Christmas in downtown Holland
We had a chance to take some pictures downtown after meeting with Santa, even though it was bitterly cold and windy on this day. No coats on our kids, though – that would ruin the pictures, wouldn’t it?
A few random pictures from the time right before Christmas:
Leah’s first Christmas present
We gave Lele her first ever Christmas present around dinner time on Christmas Eve. With two sick kids, we stayed home by ourselves for the first time ever – so we got to make up the rules about who could open what and when they could open it. She did a pretty good job opening the present, and unlike most kids, she was not only interested in the box or the paper.
The girls got to stay up late watching the movie in their new matching pajamas. Aly put out five (!) brownies for Santa with a glass of milk before finally heading up to bed. Our resident photographer elf had a chance to take a few ornament shots before turning in himself.
Aly woke up very early and not feeling very well, so after opening a bit of her stocking, she retired to the couch to watch Misfits again. After that 90-minute break, we were back to opening presents again.
Overall, we really liked having Christmas just to ourselves, and at our own house. It’s completely selfish, and we missed seeing our family and extended family, but it was really nice to let the kids drive the pace all day long. There was hardly a tantrum in sight all day long.
Is that even a word? Since we missed out on seeing some family by staying home at Christmas this year, we had two other celebrations later in the week at our house with extended family. These pictures are from the few days between.
Christmas with Goudies
Grandma Jan and Grandpa Bill were kind enough to come over and join us for a couple days to celebrate with the girls. I say “with the girls” because I barely saw them on Friday, as I was throwing up/passed out/sleeping on the hardwood floor almost the entire day. Lovely.
Christmas with the Vogels (and Roscheks)
Getting tired of scrolling yet? I’m testing your scroll wheel endurance. On New Year’s day, we got a chance to celebrate with the rest of the Vogel clan.