Christmas this year was so great because it was Lily Jane's first Christmas and also the first Christmas that Tate was really into it. And I mean REALLY INTO IT. We tried to do it up right for him.
And house decorating....
|The boys loved the parade. And then it rained, giving Tate the perfect opportunity to tell everyone he saw "It rained on my parade!!"|
And there were Christmas card photo shoot fails....
....and more fails.
And Christmas cookies...
|Note my 8-months-pregnant sister Nancy rolling out the dough with a wine bottle. That's how the Dodson sisters roll (literally) when it comes to baking.|
|Lily Jane presided over the cookie making.|
|Tate demonstrates why the Grinch is his favorite Christmas story.|
|We hosted Christmas Eve Eve for my extended family at our house. Lily Jane loved every minute of it. (dress handmade by Linda)|
|This is the first gift Lily Jane ever opened, and she knew exactly what to do with it! She tore into that package and then looked for others.|
|She was a natural.|
|Tate was there, too. (Rob was, too, but we can't find any photographic proof.)|
There was reading of "Twas The Night Before Christmas."
|Tate had a blast with Nannysippi who spent Christmas at our house.|
And then there were gifts. Lots of them.
And finally.....Santa came!!!
|Tate's loot from Santa. to the left are his rock star theme gifts.|
|Lily Jane's loot from Santa.|
|Lily Jane thought this whole Christmas thing was pretty cool.|
|Telling secrets. (LJ is wearing Tate's hand-me-down PJs from his second Christmas. I happened to see the exact same PJs for sale again, so I bought them in Tate's size for this year.)|
|Tate's favorite gift was this arcade "Claw" game. He plays it over and over and over.|
|And the big Santa gift this year was a swing set in our backyard! Rob calls this picture "Nesting Tot, in his natural habitat."|
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!