Time for a catch-up post!!!!! Ah, thanks for the enthusiasm! LOVE you guys.... Anywhoo, here we go!
Our first Christmas with the babies was an absolutely MAGICAL time. That whole winter and early spring we spent all day everyday feeding them, changing their little patooties, and getting very little sleep. And we NEVER left the house with them, except for doctors appointments and their once a month RSV vaccination (which I am SOOOOOO thankful that they received...). My mom stayed with us until December 17th and then she flew home to be with Dad for Christmas and to actually LIVE there again. :)
Christmas preparations were kept at a minimum since no one really had the energy to do great big things. By some miracle (probably named KaraLee Stephenson!) we decorated a tree and made a few sugar cookies. I was so happy when I picked out and ordered 2 new stockings for our mantel. Looking back, I'm so glad that we spent that first Christmas just snuggled together in our warm home while Noah and the babies just loved on each other.
It was all I wanted for Christmas.
A few highlights...
Here's Peppermint Pipsqueak and Holly Jolly Liam!!!!
Xio reacting to Daddy's winter beard. :)
Noah reacting to the Cookie Boobs... (Go HERE if you don't know what I'm talking about.)
Naps, naps, naps....
Christmas at our home
We printed some new family pictures and Noah helped to make ornaments. They are still some of my favorites and I used them again this last year.
The Babes' first little hand print ornaments
Daddy reading the Christmas story in Luke 2, and Liam sleeping soundly.
Noah's Christmas bum as he helps act out the story with the Little People manger scene, another Smith tradition. :)
A warm bottle while we listen...
Mmmmmmm.... Breakfast casserole.....
Christmas fell on a Sunday in 2011, if you remember, and we decided to take the little ones to church for the first time that day. They didn't go back to church until the end of April after that because of RSV season, but we are glad that we went as a family for Christmas. Then we all came home, ate, and took a NAP...
Again... Just what I wanted.