It all started last weekend with our massages on Saturday. That was nice to get out together and start the holiday off right! On Sunday, we celebrated with Waylon's extended family over at Aunt Andrea's house. Lots of good food and good times.
On Christmas Eve, we stuck close by the house and did some cleaning and more relaxing. I made a yummy dinner and was very excited about cooking a whole chicken (I'd never done that before) with real gravy! :-)
Christmas morning, we were up bright and early... Noah must have been excited that Santa came... hm, what's his excuse every other day? :-) Noah opened his presents from Santa and was actually pretty excited and interested.
After his first morning nap, we left for Nana and Grandad's house. They had so many great toys ready for Noah! One of his favorites is the Fisher Price Little Superstar Sing Along Stage. I don't know if sitting in front of that thing for the past few days has helped this or not, but his sitting up has dramatically improved in the past few days. Waylon and I also got some great presents and it was so much fun giving, too! Noah gave Nana and Grandad and Aunt Andrea mugs with his hand and footprints on them. Earlier in December, Noah and I went with some other Moms and kids to Amazing Glaze to make them. I was so excited to give those presents!!
In the afternoon, we came back home just in time for Grandma and Papa to show up. They had been at my Gramma's for Christmas Eve night. Around 5:00, Waylon's parents and Andrea and Sean came back to our house and we had a fabulous dinner at our place. Again, I was so excited about dinner (although I didn't do much for this... everyone brought something!) and it was so fun to light candles and set a nice table and all be together on Christmas night. Noah napped during dinner which worked out pretty well. He woke up just as we were finishing, so Aunt Andrea fed him his Christmas dinner (sweet potatoes and applesauce!) while we were all still sitting at the table.
On Wednesday morning, we got up, packed up and headed off to my parents' place at Lake Gaston. Aunt Leah and Uncle Casey met us there that afternoon and we celebrated with them! Noah gave them their mugs with his hand and footprints on them. So fun! Lots of good food and good presents yet again! Noah (yet again!) got lots of fun presents including a toy box - much needed after all the toys he received!! Waylon and I also got some great things! Surprisingly, we weren't forgotten! :-) HAHA.
We actually took Seger with us - the first trip with him since Noah has been born. It was obvious that he was very excited and thankful to be along for the ride. :-) On Thursday afternoon, my dad wanted to start the boat since it hadn't been used since the fall. It was actually a pretty nice day, too so my dad, Seger and I went out on the boat. Seger loved that. He also likes to open presents. When we were opening presents on Wednesday night, Seger decided it was his turn and went over to the tree and picked one out... it was actually his (and not treats). We still aren't sure how he knew it was his... from what we can tell, it didn't smell at all. Anyway he liked that toy so much that on Thursday, he just picked it up, hopped on the couch and just sat there with it in his mouth. It was so cute.
Anyway, all in all, it was a great holiday! Tomorrow is Waylon's last day off before he has to go back to work (he'll have Tuesday off for New Years though). It was so nice to be together for so long but now it's time to get back in the groove (and start eating better!). I only have a few weeks left before I start my new job, too! I have mixed feelings about that.... it's going to be an adjustment but it will be good once we get into that groove! :-)