Friday, December 28, 2012

Merry Christmas!

We had a fantastic Christmas!  Tatum wasn't totally into opening presents (even after all the practicing with her birthday) but she still managed to make Christmas a totally different experience for us. She manages to make everything more fun, even Christmas!

We headed down to my parents' house last Sunday and went to Church and caroling with them. It was cold and Tatum was not a fan of getting in and out of the car but we are still happy we got to participate in the caroling tradition.

Tatum loves her cousins and gets so excited when she sees them. She discovered a new toy at Grandma's house-the shower! It was not uncommon to find her and Caden or Macy (or both) playing the shower. Crazy kids. But what great cousins who are willing to play along.
She also loves a little rocking chair at grandma and papa's house.  It's been there since I was a little kid and it  is one of Tatum's favorite toys.

Christmas Eve consisted of last minute present wrapping, playing games, making goodies, eating yummy soup, reading Luke 2, singing every carol we could think of, opening Christmas pajamas, and watching The Muppet Christmas Carol of course. :)

Tatum and the Eskelsen cousins in their new pajamas.
Brennan in his new pajamas and matching so well.
Singing Christmas songs with Grandma.
Cuddling with Caden. She seriously loves this kid.

Me and Tatum in our new pajamas.
We are still a ways away from being forced to wake up early on Christmas. Tatum slept in until 8:30! We got her some milk, let her play with her present from Santa and started digging into our haul. You might notice that she has pretty much the same expression in every picture on Christmas morning. I don't know what it is about this kid, but she will only look at you when you take a picture, she refuses to show any emotion.

With her zoo from Santa.
Showing off the very creative and mysterious wrapping job done by Brennan. I mean, what could this be?!
Brennan modeling his new bag for school and work.

 Finally, a smile!
We spent a couple more days at my parents' house. Brennan had to go back to work the day after Christmas so Tatum and I just hung out with grandma and papa. She had plenty of new toys and books to keep her entertained. And of course there's always Duke...and Duke's food and water...and decks of cards...and breakable nativities. Yeah, she found plenty to do.

Playing with her new drum.
 Eating grandma's necklace.
 These two have a bit of a love-hate relationship. Tatum loves Duke, follows him everywhere, and is happy to share her food. Duke would rather she just stay away, unless of course she does have food to share.
 Such a trouble maker. She may or may not have eaten several pieces of dog food...oops.
Such a wonderful time of year and we were so lucky to be able to spend it with so many people we love. A huge thank you to everyone for all the gifts. We are certainly spoiled.

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