Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas 2012

This was definitely the best Christmas I've had since I was a kid.

Children provide all the entertainment a person could want at Christmas! And I have to say this may have been the first major holiday/event where having two was better than having one. The ratio of four adults to two children was perfect! Having two tiny ones playing with new toys, discovering new things, and needing attention while the adults were taking turns watching, helping, eating, prepping, and cleaning was just a great dynamic. The house seemed busy but not hectic. There was always a baby to watch, laugh with, assist, comfort but doing so didn't take me away from the other one's needs. It was quite a nice break for us, having the extra set of hands around to help and entertain.

Sam and Rachel were adorable Christmas morning. They weren't sure they were allowed to touch the presents and the ripping didn't seem remotely acceptable even though we encouraged it with a ridiculous amount of cheering, clapping and maniacal grinning. Most of our photos show cautious little faces and tentative little fingers gripping tiny pieces of wrapping paper, while the present itself is totally ignored. But there were a few gems in the mix.

Here is Rachel totally unsure of what she's looking at and if she's allowed to do what she's doing.

 Here is Sam, happy to finally have a present in his hands, although completely unsure of what to do with it.
 The best reaction of the day was when they got to finally touch their stockings, which had been hung up but untouchable for weeks. They had no idea anything was inside them of course. Most of the gift were put under the tree on Christmas eve so the temptation wouldn't be too much.
 Here they are opening a gift together. Sam had the courage to take off the lid but I just love Rachel's face, she looks so skeptical. I can picture a thought bubble, "yep, this is usually the point where we get into trouble."

There was definitely a good mix of gifts for the babes. Some of them were perfect for right now like the wool balls and the push oball and a little radio. Some of them they'll grow into in a few weeks or months time like the foam blocks and cars, the books and pjs. It was a good mix of practical and fun too. There were toys but there were also things that they actually need. 
I'm so grateful for all the family and friends we have in our lives and for our two little miracles. I get asked all the time if we're done having kids. I'm not sure if we are or not but I have to say that right now I feel very fulfilled with exactly what we have.
Thank God!

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