it's so far past Christmas, is it even legal to share this now?
oops, i am running a bit behind. sorry 'bout that!
this year was a first for guido, he got to come up to DE to share in the Christmas festivities. at first, he was all "yay, i get to come this time!"...then...he was like "are y'all serious? 12 hours in the car? what the what? imma just take a nap".
there was a whole buncha dogs to choose from at mimi's house...but gianna grabbed her favorite, koda.
and these two...😍
guido loves his aunt maddy!
roman got to go to the cryotherapy center where aunt maddy works...
this looks super chilly, huh? he says it wasn't that bad, and he felt great after. 😲
poor gianna got sick for the first few days we were there, but mimi took care of her and helped her put together a few puzzles.
i felt so bad for her, she missed out on some fun stuff and just needed her beauty sleep.
these two are 2 peas in a pod. 👫
the good thing about the colder weather up north is that you get to go do fun stuff like ice skating with your cousins...
and your dad...
he did really well, as long as he was near the edge.
he got pretty good by the time we had to go.
rylee got pretty good too!
meanwhile, back at mimi's, gianna found another doggie to love!
on Christmas Eve, gianna was feeling a bit better and just in time to go to poppop, kelli and aunt alex's house!
this boy and his eagles
the girls had fun decorating headbands
back at mimi's house that night, all the kiddos were excited to open a few presents
and the adults were excited to try aunt maddy's peanut butter cake!
look what aunt hettie and the girls gave miss G!
time for bed, we need to be asleep so santa can drop off some gifts for the good little boy and girls!
mimi and her grands
after much excitement, the kiddos finally fell asleep so santa could come and were excited to see what he brought in the morning.
look in here! bath fizzies!
a new custom glove...whaaaaat?
sporting some of their favorite presents!
down to Nana's house we go! gianna is happy to see her cousins, lilah and ady. silly girls!
gianna received this painting of her as a mermaid from aunt joyce. it looks JUST like her! what a talented aunt we have!!
silly cousin selfie!
roman gets to steal in the white elephant gift exchange
ady is so super funny, love that little girl!
josh and i were able to book an appointment to go see jay while i was home. so, first thing the day after Christmas, we headed down to smyrna. i have to say, after not laying eyes on him for over 2 years, i was so happy to be able to give him a hug and tell him face to face that i love him. we got to laugh a little and talk about how he is doing and it really did my heart good. next Christmas, he will be with us and i'm excited for that.
meanwhile, back at mommom's house, poppop put roman to work.
she's got a hard working woodstove and he helped poppop bring the wood around to the front porch so it can be easily brought inside when they need it.
uncle josh is always a fun guy to have around...especially, when you can't go outside to play. he's makes a great substitute jungle gym (or jungle josh😂)
of course, he couldn't let the kiddos have a nice picture without inserting himself...haha
gianna really loved her heart of tafiti necklace that the girls gave her.
and roman was pumped about this eagles drone!
josh always needed an extra pocket...
and doesn't cj look festive with his beverage-carry fanny pack?
i know colleen loves to drink out of styrofoam cups (just like me), so we got her some special ones with her name on them!
mommom got a pillow cover with her grandbabies' names on it. so cute!
and poppop got the essentials...a mockneck and some gloves (12 pair to last him all winter)
one of the gifts that nana got for the girls was a trip to disney on ice...i think they liked it!
ady snuggled up the whole time.
she was mesmerized and on the edge of her seat the whole time. 😍
we had a wonderful time with family and it is always a time i treasure. 'til next year!!!