I love December and Christmas time. And this year was no different! We had a lot of fun getting into the Christmas spirit and starting new traditions with our little family. Here's a recap:
Kolton LOVED the Christmas lights. He would get really excited when we turned on the Christmas tree and lights around the house. He also loved driving around at night, looking at all the lights. It definitely kept him occupied while driving! We would constantly hear "ights" and "oohhh" coming from the backseat as we passed houses with lights. Poor kid doesn't quite understand what happened to all the lights now that Christmas is over.
Kolton also enjoyed "helping" us decorate Christmas cookies. He ate the cookies faster than we could decorate them!
I don't know how much Kolton enjoyed this, but I really enjoyed dressing him in Christmas outfits/colors.
We took new family pictures and sent out this Christmas card: (I know the picture quality is horrible, but you get the gist!)
Can you tell a difference with Kolton in these pictures??
Yep, the Santa curse came over Kolton this year. He definitely didn't like being in the same room as Santa. If you show him a picture of Santa, he gets excited and says "santa", but seeing him in person makes his skin crawl. He even had two chances to like him, but it was no use. I kept trying to explain to him that Santa is nice and brings you presents, but he didn't listen. Maybe next year...
The week before Christmas, we went with Ryan's mom, dad, brother and sister-in-law to the coast to get away for a couple days. California had been getting a lot of rain, so it wasn't the best weather, but it was still a nice mini-vacation away from home.
We stayed in California for Christmas this year. It was low-key and very relaxing. We got to start our little family traditions for Christmas Eve and Christmas day. It was a lot of fun. For Christmas Eve, we relaxed most of the day, had a nice dinner and then went to watch a light show that a house in the area puts on. Kolton enjoyed it for the first 15 minutes, but started to lose interest after (it was over 30 minutes long). We came home and then opened our Christmas Eve presents, which are always jammies. Here is Kolton in his jammies before he went to bed:
We woke up Christmas morning and I made Ryan carry on the Oldroyd tradition of starting a fire, turning on Christmas music, and ringing a bell to let us know we could come down and open presents. It is now a Waters tradition, whether he likes it or not! :) We learned our lesson last year and definitely cut back on presents for Kolton. Kolton still wasn't old enough to really get excited when he saw his presents, but he helped open everyone and has enjoyed them all. Kolton got a play tent with balls, a table and chairs, an Elmo chair, a pillow pet, a couple Elmo DVD's, and some clothes, along with some smaller stalking stuffer gifts.
After we opened presents and played for a little while, we went over to Ryan's parents house and had breakfast and opened more presents there. Then we came back home to put Kolton down for a good nap before heading back over to their house for dinner after Kolton woke up.
It was a very nice, relaxing day. I need to be better at taking family pictures, so next year I will get one! I am already excited for next year!
Can you tell he loves Elmo? He kept this outfit on ALL day (even his slippers and at times, his Elmo sweater)
Exhausted after a fun-filled day!