We had a great Christmas! The kids loved their gifts but most of all we have enjoyed being with family and friends. However, we have missed seeing all those family members who live so far from us and who we couldn't see on Christmas day :( Here are a few pics from Christmas Eve and Christmas day . . .
One of my favorite things about Christmas is the Christmas Eve service at our church. This year we went to the 8:00 p.m. service which meant we didn't get home until almost 10:00 (which is pretty late for us).
The girls, of course, had new Christmas dresses. I thought the girls looked so pretty :) The cardigans, dresses and head bands came from The Children's Place. Adrianna wore her sparkly black flats and Ava, staying true to form, wore her black Converse tennis shoes . . .
My Mom started a Christmas Eve tradition with us when we were little, we got to open one present one Christmas Eve and it was always a new set of pajamas. I have continued that tradition with my girls. Now that I'm thinking about it, my Mom only recently stopped giving me pj's on Christmas Eve. Hey, when did that happen? Mom, I want some jammies next year. Okay?
They wasted no time getting into those jammies . . .
Unbelievably, they slept until 8:30 Christmas morning! I was up waiting for them to wake so I could get pictures of them as they came down the hall and into the living room. I wanted to get their cute little faces as they lit up in excitement as they saw the gifts under the tree. I kept peeking in on them and finally they woke and jumped out of bed. Needless to say I didn't get back to my camera in time to get them coming down the hall . . .
They got books and games and clothes and a whole bunch of other stuff . . .
Ruby, our elf, had left a goodbye note along with candy canes in the tree . . .
They had so much fun going through their stockings . . .
Hair products for Ava (she got her own hair dryer from Santa now maybe she'll want to fix her hair) and they both got some new lip gloss . . .
The sparklest nail polish Santa could find for a little girl who loves glitter and sparkles more than anyone I know . . .
I was excited that they both LOVED the infinity scarfs I made for them. Lot's of squeals from Adrianna . . .
Ava wore hers all morning . . .
They got each other a book . . .
I love this picture of Ava. The girls were so excited to get their own DVD of Little Women . . .
We have watched it several times already . . .
The biggest surprise from us (me and Aaron) were the butterfly wing necklaces. Since I got mine they have been begging for one . . .
Now they finally have have one :)
My Mom got an infinity scarf from me as well, along with some other things . . .
New toaster for Mom and Mark . . .
When it came time to open the gifts from Oma and Opa (my Mom and Mark), they were in for the biggest surprise of all . . .
They got their own laptop! See Ava's face? That's how she sat for the longest time. She was speechless. Literally couldn't say anything for a few minutes . . .
This one? Was all squeals! Look at that face . . .
I wanted to hug that computer, too because it meant I can have mine back! Ava can write her book on her own computer now!
New ornaments, clothes and games from Lala (Aaron's Mom) . . .
This probably has to be my favorite picture of JoAnn aka Lala.
It's a framed picture of the girls. This is one of my favorite pictures of them. I found the idea on pinterest of printing the picture on tissue paper then using mod podge to put it on a canvas and they turned out great! I found these really awesome frames at Hobby Lobby which I thought complimented the picture perfectly.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Wishing you a Happy New Year!!!