Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas Day

Did Lucy like her play kitchen?? I'm sure the suspense has been killing you! She didn't give quite the jovial reaction that she did for Nonnie, but she seemed to enjoy it. Here's a little video of her coming out of her room. 

She and Tommy played nicely while I made an actual breakfast. 

Let's be real, I felt exactly the same way about eating cinnamon rolls for breakfast!

After breakfast Lucy got to open her stocking. She was a little unclear as to what she should be doing, but caught on quickly. 

Finally, her very own Tigers hat! Now she doesn't have to steal mine or Matty's. 

Laughing at herself with her new hat and Daddy's headphones on. 

We went to my parents' house for dinner, and my nephew Andy showed up with his new Kindle Fire and a pair of headphones. Lucy quickly took over his headphones and wore them for a good part of the day. Maybe our family is too loud for her?!

The puppy out of her new pet carrier set was the hit of the day!

As soon as Matty opened it for her, she got down and walked around showing it to people. 

She eventually made her way back to Matty's lap to investigate the rest of the carrier. 

There were tons of other adorable presents for Lucy, but apparently all she really needed was the shiny lid to Oma's new candle . . . 

 . . . and Pop's flashlight. 

Believe it or not, we got a few cute family pics!

By the time we got to dessert, Lucy was getting a little sleepy. She rested her head on my arm for awhile, but still managed to eat three Christmas cookies. 

And then she really made herself at home. If there's a table, those feet are going on it. We're working on her manners, I promise!

Lucy was in a very good mood on the ride home, probably because she's feeling happy about stealing that book from Oma's house. 

Christmas night involved cooking in her kitchen with her new hat . . . 

 . . . taking care of her new puppy with Daddy. . . 

 . . . vacuuming with her new Minnie Mouse vacuum set . . . 

 . . . and putting Post It notes on Nonnie. 

Tommy came home from the party he had been at, and the two of them ended the night with a little swim in the tub together. 

I got this text from my SIL later that evening. Gordie was enjoying our gift of Cars 2 the movie, a Cars pillow, and Cars slippers. I love a good theme gift!

And how cute were these three at their house on Christmas?!

We had a great Christmas! Unfortunately, though, Santa dropped off one of Lucy's gifts a little early . . . a major sleep regression! We've been dealing with it for about two weeks now, and it's exhausting for everyone, and the craziness of the holiday season hasn't helped. Matty has four days left of vacation, and we are very much looking forward to doing nothing but relaxing and getting back to our normal routine. Oh, and taking down our decorations. I love them so much, but once Christmas is over I'm done. 


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Eve

I've been a little behind on the blogging this week. I've got about 45 minutes between helping my MIL move and dinner with friends, and I'm hoping to finish up this Christmas Eve post because I know everyone (my mom) is dying to see our pictures.  ;) 

These first few are actually from Christmas Eve Eve (I heard someone refer to this day as Christmas Adam this year. Is that a thing??) Here's Matty putting together Lucy's kitchen while she napped. #greatdaddy

Since he's on vacation, Matty's been getting a little taste of what it's like to try and accomplish chores with Lucy around. He was vacuuming, and she followed him around pushing the base the entire time. 

Because we knew she was going to be getting so many presents over the next few days, we gave Lucy this present a few days early. It's a rubber donkey that she can bounce on, and it is, without a doubt, her favorite gift of the Christmas season. 

You don't need pants to bounce on a donkey! She immediately started calling him Nonnie, so that's his name. Strangely enough, she woke up in the middle of the night crying super hard later that evening and at one point started calling for Nonnie. That's how much she loves this donkey. 

They watch TV together on the couch. 

More vacuuming on Christmas Eve morning. This time, Lucy wanted to be held. I didn't intervene because this is how I vacuum most of the time, so I didn't feel too badly for him!

Running errands with Daddy on Christmas Eve morning dressed in her Santa pj's and, most likely, talking to "Pop" on the phone. Upside down sunglasses are going to be the new fashion trend for 2017. 

Lucy had been asking about Tommy for days and was so happy when he finally arrived on Christmas Eve afternoon. 

Look at that cute face!

We decided to let the kiddos open presents before dinner. Neither one had napped much (or at all, in Lu's case), and we didn't want to push our luck by waiting until later in the evening. It was time for Matty to see what was in all those packages that had been delivered!

Lucy got a new puzzle and wanted to start on it right away. Snort was there for moral support. 

So. many. gifts. I definitely had to try and keep her focused. Eventually I think I just started opening them on my own. 

Tommy doesn't shy away from the camera! 

Lucy decided to show her affection for Tommy by petting his head. 

He returned the sentiment by giving her the sweetest hug . . . 

 . . . that lasted a little too long in Lucy's opinion!

She was also a little unsure about sharing her new Little People Disney Princesses with Tommy. 

She finally gave him one all on her own, and I was so proud of her. 

Taking a break to admire her new stuffies. 

Next up was dinner. It was a little after 5, and Lucy was fading fast. I wrangled her while everyone else ate. We served homemade bread . . . 

 . . . and lasagna! There was also a salad from Buddy's, but I didn't get a pic of that. 

Being silly after dinner. Apparently all we have to do to make Lucy happy is put her on Matty's shoulders. Is it feasible for her to eat her meals up there??

The Brennan Family . . . soon to be a family of four!! Baby Girl Brennan arrives July 2017! 

My Christmas Eve dinner. We're adding two more baby girls to the mix next year. Things are bound to be calmer, right?!

Don't let that sweet face fool you, she was a fussball!

These two definitely got their second wind while Matty blew up the air mattress. 

Both Lucy and Tommy got some new books, so I read them one to calm down a bit before bed. 

And then this happened. Two babies in the tub was the cutest thing ever!

After the kiddos went to sleep, the adults got to open some presents. This was the only picture I took. His outfit was "Christmas Casual."

After presents, we straightened up a bit and got ready for Christmas morning. 

Did Lucy love her gifts?? Did she survive another day of parties and presents? Check back tomorrow to find out!