I really loved my wrapping paper this year. Something about cars with trees on top of them that makes me happy. I used the same paper for all the kids this year and put the first letter of their name on each gift so they had to search a bit on Christmas morning.
We headed to Scottsburg the day after Christmas. We always have fun when we go there and the kids just adore their cousins so they were just happy to be together. It was unfortunate that Avery and I were not feeling well but we still enjoyed the company and made sweet memories. Looking back, I was sad I didn't take more pictures while we were there but that's what happens when you're sick.
Grandma Judd made her special traditional meal with all the fixin's which we always enjoy. The kids have a blast playing together in the garage turned super fun playroom. They had bought an air hockey table for the playroom that the kids were thrilled about and especially Tyson could not get enough of. Jason and I even got a date that weekend. My head was stuffed full of junk and I was super tired but we went anyway to see the movie Unbroken and enjoyed our alone time together. The kids are never ready to leave when we go there because Grandma & PaPa always make it so special for all of us.
We finally made our Christmas cookies after Christmas. Santa had to eat Oreos this year because we just had not found time at that point. The kids had a great time and ate way too much icing along the way.
And I loved Avery's face in this photo because you can see how happy and proud she was watching her big cousins open their special presents that she created for them. She actually made them "reports" about their favorite animals and then attached a second page with a picture of them and their animal that she colored and added some fun extras too like flippers on Tia's feet. They were awesome.
Aunt Debbie's felt ornaments are a highlight for me each year. I can't wait to see what we get and they are always amazing. I wish I had photographed them all on that day but I only captured 3 of the 6, Elsa, Tinkerbell, & Batman. We also got one the shape of Indiana, a camera, and Rapunzel. Aunt Debbie is crazy talented.
We gave my Grandma a family photo of us and some tea because she drinks it with every meal. She immediately started crying when she looked at the picture. I cried too and took a picture because I didn't want to forget that moment. My Grandma's favorite gift to receive is pictures of those she loves. In that way, I am exactly like her.
I loved watching Violet get her little nails painted by Aunt Beth. She was so excited and thought she was so big.
My sister Stephanie had shown me a wooden sign on Pinterest awhile back and said how much she loved it. We had leftover pallet wood in the garage so I asked Jason to make the tree and then I painted the star and letters. It was pretty fun and I was so excited to give it to her.
And winner of the best reaction to a Christmas gift ever was my sister Stephanie. Beth caught this photo as I revealed the sign to her. She will kill me for putting this on the blog but it's a classic and displays Christmas excitement that typically you only see in kids. It makes me happy.
I think I finally covered all the Christmas moments I want to remember so I think it is best if I move on especially considering it is the end of January already.