We had a fantastic time this past weekend. Christmas is magical with kids around. And, I have to say, I love it even more now with a toddler and a baby. It's like Lola is showing Millie how great this time of year is as well (even though Millie has absolutely no idea what is going on).
Our trip started, of course, with the four-hour car ride. Made easier this time around due to an early present from Ray to Lola (although one could easily argue it was a gift more so for himself).
Lola was so tuned into her in-car DVD system that she cried when we stopped for ice cream three hours in (Millie needed a bottle).
We actually had three Christmas get-togethers, although I didn't take any pictures at the first with my Grandma Jacquie, which is sad. But I get busy and I forget...
But it was wonderful seeing family that we do not meet up with often enough...
The next Christmas was at Ray's parents' house, where Lola got to play with her cousins.
It always takes her a little while to warm up to people, but once she did, man, she had a blast.
The third Christmas was at my parents' place.
Again, it is always a joy to see the younger ones playing together.
Millie had fun, too.
Another attempt at picture of us girls. One of these years...
Daddy and Lola.
And of course there were presents...
Which led to even more playtime!
And some non-toy playtime, too.
It was a wonderful Christmas.
We came home on Monday. And, immediately, we celebrated our own little Wesley Christmas. Which meant sweatpants, a few sparkling beverages, and, for Lola, her leotard (don't ask).
A nice relaxing day. Opening gifts and, for Ray, three hours of assembly time (thanks mostly to the train table).
Millie got presents, too, but she mostly just loved the gift wrap.
So one Christmas weekend down, one more to go. We have one more Christmas this coming weekend in the Cities (our third Cities trip in three weeks) at my older brother's place with my dad.
So, even though we took down our Christmas decor the moment our kids' heads hit their pillows Monday, Christmas, for us, continues.
'Tis the season...