Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Christmas Eve 2013

We've opted to host most of the holidays this year because it's so much easier to have the kids here where there are more than enough age-appropriate toys for the kids to play with (plus, I know everything is child*cough-Spencer-cough*proof. 

I love this picture so much- it cracks me up that Hayley's kids look just like her and my kids look just like me, and together, like this, they look just like our childhood pictures.

(yes, my dad was "fashionably-late" to the party, barely making it into the photo before we completely lost Spencer's attention)

The anticipation for presents was almost too much for Trace :)

(future best buds- Spencer can already say his name!)

Spencer finally got a baby of his own…and yes that does look like original Cabbage Patch Kids packaging…because IT IS. Dated 1984. Long story short, on Christmas of 1984 my cousin Alisha, Hayely and I were all given Cabbage Patch Dolls, and my mom and grandma gave one to each other (they always did think alike). This one managed to be preserved until 2014, when my mom decided to pass it on. I really hesitated to open it, but there was no way I could keep Spencer away from that baby once he realized it was for him.

I believe Adaline's love affair with horses has officially started.

I had the kids give Travis some hamburger socks from the dollar bin at Target, and Spencer completely claimed them…and he really rounded out the outfit with his new apron.

And of course I finally got a warm cozy hat for snow days on the year that we almost didn't get any snow at all.

But the best present of all came last…My Grandpa Tornquist gave every boy a Case tractor as a gift sometime around their second birthday, so my dad carried on the tradition for Spencer. Spencer LOVES Trace's tractor and looked completely stunned that there was a tractor in his house, for him. He had this look on his face for a good 5 minutes.

Since he can't reach the peddles yet, Adaline offered to be driver...

…and when she lost interest, he let his new baby take over.
Trace is ready to hit the slopes with Uncle Travis (we thought this year, buuuutttt the lack of snow pushed us off a year, so NEXT year he'll be ready!)
And Adaline now has a big-girl sleeping bag :)

Everyone says the holidays are better with young children around, and I completely agree.We had a blast!

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