Christmas came and went quickly here in the Wheawill house. We had a great time celebrating the holiday and enjoying all the traditions and sentiments, along with some new ones here at our house. I was blessed with time off of work, much more than I had originally expected. Being able to enjoy the holidays without stressing over your schedule is a major perk with my current job! We are now back to no tree and everything is put away (except for a few random decorations that I have found this week). All the new things are in their new place in a somewhat organized fashion, thanks to the Ikea trip that I took last weekend!
Anyways, I'll start with Christmas Eve. We went over to Aunt Kneeknee's since we didn't have any plans to be at her house and we wanted to see her decor. She does such a great job decorating. We had a really nice visit over there just hanging out. Charlie especially loved seeing Coco and unfortunately, those are the only pictures I took.
After a nap, Charlie and I went to the grocery store so he could pick out the canned food for the food offering to stock the food pantry for children to participate in at the Christmas Eve services. He chose peas and carrots and applesauce.
(Pictures on our way home from the grocery.)
At 4, we went to the Christmas Eve service and it was so nice. I absolutely love Christmas Eve service and I was afraid the kid friendly early service may disappoint me but it did not. Charlie did good with taking up his applesauce and peas and carrots to the alter but wasn't 100% okay with leaving them. Luckily, he did without too much argument so we could get back to our seat. :-)
We didn't do cookies for Santa this year or anything for the reindeer since I figured all the other children would feed them and Charlie didn't really have a clue what was going on. Matt and I fixed a nice dinner with steak, grilled onions, mashed potatoes, and salad. We even opened a nice bottle of wine that we got back in August when we celebrated our anniversary. Charlie had some chicken and peas and carrots. Charlie was in the best mood. We put on his new pjs after bath and read The Night Before Christmas and the Christmas story.
Charlie and I sang Happy Birthday to Jesus about 10 times. He kept saying again and again and so we did it a ton! Matt and I weren't up too long getting things straight for the next morning.
Christmas morning, I woke up about 5ish. I wanted a shower but didn't want to miss a minute so I decided to get up extra early. However, Charlie slept until close to 8am. Not sure what that was about but when he woke up, he was real rested and happy! Matt and I had a nice morning before Charlie got up just relaxing in bed. Maybe that was Charlie's present to us. Anyways, first thing we came down and were surprised to see what all Santa brought us.
He gave every toy equal playing time and was just so happy and excited about it all. We all opened our stockings.
The rest of the Wheawill clan (Grandpa, Grammie and Kneeknee) joined us about 9 for breakfast. We did more presents and visited for the rest of the morning.
Charlie got a late nap and everyone scattered so we could reconvene at Grandpa and Grammie's after nap for a dinner. We had a great time.
Charlie just got silly by the end of the night. He was so happy all day. I would say that he had a great day!
The following day, we had a nice breakfast with friends and met Alice for the first time. While it's not been so long that I still remember Charlie being a baby, but it's hard to believe he was that small. :-)
Charlie went to daycare to play with his friends and take a nap while I ran errands in the cold and rain. Matt went on to work. The rest of the week, we worked and Charlie went to daycare.
Friday night, we had Christmas with the Hamricks. Oh my! Those boys had so much fun. It's too bad I didn't get any pictures but Wyatt and Charlie were crazy playing and had probably the best bath ever. They laughed so much! By the end, Ali and I were soaked from there wild playing but it was pretty cute.
Later Friday night or more like early Saturday morning, The Matneys came. My mom and dad got here first and then my sister and Seth were about an hour behind. Charlie was very surprised on Saturday morning to wake up with a bunch of house guests even though I told him they were coming. We had Christmas Saturday morning with everyone.
Then Saturday, we had an early dinner at Maggiano's. Yum! It was bit ambitious to think that a 19 month old would sit through that kind of dinner since we were there about 2 hours. He did good for the most part. We all got to eat. Matt did have to take him on a walk around the mall and I did end up our in the lobby with him at one point but he ate really well so did the rest of us!
Sunday, we had a nice visit with Uncle Rob and Aunt Susan.
They were nice enough to come from NC for the day. We had such a nice visit and even had the opportunity to celebrate Aunt Susan's birthday which is on December 31st.
That evening, we went to visit a couple of houses that are on the tacky light tour. We go to these houses every year and they are close to the house.
New Year's Eve, Dick and Debbie invited us over for a very nice brunch. It was so sweet to have my family over and I know everyone enjoyed the visit. Charlie showed off the rocking horse that he loves.
That night, Mim and Pops took on Charlie duty again and the rest of us did a little NYE celebrating.
That finished up our Christmas and New Years, after a nice brunch, we had to say our goodbyes.
Charlie went over to spend time with Grandpa and Grammie while Matt and I undecorated and cleaned a little.