After much thought, we finally decided to get the girls a train set for Christmas this year. They have been IN LOVE with all things "train" for quite a while now...a small plastic train they have, train books, and -- of course -- riding the train at several zoos.
We opted for this wooden set, and Hubby and I had some bonding time setting it all up on Christmas Eve night.
The girls began exploring it immediately on Christmas morning.
The elaborate set-up made it about 30 minutes (which impressed me!), before we decided to lose most of the bi-level components. Daddy helped the girls figure out a different setup.
I pointed out the train depot to the girls, and told them that's where the trains sleep at night. They promptly began calling it the Home Depot, and saying, "Go to sleep, Little Train!"
The girls also got a set of stacking ABC boxes, which are right up their alley, too.
After our traditional Christmas morning breakfast of Cinnamon Pull-Apart bread, the girls wanted to open their stockings. This is what they most remembered from last year, and they've been talking about them ever since they saw them a couple of weeks ago.
The stockings are big, and the girls kept asking for help to dig around!
In their stockings, the girls got scissors, a small book, and an ornament. Here they are, hanging their choo-choo train ornaments on the tree. The engraving reads, "A year of first adventures."
The girls then got to open their wrapped gift, a bib and bottle set for their baby dolls.
This was a huge hit with our miniature mommies! And this is my favorite picture from Christmas this year, my babes cuddled together, feeding their babies.
The girls then helped Daddy open his gift.
And then they snuggled with Mommy to read their new books.
The girls were delighted to give Sasha her gift. And at one sniff of the catnip toy, Baby Sasha put on quite a show for them, rolling around all over the place.
I don't have a picture of her acrobatics, but she did have a lot of fun batting a tag on a gift bag much of the day.
While we missed seeing our family on Christmas, we had so much fun as a family of four, relaxing, playing, enjoying the company of each other. And with a gorgeous sunny day to boot, we even logged a family walk on Christmas afternoon.
And I could not ask for more.
The girls got many more gifts from friends and family over the past week. Here they are, playing with a couple of favorites...
Magnadoodles from Miss Jennifer...
...and a doctor kit from Aunt Alison. They usually take turns being "sick", and they'll say, "I don't feel well...take care of me!"
It was certainly a Merry Christmas to us all!