Griffin's first Christmas proved to be the most exciting time of the year for us all. At long last we got to meet our first little Nephew, Adrian, who was born just a few days before Griffin. Dave's grandparents also came down from Oregon to spend their Christmas with us. The house was full of people, but more so, excitement--lots and lots of it. Not only was it Griffin's best Christmas yet, it was mine too.
Christmas Eve rolled around rather quickly. We spent the afternoon with the Jeffers' side of the family. Dave's mom made the most delicious Christmas dinner of standing rib roast and corn pudding and cranberry chutney...oh...I wish I could go back and have that meal a thousand more times. After dinner we listened to the Christmas story got ready to open gifts. Griffin seemed to have a bit of a tummy ache later in the evening, so he didn't care for much of anything.
For the last couple of years Dave and I had been celebrating our Christmas at midnight after we get home from his parents. We found no reason to change that this year, so we continued on with our tradition. Griffin was feeling a little better and was finally ready to play with a few of his toys. Griffin and Dave made sweet music with his new little keyboard. After a while of playing and realizing that it was way past bedtime, Griffin doozed off probably dreaming of sugarplum fairies and whatnot. Being like I am, I found this to be the perfect opportunity to do this:
Early Christmas morning my mom and brother came over to celebrate. Dave cooked breakfast for all of us and Griffin was wide-eyed and bushy-tailed. Maybe he realized that there was something special about that day.
Around noon we headed to my dad's house to continue the celebrating. There was a full house there as well. I managed to forget GV's diaper bag, therefore feeling like a terrible parent. He slept through most of our time over there, so as luck would have it, I wasn't the worst mom in the world. We woke up to play with his Grandad, his uncle, and all of his sweet aunts.
It was a long week, but well worth it. Griffin got lots of awesome gifts and I'm excited to see him playing with them soon. Like I have previously mentioned, family took on a whole new meaning this year. It was so nice to celebrate as a little family of three this year; and it really felt so fabulous to be the mom of the greatest little gift I've ever received. At the same time, it was unbelievably amazing to celebrate with the loving families to which we belong.