When Paul and I got married, we decided it would be easiest to split holidays with our parents by alternating. The first year of marriage, we spent Thanksgiving with his family, and Christmas with my family. This year, we obviously switched. We think this is the easiest way to separate out holidays, especially since my family lives 5 minutes away, and his lives 12 hours away. For Christmas this year, his family came down to Florida to stay with us. So the Monday before Christmas, his parents, brother and sister-in-law and their 2 kids packed up the cars and made the long trip from Virginia to Florida!
We had so much fun the whole week! We were really busy and on the go for most of the week! On Christmas Eve we headed out to the beach for a little while, before stopping at his Nana’s for lunch. (Yes, in Florida, we can go to the beach on Christmas Eve. It’s okay if you’re a little jealous) Then after lunch, we headed to church for the Christmas Eve service. When we got home, the first Christmas surprise was waiting for us…
Apparently, Laila was so excited for Christmas she couldn’t wait either… Fortunately, nothing was ruined except for some chocolate and candies which left her bouncing off the walls on Christmas Day. While trying to figure out who’s present was what, we found a shaver. This was the mystery present of 2014. Kelly didn’t buy a shaver for Adam. Mom didn’t buy one for Dad, and I didn’t buy one for Paul. So who’s shaver was it? It took us about 10 minutes to figure out that we were holding presents for Uncle Ronnie. This is going to be a Christmas Eve that we talk about years down the road, still laughing at the chaos our sweet, “well behaved” chocolate lab caused.
Christmas morning, Paul and I woke up at the crack of dawn (really, like 5:40am) and headed over to my parents. We’ve always done Christmas really early, and while I was still planning on having to wake everyone up, they were all waiting for us on the couch when we got there with coffee in hand relaxing and hanging out. I suppose Paul and I should have known that there had to be at least 1 kid of my sister’s that would be awake. We read the Christmas story and started opening presents, which nobody could do without the help of Kennedy saying, “Oh Auntie, I can help you open that…” and so on. Little girl knows how to sweet talk. Also, we are the corny family that decks out in onesies for Christmas. It started as a joke one year, and now it’s a tradition.
Then we headed back to our house around 8:45 just in time for everyone at our house to be waking up. Our nephew, Jackson was so excited about his presents and he could not contain his excitement. Seeing how excited our nieces and nephews get on Christmas makes me so excited for our future Christmas’s with kids.
After Christmas, we headed to Sea World! I don’t care how old you are, seeing wild animals is always cool. The dolphin show is always our favorite, but the exhibits are so fun to see. After a long day of walking though, theme parks take it out of you!
We even got a great family picture before the day ended!
It was a little chaotic with so many people in one house, but even with the chaos it was so fun having everyone in town. Paul and I really loved being able to spend Christmas with everyone, and create new memories together. It’s hard when we only get to see other a few times a year, so being able to spend a week together during the holidays was a great way to bring 2014 to a close!