Oh what fun we had with our 1st ever Advent calendar this year! It conveniently counted down not only the days til Christmas but the days til we left for Louisiana to visit family. The theme of the Lego City calendar was a little crazy with all the cops and bad guys and weapons, but it came through in the end with Santa and lots of presents around the hearth and tree. Joseph would wake up each morning and want to run downstairs to tear open the little door and put the pieces together.
Just 2 days before they had a cute little "Winter Party" at preschool where Joe Joe got one of his best gifts ever - we said yes when they handed out "brown milk." Hey, I held out 4 years, 5 months and 4 days. I fought the good fight and the boy deserved it.
In addition to the (obligatory?) gift cards for all the teachers and assistants I put together apothecary jars with each of their favorite treats. The director got a jar full of my chocolate and candy coated marshmallows that she loved at the Thanksgiving feast.
On Christmas Eve we got Joseph all dressed up in his adorable little blazer and took him to the children's mass at our church. He loves all the singing, and Santa even makes a guest appearance at the end. We then were invited to a delicious meal and fabulous company at our dear friends house.
After finally getting the little one of to bed we were able to spend time with our other boys, Simon & Jeffrey, while exchanging our grown up gifts. Then it was all about getting things ready for when Joseph woke up at the crack of dawn.
Joseph was thrilled to say the least! Santa came through with the things he asked for - the "Dinosaur Train" time tunnel, legos, and a basketball net, plus so much more. Even though this picture looks like it was taken the same night, it was just that early on Christmas morning that it was still pitch black even when we were done opening gifts.
Joe Joe scored big at home, but that was only the beginning. After playing for just a little while we packed our bags and flew down south to continue the festivities in Louisiana.