Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Londyn Grace's 1st Christmas

our (faux) mantle
We started Christmas week at home in Jersey. Since we planned to leave following our Christmas Eve service, we opened our gifts to each other on Christmas Eve morning.

Daddy started by reading Luke chapter 2 to Londyn Grace! She sat on his lap and listened intently! :)
Our tree!

Mama and Daddy didn't buy much for her this year since she couldn't really open presents and we knew her grandparents and other family would spoil her rotten! We did get her a playmat that encourages tummy time, a caterpillar mirror toy, a bib, a fur coat (Mama couldn't resist it! It was on clearance!) a teether and a rubber ducky for bath time. 

Daddy helping LG open her presents!
After we finished opening presents, we made sure our bags were packed and all of the presents for family were wrapped! Daddy loaded up the car so it was ready. 

We had a great time at our Christmas Eve service. Daddy preached and we sang carols with our church family. After the service, we were excited about heading to Pennsylvania, but the weather changed our plans!

Daddy and his girl
The snow was coming down and the roads were getting icy so Daddy decided we would wait until morning. So we headed to bed early and got up at 3:00 am. Londyn Grace did so well! I nursed her right before we left at 3:45 and then she slept in her carseat the entire trip! There was absolutely no traffic which is almost unheard of here in Jersey so we made it to Grammy and Grandpap's by 6:30 (a new record!) 

Before opening gifts, we had Christmas morning breakfast with Grandpap, Grammy, Uncle Ben, Uncle Matt, Aunt Rebekah, Oma and Opa! Londyn fell asleep on my shoulder during the meal!

Sleepy Girl in her Christmas pjs
After opening gifts, it was time to get ready for our next stop. We packed up the car and headed to Mom Mom's house. Christmas lunch was ready when we arrived. We got to see lots of family there! Isaac held Londyn Grace for the first time!

Isaac holding Sweet Pea
We stayed at Mom Mom's for awhile after we finished lunch and then headed to Christmas Stop number three! Granny was excited to see Londyn Girl! We were also thankful that Uncle Joe, Aunt El, Aunt Mary Ellen, Andy, Angel, Briana, Micah and Benjamin were there, too!

We finished Christmas Day at Pop Pop and Mimi's house exchanging gifts with them, Uncle Johnny, Auntie M and Tammy.

It was a busy but wonderful day! It was so good to spend time with family and celebrate the birth of our Savior!

Londyn Grace was spoiled rotten by everyone. She received so many gifts  and certainly wasn't lacking attention even for a minute! In fact there was often a line of people waiting to hold her! :)
just a few of the people responsible for spoiling her! :)

We were able to spend the rest of the week there and tried to divide our time between everyone! The week went by way too fast and before we knew it we were packing the car again. It was filled to capacity with so many gifts! Our family is so gracious!

Our favorite Christmas gift!
As always, it was hard to say goodbye. We made it back to New Jersey by 11:00 Friday night and were definitely ready for bed!

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