Monday, December 27, 2010


We did a few good things this year making Christmas wonderful!!
1. We spread out the holidays!
2. We were home on Christmas morning :)
3. We followed this schedule play, rest, eat.... and then repeat!

The bad....
We spoiled our children and allowed others to do the same-- now we are paying for it a bit! But hey, Christmas only comes once a year!!

We started with Greg's family! We had them over the weekend before Christmas to celebrate. They of course showered Ivy and Tula with gifts galore- everything from a video baby monitor to all things baby doll! Our family gift came early.... a bright red canoe. We can't wait until spring to take it out together!

Over the next few days we soaked up every ounce of time with UnK *who has requested it no longer be spelled UNC because is a die hard UK fan* and Esie. We had a great time hanging out and Ivy got her fair share of time playing with her two favorite people. We did Christmas over a two day period at Nana and Pops house. Once again our girls (and the Mommy and Daddy) enjoyed all their gifts.... the favorites a Disney Doll Carriage and Sophie the giraffe! (Tula will also be enjoying a new high chair when eating time comes just around the corner!)

On Christmas Eve morning we checked some great things off the list at home....
* Opened PJ's from Mommy and Daddy!
* Opened our last Advent book and chocolate :)
* Fed the reindeer
And we headed to Louisville to love on our wonderful extended family!

We came home late Christmas Eve and hopped into bed so Santa could come before our early riser woke up! Christmas morning was so relaxing..... Santa made his debut leaving toys and stockings full of goodies. We were able to be home all day playing and cooking! That evening Ivy and Tula had both sets of grandparents over to celebrate Jesus' birthday with a meal and a birthday cake complete with an Ariel candle. :) Overall, it was an amazing Christmas for our family and hope it was for your family too!

If you are still reading.... WOW!.... you made it through possibly the longest post ever! Praise Jesus you won't have to read another post like that until next year!


  1. What a whirlwind! I'm sure Ivy enjoyed every minute of it. Her 2 outfits are absolutely adorable. I'd love to have them both in my size (:

  2. so sweet! :)

    merry christmas smorstads! (and joneses)

    (p.s. i want babies..hahaha...kind of kidding...kind of not)

  3. Glad I got to share many of these memories with you--awesome Christmas!

  4. Sounds like a terrific time! Your family is just adorable! :)

  5. Sounds like you had a great Christmas!

  6. Looks like you all had a great Christmas! I can't wait to start lots of Christmas traditions with Baby G next year! :)

  7. I loved the post. I think it is fun when you post pics and tells us all about the life of your little ones. Sounds like it was a wonderful Christmas.

  8. Looks like you all has a blast. Our girls were spoiled too! I love Tula's outfit (the one that looks like someone made it) and Ivy looks beautiful in her red outfit. Such precious girls. And Sophie is the best...I can hardly wait to see how much she likes it in a month or so.


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