Christmas was very special for us this year since it was Avery's first Christmas. To be honest, I haven't looked forward to Christmas this much in a very long time. I know she's too young to understand what's going on and to really enjoy everything, but I still looked forward to it a lot this year. It gives you a different perspective to see a holiday through the eyes of a 6 month old.
Of course today was another bustling day. My cousins came over to my Mom's house at 10am for brunch. My one cousin was in from Tennessee and we haven't seen them in a few years. He came over along with his 2 daughters, Jessica and Jodi-they brought their significant others and their kids as well. It was quite a house full once again!
Madyson and Cayden opening gifts:
Grandma and Avery:
Avery opening a gift-she got a kick out of the wrapping paper. She would hang onto it real tight and we would pull the gift to unwrap it. Of course she wanted to eat the paper!
A new teether!
Let's try it out!
My Uncle Joe and Aunt Marion also stopped over to bring Avery a gift:
A new jacket and hat!
Avery really enjoyed my cousin Paul (in from TN):
After everyone left, we did gifts with my Mom....
A new doll:
We got a lot of nice things! Avery got a lot of practical things (cups, spoons, plates, clothes, etc) which was nice-I was expecting toy overload, but it wasn't too bad. Mom got us some nice things-clothes, slippers, entertainment book, a digital picture frame.
We left Buffalo around 4:45 and on the way home we stopped at Gabe's parents' house to say hello. We stayed about an hour and by that time it was past Avery's bedtime already so we came home and put her to sleep.
Once Avery was in bed, Gabe and I exchanged gifts. He got me a Starbucks gift card, a mascara sampler from Sephora and a beautiful piece of "Mommy jewelry". I'll have to take a picture of it to post-I love it!
We still have to celebrate Christmas with Gabe's side of the family-that will take place on New Years Day so we still have a celebration to look forward to.
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you had a wonderful one!