i’m excited to share some photos from our christmas here in new york city! josh’s parents came to town to celebrate the holiday with us and i swear every christmas just feels more and more special as the kids are such fun ages for all the festivities. i love this holiday so much which is probably why there are a million photos below from christmas eve and christmas day. it’s a fun one to take pictures and videos of and always remember.
christmas eve started out with josh making about 4 batches of his favorite ginger cookies, which he only eats at christmastime (usually washed down with a mexican coke, something else he only has at christmastime since he only drinks water and nothing else throughout the year). we delivered some to all our neighbors in our apartment building and i’m sure the kids had a few, too, but you guys, there were approximately 0 ginger cookies left by christmas day. josh davis knows how to put them away. i honestly don’t know how he doesn’t get sick of them after one or two, but he doesn’t.
taking after his papa with his love for all things ginger and cookies, this little guy sampled a bite of a ginger cookie we left out for santa claus on christmas eve! he even drank half of santa’s milk! it was kind of adorable considering he would not touch the carrots because those were for the reindeer and conrad LOVES rudolph and the reindeer so much.
a baby bump picture from christmas eve sunday! always love when the holiday falls around the sabbath because singing all of the christmas hymns with everyone at church is one of my favorite things.
everyone, including panda, on christmas eve!
and in our christmas jammies on christmas morning! (for those who have asked, our matching pajamas are from here. we aren’t into star wars, or anything!)
i made some fresh blueberry muffins earlier on in the morning so everyone had something in their tummies as they opened gifts, and after all the gift unwrapping, we ate quiche together as the morning slowed down.
for christmas this year, i surprised josh with a vintage baritone saxophone! he had mentioned in passing last summer that if i ever wanted to get one for him, he wouldn’t oppose. i tried so hard to play it cool when he told me this and acted like i hardly heard him, meanwhile in my head i was like, “WHAT?! FINALLY! HE’S TELLING ME SOMETHING HE ACTUALLY WANTS! FINALLY!!!!!!” because this guy is the hardest guy to buy anything for. i reached out to one of his friends that he’s played the saxophone with in the past to ask if he could point me in the right direction for what kind or where to look… it was rather funny because i was like, “i’m wanting to buy josh a saxophone for christmas…” and he was all, “i’m assuming a baritone saxophone, right?” (i had no idea, actually. i was like, “yeeeesssssss. that’s what i meant.” ;) anyway, it all worked out (i hid it at our neighbors place until i wrapped it and hid it in our place on christmas eve) and his face said everything! i’m so excited for all the jam sessions that are going to go down in our home now!
one of the things that makes christmas so special with kids, are all the sweet homemade gifts they work so hard on for one another. the best part, is eleanor and samson worked hard on their gifts for each other without ever letting the other know what they were making and they somehow made practically the same gift for one another (model magic molded into a heart with the words “i love you”)! the gesture was the sweetest thing and their reactions on christmas morning were very sweet. proud of them for being such good siblings to one another and for the hard work and love they put into all of their gifts for everyone.
me and my little heart eleanor made me for christmas!
the oversized adorable heart samson made for eleanor!
for conrad’s gift, samson built him a special lego skyscraper and i swear i took a photo of it but can’t find it in my batch of pictures from christmas day. we just bought krazy glue (which josh and the kids call “kragle”) because samson wants to glue it to keep it altogether for conrad! another adorable gesture that made me so happy to see.
we’ve got an accordion and drums to add to the roster of instruments for our family band!
eleanor made conrad a snowman out of model magic for his christmas gift!
this puppet from nana has been such a big hit!
my dad made the kids this cool star that lights up based on sound around it. they love it!
i love that quiet period christmas afternoon where everyone is busy with their new gifts. the kids painted all afternoon (art supplies are always a hit over here) and sweet conrad (whose sickness really started to show around christmas afternoon) couldn’t get enough of just sitting contently at the art table with his red paper, his red paint brush and his red paint (his favorite color, if you couldn’t tell), and painting away. it was the only thing he wanted to do besides have one of us hold him.
hope you had a very merry christmas and end to 2017! it’s absolutely crazy to me to think about what christmas will look like over here next year with two little baby girls in the mix! josh and i went to the hospital yesterday for another routine ultrasound and every single time i see them up on that screen, i can’t stop smiling. the very best christmas gift i could ever ask for. so thankful for my family and another holiday we were able to spend together, healthy (for the most part) and happy.