Okay, now that stores are full of Happy Valentine's Day hearts, I'll finish our Christmas pictures! I must be getting old, cause time is going way, way too fast.
The only thing Jell wanted for Christmas was pink, sparkly shoes. She was so happy, and has worn them every single day since (even to church with her red Christmas dress - man that clashed!)
An almost good family photo! We have a lot of extended family to see on Christmas, but we insist on starting off the day just us. We try and begin it quietly and calmly, and let it go from there.
Sometime late morning we headed over to my parents' house, where my siblings were just waking up (11:30ish ... ahhhh, do you remember those days?). So we were just in time to do the traditional coming down the stairs to see what Santa's brought.
I laughed so hard when this was bought for Meri (thanks Nana and Bopa!). This is by far the tiniest bike I've ever seen in my life. You have to remember that Meri is a pipsqueak to get an idea of how small this little thing really is. She loves it of course! Although she is still figuring out the whole pedal concept.
Then we visited my Grandma and Grandpa Smith and had a fun time with them. Although apparently it would be asking too much to weasel a smile out of the girls for posterity's sake.
And then to Grammy and Papa's where cousins were excited to see us and eager to help open the remaining presents. This is Grammy and Papa very patiently trying to explain to a 5 year-old and two 3 year-olds how to play Junior Sequence.
We had a very enjoyable dinner with them and by the end of the day were naturally very tired. But we are very grateful to have so much family near - the girls feel so loved and we are thrilled to see them enjoy such close relationships with grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, and cousins! And so one last Merry Christmas ... which means it probably really is time for me to take down the remaining decorations. Sigh. I just like them a lot and it's always a bit sad to have the season over. Till next year then!