Friday, December 30, 2011

Aniston's First Christmas

Wow, we've been busy!  Our weekend was filled with lots of Christmas fun.  We started on Christmas Eve at 1pm and didn't stop until around 10pm on Christmas Day.  Aniston was just an absolute joy the whole time, of course.  I had worried that she would be tired and fussy, but I think the excitement kept her going! 

On Christmas Eve we gathered with my dad's extended family for lunch.  We've always done this, and it's always so nice to see family we haven't seen in a while.  (Some we haven't seen since last Christmas.) 

After lunch we hurried home, grabbed presents and food, and headed to our next place--Bradley's parents' house to celebrate Christmas with his mom's side of the family.  We had lots of fun there!  Aniston and Colton love to play together.  While we were opening presents, Aniston pulled up on Bradley's shoulder (we were sitting in the floor), let go, and stood all by herself for about twenty seconds! 
Tags are her favorite!

Colton is such a happy baby!

After we left there, we went to Mamaw Louise and Papaw Coy's for more Christmas fun with my dad's immediate side of the family.  Mamaw and Papaw are constantly spoiling Aniston, and she left their house with a ton of stuff.  Her favorie thing was a Red Rider wagon (complete with two seats, seatbelts, and cupholders--wagons have really changed since I was little!). 
This hat reminds me of Cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation--our favorite Christmas movie.  Ha!

Opening presents!

Wagon fun!


After we left Mamaw and Papaw's, it was well past Aniston's bedtime.  We put her to sleep, and then Santa got to work!  We had lots of fun putting together toys--and playing with them.  Santa brought toys, a big coat for when it snows, clothes, books, and a new carseat.  Her stocking was filled with puffs and a new sippy cup.  Once she saw the puffs, it was all over!  She wasn't interested in anything else!  Ha! 

My favorite thing we gave her was a board book, The Night You Were Born.  I cried in the bookstore when I read it, and tear up every time I read it to her.  It is so, so precious! 

After we finished opening presents, we hosted a breakfast for both sides of our family.  We usually go to my parents for breakfast on Christmas morning, but this year we decided to start a new tradition since we have Aniston now.  It was so wonderful to have everyone together!

At lunch we gathered at Mamaw Ruth and Papaw Burl's house with my mom's side.  Aniston was a little fussy, but still did pretty well.  Our family is so big.  The house was packed!

With cousins Angela and Abigail.  Aniston was after the toy Abigail had!

After that we were able to relax for a little while.  Aniston took a nap and Bradley and I watched part of Christmas Vacation.  After Aniston woke up, we played outside wit her new wagon and spent a little time with my parents, Mamaw Louise, and Papaw Coy. 

At 6 we headed to Bradley's cousin's house to visit with Bradley's dad's side.  Colton and Aniston were able to play together again.  Aniston showed off her crawling and pulling up skills. 

After that, we dropped by my parents' house to see Eric before he went back to Charlotte. 

Then--finally!--we were finished!  It was a busy but fun Christmas!  We are blessed to have so many places to go and such a wonderful family!

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