Grandma got run over by a reindeer…

Yeah…not sure how it happened but that was Elias’ favorite Christmas song this year…ooops. So much for being that great mom who teaches her kid Away in a manger and such. He loves the “grandpa song”. 
Anyway, about Christmas…
I love Christmas! Marcos teases me that I start talking about being excited for Christmas in September…but I’m sure I don’t start until at least October. 😉 
We got all the grandparent’s trees up over Thanksgiving but we still had ours to do when we got home. This was the first time Elias was really interested or involved in the process at all and it was so fun. We just went to Home Depot and picked out a live christmas tree which he loved helping with.

 And then strapped it to the top of my little Kia. E was pretty concerned about the tree being up there but we all made it home without incident. 

E had to help with every bit of the process…

We got this train from my mom as one of E’s early Christmas gifts and he absolutely loved it. That thing went around the tree a bajillion times I’m sure and he would just sit there and watch it. 

 And here’s our finished product! I think I forgot to take a picture without the tree lights on but it was just pretty basic red and white ornaments that we thought looked good with the train.

Aside from decorating the tree we also did a few other Christmas-y things throughout December. We went to the Myriad Gardens here in OKC too see their Christmas lights/display. And believe it or not, they had a giant train track set up that took up a whole room! Remember, its train year. 

On our “Christmas Eve” (Christmas came early to our house), we drove out to Chickasha to see their light display which was incredible! We’d been once before but it was so much more fun with a little munchkin to enjoy it with us. He fell asleep on the way there so we had to wake him up but it was so worth it. 

He got to pet a camel at the live nativity! There was also a place to ride the camels and he may have partially escaped under the fence to “wake up the camel that’s night-night”. But daddy caught him. 🙂

He loved all the lighted tunnels and little houses you could go in and out of. He called them “Christmas houses”.  So fun. Oh and yes we took him in his pajamas and snow boots. That’s not normal? Oh well. 🙂

Then the big day was here for the little man! We got him a train set and table and of course put it all together Christmas Eve. 

And then attempted to stage him coming down the hallway so we could get it on camera. He was really confused about the whole process haha. 

But when he saw that train table I was so glad we had it on camera. 

 He loves it!

 I love this instagram pic. It just captures the whole moment for me. The tree all lit up and E and JoJo playing with the new train table. I just love it. 

Then we were off to pack for the weekend in Texas. There was lots more train fun to be had! Like watching the Polar Express with the family (while Elias provided the commentary).

Each family (cousins and all were there) got a lantern just like in the movie (yes, I have the coolest family ever). Elias called his a “lamp-tern” which was adorable of course.  

 Conductor hats…

We spent the weekend with my family and then were able to go back to be with them on Christmas day. So there were more presents to be opened!

 Gotta love him…

Plus I took my first official bump picture on Christmas day! 15 weeks! Time is flying already! More on our pregnancy story and announcement soon!

Christmas is still not technically over for us even though it is after New Year. We will celebrate with Marcos’ family this coming weekend at a Souza family reunion since we will get to see his sister and her family there. I can’t even imagine E getting more stuff! We are so blessed to have such a great family. And even more blessed to have such a great reason to celebrate this season!

Merry Christmas!


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