Mommy Monday: Baby's First Christmas

December 29, 2014

In past years Christmas was like clock work. My siblings and I would wake up to the smell of cinnamon rolls and crisp, burning wood. My mom would bombard us with photos as my dad stoked the fire. We'd grumble and complain after the zillionth photo and beg to open our stockings. Which for some reason, was always my favorite part.

This year there was no fire, no cinnamon rolls, and no stockings. The funny thing about traditions are that they change. Once you start a family of your own, you tend to veer away from those things from your childhood. It was a little bittersweet, but this year proved that change didn't have to be a bad thing.

Christmas Eve...

When babies dont want to take photos and Grandmas do. 

Mommy & Daddy did most of the unwrapping. 

I love this photo of us. (Sister's phone)

Christmas Eve was pretty busy. Our first stop was with my side of the family, for a few hours, and then to Joshua's side. After all the hustle and bustle it was nice to go home and snuggle up in our new Christmas pjs.

Christmas Day...

Waking up Christmas morning. 

Her faces. 

We were joined Christmas morning by my mom, dad, brother, sister, sister's boyfriend, and Joshua's dad and step mom. It was a crowd, but it was perfect. My mom even went the extra mile and made us "stockings." Basically a box with little wrapped boxes inside, just like they would be in our stockings. Mad props to her creative-ness. I myself proved to be a little creative and got a few great eye rolls in the process, as I turned on the Netflix fireplace. Yea, it's a real thing, crackling and all.

My brother begged to "play Santa," those of us who still needed our morning coffee fix didn't argue. He passed out gifts, opened his gifts, and helped Penelope open a few of hers. It was the perfect Christmas morning.

Joshua, Nana (Joshua's stepmom), and Penelope. 

Our afternoon/ evening was full of great food, and company. My aunt's house is so rustic and cozy. Which makes family get togethers the best. Penny had a great time playing with her new toys as well as everyone's wrapping paper.

The family, relaxing. 

We are getting so old. (Sister's phone)

My mom & Penelope.

Christmas day ended fairly soon. We left my aunts at about 6:30, which is super early compared to years past. By that time Penny was over it. With an exhausted baby out by 7:30, Joshua and I cuddled up on the couch to watch the Maze Runner. I perfect end to a great day.

I remember thinking to myself, wow, Christmas is over. Penelope's first Christmas is over. After all the work it ends so fast. You'd think I'd be used to that by now.

 I want to know how your holiday went! 
Comment below your favorite part of your holiday! 

xo kiki

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  1. Aw this is too cute! Looks like you had a wonderful holiday!


  2. Aww your daughter looks so excited to about Christmas on Christmas morning! So cute! Traditions changed on my end too, but in a good way too!

    1. Hey it happens. We move on and start our own families and make new traditions. (:

  3. Aww looks like you had a really nice day! This year was the first year I did not wake up at my parent's house to open presents, but it was the first time I got to spend Christmas with my boyfriend, so that all made up for it!

    Natalie // Sprinkled with Pearls

    1. That's great Natalie! Not all change is bad. (:

  4. precious! loved seeing your recap!!

  5. Penelope looks so adorable! Sounds like she enjoyed her first Christmas (:

    - Deniz

    1. She was a bit over whelmed, but I'd say it was a great day. (:


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