Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Eve At Mom's

For as long as I can remember we have opened presents from each other at Mom's on Christmas Eve. We all continued this tradition even as we grew up, got married and started our own families. This year Shirley and Chris did not make it but we did have Kelly here. All in all we had 19 family members! We always begin with a Christmas Feast and then move on to presents. This picture was taken of Lexi just before we started. You would never have known that this was her first Christmas. She took to opening presents like a pro. She even helped pass out presents to everyone. I wish I had video of her opening her first present. It was an Elmo sing-a-long toy from Carolyn's family. When Lexi saw what it was she lifted her arms and screamed "yea!". It was too cute!

We saved a few extra special presents for for Mom and Dad until the end. I made a photo book of Lexi's first 10 months with us. I began with the referral picture and then Family Day in China. The book is just precious and it was all I could do NOT to give it to Mom and Dad when it came in a few weeks ago.

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Carolyn Smiley said...

What a great Christmas we all had! Lexi made it even more special. It was so much fun watching the little one's with their toys. Even the bigger kids had fun playing with the smaller ones!! Lexi was just adorable with Mom and Dad when she gave them her special present! She jumped right up in Moms lap and was so excited to turn the pages in her book to them! Just precious. The whole evening was perfect!!

Wanda, Geoff and Lexi said...

Yes it was! I've waited for this for so long, it is just amazing to finally live and enjoy every second of it!!