This was our first year to celebrate Christmas at home with our kids. Well, except for the year we had the blizzard, but we were totally unprepared for that one! This year was so much fun! I was a little lazy to make cookies for Santa so we left him cake that I had made earlier in the week. I cut a circle piece out for Piper to frost and decorate! She really enjoyed that plus she loved sneaking a bites of sprinkles too!
We did leave the reindeer some carrots to munch on as well as they waited for the Big Guy to finish up in our house!
Piper received these fake glasses in her stocking and wore them to a restaurant the other night! Ha! We got a few looks!! Michael kept asking her 'What is the square root of 9?"
Our first Christmas celebration was in Fargo at Grandma and Papa Roger's house on Christmas Eve.
Briggs was eyeing the tree all day!
All the grand kids were there. Seth, Piper, Paige, Anna, Briggs, Olivia
Briggs liked opening gifts but Piper LOVED it! She opened Briggs' presents and my presents.
Her first Barbie! She was really into the present thing this year. Fun!
Briggs was really into the tree! He was obsessed with this snowman on Grandma's tree.
Santa worked so hard he couldn't stay awake!
What?? No more presents!!!
That same day, she was able to play with her cousins. One thing they did was bake and decorate cupcakes.
This little guy looks a little mischievous!
On Monday (December 19th; 14 months) Briggs officially started walking! He's been taking two steps every so often since the week of Thanksgiving but nothing more. The first video is of him Monday night
This second video is of him at the beginning of November when he first learned how to use his walker! He can go a lot faster on his walker now! And, needs no assistance steering it like he does in the video!
Michael had to be in Pennsylvania for work for two weeks this month and we really missed having him home! We kept ourselves busy and tried Skyping so the kids could see him but there is no substitute for good ol' Daddy-O! (He did get to come home the weekend in between!) Piper really wanted to have an ice cream party for him when he got home so on Saturday we all went to the Science Museum followed by a visit to the ice cream shop!
We had a little Christmas party play date at our house last week. Three of my college friends and their kids came over for crafts, playing, and lunch. Poor Briggs was the only boy...again! Ha!
Thanks to Mendy for taking all these pictures! Also, I do realize every post recently on my blog has Piper and Briggs in the same Christmas outfit! Ha! They did wear other things during the month of December!!
We went to visit Santa for the first time ever this month! I thought this would be a good year to try it out! She seems to be less afraid of costumed things and people lately, but it just depends on where and when it is! Plus, I decided that this was a more intimate experience and we'd go with our cousins so it would help her be less afraid. In October I found out that a local cookie shop holds an annual "Cookies and Milk with Santa" event so I knew that would be perfect for her! No mall Santa for us!