Our holiday was wonderful and exhausting and snowy, and it couldn't have been better. Mostly, I am grateful to have had so many days at home together as a family. And, I am so thankful that we figured out how to do face-time on our iphones so that we could feel a little closer to my brother and his family, who spent the holiday at their home in North Carolina.
On Christmas morning, my mother and step-father and John's mom all come over early for breakfast and present-opening with Thea. It's a tradition we started at Thea's first Christmas three years ago, and one we all enjoy. I love being able to linger at home for a while before we begin our busy day.
The tutu was a big hit.
Thea wore it for most of the day.
We enjoyed a big Christmas lunch at John's mom's house with both of his sisters and their families. With seven adults and six kids, it makes for a very full house. It is so heartwarming for me to see the way that Thea's older cousins are so sweet with her. Her cousin Trevor gave her a little brown bear that hasn't left her side since she recieved it.
We rushed home for a much-needed nap, and then it was off for dinner at my mom's house.
It began snowing in the late afternoon, and made for a magical evening.
We spent the rest of the weekend playing in the snow, sipping hot chocolate, and exploring new treasures. My favorite gifts were from my husband - a 2011 calendar with days marked in each month for him to take off of work to ensure that we have some quality time together. He always comes up with the perfect thing, every single time.
My heart is full. I'm hoping yours feels that way too.