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Christmas was magical. Sunday was Christmas with the Kohlmanns, with too much food, generous gift giving, and a couple of very silly toddlers. Monday was a prep day at my mom’s house, mass, then a mini-Christmas celebration with Steve and the girls at our house. Christmas day was the big Marks Family holiday, again with too much food, generous gift giving, and a couple of very silly toddlers. Here are a handful of highlights (the few that I caught on camera):
|Our first celebration was with Steve’s extended family, on Sunday. It was a beautiful day for a drive.|
|We had tons of fun hanging out with the Kohlmanns. Steve’s aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, and grandparents are all lovely people.
Left to right: Great Grandma, Veronica, Grandpa, Grandma, Clarissa, Great Grandpa
|Clarissa and Grandpa Kohlmann|
|The girls and Bubba, before heading to Christmas Eve mass. My mom made the dresses that Veronica and Clarissa are wearing.|
|Steve took dozens of photos of the girls and me together, and this is the best we got. I don’t have any of Clarissa and me, in which you can see both our faces.|
|Wearing new Christmas jammies and eagerly waiting to open their presents.|
|Clarissa loved her new blocks.|
Veronica got Colorforms (the same set Auntie Sarah had as a kid).
We were at my mom’s all day on Tuesday. We even spent the night and stayed all of yesterday. Somehow, I got very few pictures over the two days.
Auntie Margaret gave C and V this turtle nightlight, which projects the stars and moon on the ceiling. Despite being a nightlight, the girls played with it more than any other present they got on Christmas day.
Bubba made C and V new pjs and bathrobes for Christmas. They turned the girls into super snugglers.
Auntie Kristie and Veronica, who is wearing the nightie Bubba made for her.
We put V in her bathrobe and she soon settled in on Cousin Hannah’s lap, to play on the Kindle. Before long, Veronica was zonked out. Christmas makes a baby tired!