Happy New Year, everyone! It’s hard to believe we’re already three days into 2017. I also can’t believe that winter break is over. Annabel is back at school today, and Mike is back at work. James still has one more week off but for the most part, it’s back to life as usual.

We had a really great Christmas this year. It kicked off on Christmas Eve at my sister-in-law’s house, where in addition to opening presents and running around like crazy people, the kids had fun with Christmas Karaoke.

Christmas Karaoke

christmas karaoke

When we returned home, the kids quickly changed into their jammies, wrote a letter to Santa, and went to bed.

Christmas 2016

The next morning, James woke up before Annabel. This was the year that Christmas really “clicked” for him, and it was so much fun to watch.

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His reaction to the presents under the tree.

Christmas 2016

My parents and brother arrived not long after the kids woke up, so the kids didn’t have to wait long before digging into their gifts. I love that my kids are just as excited about socks as they are about toys.

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Even Schuyler got in on opening presents, with a little help from Kyle’s dog, Yoshi.

Christmas 2016

We also made one of Annabel’s lifelong dreams come true:

Christmas 2016

They are terrifying in that thing and I have regrets.

After breakfast, Leah, Ted, and Liam came over, and we all hung out at our house for a bit before we went to my parents’ place in the afternoon for more presents and dinner.

Christmas 2016

Christmas with a baby is so much fun, even if the baby has no idea what’s going on.

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What is the meaning of this.

He eventually got the hang of it, though.

Christmas 2016

Leah also continued her tradition of giving awesome masks:

Christmas 2016

In all, it was a really lovely day.

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016
A+ photobomb