fell backwards into Matthew's hands. But still.