This one became obsessed with Rudolph and every day repeatedly asked to watch "Rudolph the Reindeer Nose". She even sang the song that way. So strange, that kid.
|Vi, Rudolph, Hermy|
We started our holiday fun with a quick trip to Nashville for what we lovingly refer to as "Cousin Christmas". There are 7 of them, and they are nuts.
|best we could get|
|the little ones (minus Levi who is still too small)|
|the big boys|
We had fun with the family, and Violet got to wear her party dress while Jeremy moaned about wearing dress-up shoes.
|LOVE for Granddaddy and Nana!|
It is interesting to note that this is also the moment when we found out Jeremy had the flu. Yes, out of town and after spending many hours with a house full of babies. Oops! Luckily (I guess?), he had apparently had the flu for over 4 days at this point (and his awesome parents did not even notice), so really he was fine. Soo, parenting lesson learned and flu... not so scary. For the record, Jeremy did have the flu mist, so this was a mutated strain that did not hit him too hard.
On Christmas Eve, we met up with our friends Teddi and Jared and celebrated the holiday with their kiddos.
|the girls - all dressed alike!|
I always make a huge Christmas feast (Boldreghini gravy, cherry almond creme pies, broccoli casserole, deviled eggs) and my family is not big enough to eat it all. So, I brought it all over to the Walker House! I brought food, and Teddi provided a billion games.
|playing dreidel, which Jeremy loved|
|homemade Christmas crackers full of little toys!|
|Jeremy found the pickle hidden in the tree and won a prize!|
|I have no idea|
|decorating cookies for Santa|
|performing Let It Go (of course)|
|Dance! Dance! Jeremy shows some mad skills at dubstep|
That night we opened the pajamas (except Violet, who found hers earlier in the month and therefore got a robe) and set out our cookies for Santa. Daddy read The Night Before Christmas and giggling kids made the their way to bed for the longest night of the year (or so it always seemed to me as a kid waiting for Christmas morning).
|Titans pants! Elsa gown! Red robe added at last minute due to snooping kid!|
|cookies and hams|
|Daddy is the best reader|
But morning did indeed come and that jolly ole Santa left some awesome treats!
Jeremy got a new (used) XBOX 360 with a bunch of games. He was SO pumped. He kept saying that he had HIS OWN game system. I love that he is still at an age where we can buy a used system and games off Craig's List and he is totally fine not having the newest model. Love that kid and his excitement.
Jeremy had to pull this one out of a deep sleep when I wouldn't let him inspect the presents without her, so it took her a minute to fully wake up. The first thing she really noticed was Olaf. And boy did he ever get some warm hugs! Then she zeroed in on the HUGE box of princesses and made me immediately open it so that she could hold all of them. By the way, thanks to Dani and my mom for finding a deal on this and helping to pay for it. She LOVES these dolls.
We opened our 8 million presents from family and spent the rest of our holiday playing video games (let's be honest, the XBOX is as much for Brian as Jeremy) and playing princess.
|Elsa and Anna weren't in the big box (gasp!) so we had to wrap those separately|
|Love a UT staff discount|
|New princess dress from Nona - and matching new Cinderella doll from the big box|
|Lego robot (made entirely by J with no help) from Dani|
I hope each of you had an equally wonderful and fun-filled Christmas!! Lots of love from the Hoppers!!