We arrived at the house Christmas Eve at like 2:00 am and stayed up talking with Meg and Adam til 4! We were pretty tired the next morning, waking up pretty late. Christmas Eve was filled with good food (as was every day), trips to various stores and finally seeing everyone! There was no snow on the ground but when we woke up the next morning, there was a beautiful blanket of snow covering the ground. The morning started off early with the kids opening all their gifts. That makes Christmas so fun when there are little ones who still get overly excited about everything. Charlotte hit the jackpot from Grandma and Grandpa Whitmore (Rick and Eve) with practically a new wardrobe and library! Thank you again for all the wonderful gifts!! The rest of the day we relaxed, vegged, took a nap and had a wonderful dinner. After dinner, all the adults opened their gifts. Josh received some great things he had asked for in addition to a new wedding ring and Clipper tickets for Jan. 12 that I got him. I got some great things including a Willow Tree nativity, clothes, and gift cards (that are already spent)! We loved everything we got!
|Christmas Tree with presents for 13 people!|
|Meg and Adam surprised us all with their onesie pajamas...quite the sight!|
|Starting them young ;)|
|Tess as Mrs. Claus|
|Charlotte as an Elf (Thanks Aunt Meg!)|
|Kevin and Rachel helping the boys open their gifts|
|The Newlyweds with their nieces|
|Grandpa loved holding Charlotte as much as could|
|There were 26 Christmas Trees set up on the street leading to the school|
Another day we went into the city...NYC. It was so cold and pretty much miserable. It is the last time we will do the city during the holidays. It was so crowded, we could hardly walk anywhere. We would go into a store and have to leave right away due to crowds and long lines. We also met up with a mission buddy, Josh Smith, while we were there, which was fun to catch up.
|Parked in SoHo and tried to do some shopping. Complete fail.|
|We managed to get to the DASH store. Yes, as in the KarDASHians.|
|Made a stop at the new Apple Store in Grand Central Station.|
|Can you see what I mean by crowds?|
Outside the New York City Library
We also celebrated New Years. Stayed up til midnight and Charlotte even helped celebrate too!
Overall, Christmas time in CT was a blast and it's always sad when everyone has to leave.
|Charlotte with Gram|
|This is what these two did most of the week|
|Charlotte loves her daddy|
|I'm always the one taking the pictures...needed one with my girl!|
|Charlotte and cousin Tess|
|Charlotte and Aunt Meg|