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December 27, 2011

Our Christmas (Mostly) in Pictures

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!


Brad Jenkins said...

Looks like a great time was had by all!

I recognize the kitchen in the background of the last picture - I'm sure you had a great time putting that thing together as we did. If only the doors weren't nearly impossible for little hands to open!

championm2000 said...

What a wonderful Christmas it looks like your family had!

Thanks for sharing your memories with us!

championm2000 said...

What a wonderful Christmas it looks like your family had!

Thanks for sharing your memories with us!

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I love your Christmas and I love the train set.

I have a serious love of all things wooden. I bought the kids some proper wooden puzzles and dominos (with pics) and I think I've played with them more than they have. I'm so tactile that the heaviness of the wood is just delicious in my hand :)

Amanda said...

Oh my, you are brave with the scissors. Looks like you had an amazing Christmas!!!!

Dolli-Mama said...

Beautiful. I love the pictures, the girls look so happy! What a great Christmas.

Barbara Manatee said...

Very cool that the girls were so excited about the train set! Sarah plays with the boys once in a while and has a few of her "own" trains (girl ones). :-)

Looks like you had a great Christmas!!

Johanna said...

They are so sweet! Glad they love their trains - that's a pretty impressively large set... is it going to stay out or get put away? :)

I used to think your little ones didn't look very much alike... is it possible that they are starting to look more alike? They are beautiful and I love their Christmas morn jammies. Looks like you guys had a magical Christmas!

reanbean said...

So wonderful (and I love the PJs)! Our kitty also had a ball with some of the wrappings and ribbons. :o)