First, baby in a ball! Yes, she's happy:
While I am very much aware that there are about 5 billion of these posts on the internetz right now, and that my family's Christmas isn't super special, I still can't help myself. Besides, this is my photo book, so you'll just have to suck it up and suffer through another Christmas post. Unless you click away. That's fine too.
BittyPrincess' birthday is the 22nd, but her party was on the 21st. Our big Christmas/Solstice/Whateverthehell Party was on the 22nd. It was pretty well attended this year.
There's nothing spectacular about the photo that follows. It does, however, look like a stock photo for "party," which I find amusing.
They partied till they dropped:
The parents looked pretty droopy too, but for their sakes I'm not going to post that photo (it was funny though).
I love this nursing photo and don't know why it refuses to rotate:
Final head-count at our party was 29, and the damages were minimal. Excellent.
That night, the baby didn't sleep. NOT COOL Chubble. I know you're growing and all, but nobody needs to eat every half hour.
Babysat on the 23rd.
Went and hung out with ~L~ and family on the 24th, and then came home when Francesco got off work at 5pm to have dinner together, and eat gingerbread houses:
And watch a movie with some Christmas cookies and milk:
We rolled the kids into their beds at around 10pm (normal for us), but then had to wait until 11:30 before we could actually bring out presents and get things set up. So it was 2am before we had all the Santa gifts arranged. And we got the kids (and us) a Wii for Christmas, and needed to hook that up too. And then we almost forgot to eat cookies and drink milk and all of that holiday-feel-good stuff that the kids would totally be ruined if we didn't do.
Chubble didn't sleep again.
Thankfully, the kids didn't get up until 8:30.
Before the kids dug in:
It's like Christmas!
Chubble didn't quite get it.
She kind of reacted like a baby, and kept checking something out for half a second before noticing something else.
Santa brought hot chocolate:
Meanwhile, Chubble was still at it:
She wouldn't rip wrapping paper. She wouldn't eat it either. She loves gift bags, though!
We should totally have taken video of the kids opening the Wii box (we'd hidden the console after we set it up, and made them open our presents last). But alas, we didn't think of it, so you'll just have to take my word for it: they had a totally gratifying running-screaming-jumping-around-the-room reaction.
And after all that craziness ("this is the best Christmas EVER!!!!"), we headed over to Nana's for some more present-exchanging and some lasagna.
We managed to leave by 5:30, which is a much earlier escape than we've managed in years previous, but we were TIRED. Basking the glow of happy post-Christmas kids this morning. And doing laundry.
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