I got to go north for Christmas this year and it was amazing. I saw a lot of family and friends, shopped, and did a whole lot of... nothing. It was fabulous. We watched all the classic holiday movies, ate too much, and laughed until our stomach's hurt. It was everything it should be and so much more. I am so thankful that I have such a wonderful family.
The first night back in town, I got lots of cuddles from this guy. What a welcome?! I couldn't be happier!
Claire gave the girls matching pj's for Christmas. Aren't they cute?!
We all took turns holding Ben. Dziadek always knows how to get Ben to fall asleep. My dad goes by "Dziadek", instead of grandpa because it's Polish and it's what we called our grandfather, his father, as children. It's a great tradition and I love that he is continuing it.
The three musketeers again. I feel like they should be in a commercial for something. Who does this?!
Ben spent some time on his playmat with me. I love his smiles! Don't those dimples just make you melt?!
We went to my cousin Maggie and her boyfriend Jimmy's house the day before Christmas Eve to see everyone and to see their new place!! It's amazing. So cozy. Nice work Marge! While there, Bailey was quite the character. She was trying to pull Matt off the couch in this picture. When she couldn't do it on her own, she got Maggie and Uncle Bobby to help. What a smart cookie. Tinkerbell was just observing (and barking).
Both my mom and dad have December birthdays so we made sure to sing to them and celebrate while we were all together.
On Christmas Eve we went to the children's mass, as usual, but this time we actually had a kid with us! - if you count Ben :). He was so good and slept all through church. After, we had our usual photo shoot. It's a good thing that my family likes pictures as much as me...
I can't get enough of this cute kid! Paula is pretty cute, too.
Dziadek and Grandma with Ben.
And this is how Catherine get's Ben to laugh :). If only you could hear the high pitched noises that come out of her mouth when she makes faces like this.
That's a good one. Makes me smile.
Santa came!! We are all 5 year olds at heart...the new baby just let's us express it a little more...
He has no idea what's going on, and then he knows to smile. Because on Christmas, everyone knows to smile! That and we make really funny faces at him.
There was a lot of this too. Taking a nap is so much more justified when you do it with a sleeping baby. And he is like a little heater. So cozy!
I can't imagine life without him. Obsessed Aunt? Who me? Yes. I admit it whole-heartedly.
Saying goodbye to this kid broke my heart, but it was such a great trip home!!