Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Part 2

So after our long drive home from Texarkana, we made it back to our house. Charley took at 45 minute nap (!!!!!!!!- it's usually 2 hours) and Jay took a 50 minute nap (!!!!!!!- over two hours normally).

We did a quick unload of the car, outfit change, packed up what we needed and headed to my parents' house for our "Christmas Eve" celebration. We just pushed the usual celebration back one day- it worked out perfectly!

Our kids were SO happy to be out of the car and to play with their cousins and aunties and uncles!

Watch out Uncle Mike- you've got some competition!

Couple time!

Charley will push ANYTHING she can!


You'll understand our shirts in a sec....

I am SO obsessed with this picture!!!!
Jake is SUCH a good cousin!

So every year for Christmas my mom gets us matching PJs. Well, in the past couple years (since our family has grown exponentially!), we have been getting matching/themed shirts. This year the theme was, "I'm dreaming of a Watt Christmas." JJ Watt plays for the Texans and they are (finally!) doing so well. So we celebrated! 

All the daughters, spouses, and grandkids! 
We always make a pyramid...

 ...and the pyramid always falls!

 The grandsons

The daughters

The mommies and kids

The husbands

The little boys thought it would be funny to get in.
I thought it would be funny for the babies to photo bomb. 
Look at Charley!!!

The granddaughters. This was the very end of the night!

Then our little family of four headed home to get ready for Santa to come (only a day late!). We did the traditional letter to Santa, set out milk and cookies, and got in our Christmas PJs. We talked about Christmas and Santa and both kids went to be EASILY. Then it was time for the parents to get to work! Two of my sisters and their husbands joined us and it was really fun having company that night! We watched Christmas movies and put gifts together!

"Christmas" morning my parents came over and we waited for Jay to wake up. Finally a little after 8 I woke him up. I couldn't stand it anymore!!!!  :)

The rest of the Moriarty family came over after we did Santa and had breakfast! It was SO good and we all had way too much! It was COLD outside (but sunny!), so the kids headed out to the new bounce house. Nothing like laughter in PJs from kids!!! It was an absolutely perfect morning!

Jay got his first lego set and asked Lego Master Jake to help!
It was the safari lego set (of course!)

One of these boys thought it was a great idea to jump with NO clothes on in the freezing weather!

Sweet Jake and Baby Austen

Wonderful, sweet chaos!

Everyone left and went to their houses to play with new toys and nap. Then the girls headed to my parents and we all helped get the big Christmas meal together. Turkey, pies, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, etc etc etc... DELICIOUS.

We ate and opened presents from each other and had a great afternoon/night.

I seriously love the holidays and all this time with family. I love that both families are just growing so fast and we have two families that love us dearly. Blessed is such an understatement!!! Until next year...

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Part 1

We spent the first part of Christmas in Texarkana at Anthony's parents' house. We love spending time with the Squillantes and always have a blast! 

We drove the 5+ hours (!!!!!) Saturday before Christmas to east Texas. It was a LOOONG drive with the kids. Jay actually did great. Between the iPad, DVD player, and toys, he was great. Charley- not so much. :/   But we made it in one piece and it was worth it!

We opened some presents Christmas Eve. The kids loved playing with their new toys from everyone. And everyone did a great job shopping for them- they knew exactly what they would love!!

Jay LOVED his safari truck from Grandma and Grandpa!

Charley loved her baby and grocery cart!

Christmas Eve night we ate soup and went to Brenda and Andy's church candlelight service. It was a beautiful service and fun to fellowship with family. Both kids were AMAZING at church. Like, best they've ever been at church!!! Thank you GOD! One of my favorite parts of the night was when I was whispering to Jay that we were going to light some candles. His response was to inhale and say, "Then we get cupcakes?!" Cutest ever!!!!

Did I mention Jay is OBSESSED with Uncle Mike?!
This is seriously his best "posed" smile ever- all because Uncle Mike told him to!

Our little family on Christmas Eve

 Jay wasn't a big soup fan, and told me he was hungry during church. 
So Grandma spoiled him and offered for us to go get him some chicken nuggets and french fries.
Nothing says Christmas Eve like Burger King :)

Christmas morning we woke up and opened a few more presents. We opted to do our little family Santa at our house the next morning. We really had little interest in packing up all the Santa gifts (there was a lot- including a drum set and bounce house- not easily portable). So we did "Santa" with the Squillantes and finished exchanging gifts. It was so fun to wake up with Anthony's parents for the second year in a row (they were at our house for Christmas last year!). Grandma and Grandpa really spoiled us (as usual!!).

We loaded the car in the pouring (and almost freezing!) rain and started the trek back home. Nothing like spending Christmas in pouring rain on an empty highway. We looked at the radar and the bad storms were seriously up and down 59. Tornado warnings and all. So we cut across some backwoods roads over to 45. As soon as we got off 59 it seriously stopped raining. So we trekked it home and enjoyed our Christmas lunch at the only thing open- Jack in the Box in Palestine, TX. Sweet!  :)

It was a wonderful trip but we were all glad to be back home together as our little family.

Part 2 to come...  :)