Sunday, January 5, 2014

Christmas 2013

Our first Christmas as a family of four has come and gone. As usual, we started at my parents-in-law house. Christmas is celebrated in Germany on the 24th; so we spend that day with German family. Then on the 25th we have American Christmas with our family.

German Christmas
We headed over to my husband's family's house at some point in the afternoon. There we shared a wonderful, multi-course meal. Afterwards we posed for pictures and opened gifts.

Pickles and Onions
The two pickles!
The entire Christmas Eve group

Lets be honest, gift giving is more fun when kids are involved. The surprise and excitement that little kids bring to the party is unique and so much better than us jaded adults. PJ was, of course, no exception. First PJ got a huge tractor from his aunt and uncle.

Then a massive fire truck from his oma and opa.

It took a while for him to be able to play with his new gifts alone...he got a lot of "help" in "opening them" from both of his uncles. 

When that was all done, we went over to the Mr's grandmother's house to meet up with the rest of my mother-in-law's family. As usual, we sang, we ate, and there was arm wrestling. 

Jelly Bean wasn't very comfortable with so many people, so I spent a lot of time in a dark kitchen trying to help her relax. I understand it was a great evening; my highlight was when my son - for the FIRST time in his ENTIRE life - came to me and said, "tired. go home now." 


American Christmas
The next day was magical! PJ slept in way longer than he usually does since we were up until almost 11pm. I was the first person awake in the entire house and I woke up to a Christmas greeting from my family that included this adorable picture.

When PJ finally woke up, the adults scrambled to get downstairs with him. My brother made an awesome video of PJ seeing the tree and the gifts for the first time but the damn thing won't load. Boooo! I'm telling ya, kids on Christmas is the best.

PJ had a blast opening up that mountain of gifts. Most of them were for Jelly Bean or himself, so he got to open up the vast majority of them, and insisted on "helping" us with our own gifts too. 

The adults got to open up coffee. Lots of coffee. 

Lots of coffee. 
Jelly Bean was cool with her brother opening up her gifts, cause she was rocking the themed outfit.

"Yup, I'm adorable."
At some point the gift opening got a little silly, but its all good:

And, honestly, we had to take a breakto read books ...
PJ in his Christmas outfit. What a handsome guy.
There were some really great books.
... and dress up as Batman to capture some bad guys.

Or to learn how to drive a remote controlled truck (damn, this kid has it way too good):

My brother, explaining how the whole remote-controlled truck thing works.

Afterwards, those with no kids crashed for a few more hours of sleep. And those with kids, either snuck in a short nap (me) or cooked a feast that included goose (the Mr).

The Mr. and his first ever goose

My brother carving said goose

The food was incredible. Dinner took a while and there were tons of leftovers. Win all around!

All in all, Christmas 2013 was a wonderful, family-filled affair. Jelly Bean gave it her highest rating:

Highest possible rating: Jelly Bean's toothless grin with sparkling eyes

Me too.


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