As promised, here is a recap of our Christmas. It's going to be in mostly photos. Because really, let's be honest. It's the easiest and most practical way to do it. And because Christmas was now two weeks ago, I figured this was the only way it was going to get done.
On Christmas Eve, Jared's family has a huge party. His family is ridiculously huge. His father is one of nine children, which makes for a lot of cousins, which in turn means a lot of little kids. It is so much fun, and one of my favorite traditions. Literally everyone in his family goes. His grandparents are both still alive and in their nineties. They're the ones who started this tradition, and it's so nice to see it has continued. I know how much they enjoy it each year, especially seeing all 25, yes I said TWENTY FIVE of their great grandchildren. At the end of the night, Santa arrives and has a present for all the kids.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from that night. I apologize in advanced, because the lighting is HORRIBLE in the building they have the party.
Afterwards, we went back to our house, where my parents and brother joined us. Since Lincoln was born, they have been spending Christmas Eve at our house, so they can be there Christmas morning with Lincoln.
Christmas day was seriously perfect. I honestly had the best Christmas ever. Last year, my Dad was in Florida and my Mom was visiting with him during Christmas. It definitely wasn't the same. This year, my Dad fully recovered from his transplant, healthy and able to see his grandson on Christmas, it was so amazing. So perfect. I am forever thankful.
Lincoln was totally into Christmas this year, so that made it even more exciting. Here are a few photos from our day.
Lincoln loved all of his gifts, and trust me, he received sooooo many. I think we all went a bit overboard. But no one went more overboard than my brother...
Oh yes. His very own drum set. His favorite gift, by far. Although I promised my brother I'd get him back one day when he has kids of his own, seeing how much fun Lincoln had banging on these drums, was so worth it.
We had a great day with both our families. Jared's parents and his brother and sister in law came to our house, as well. I think the only thing that could have made our day better, was if Jared's brother in Tennessee and our niece and nephew could have been there.
And yes. Lincoln spent the day in his pajamas. I think that's a tradition we should start next year!!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!