Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas! Part III...

Woo hoo! I finally got to the Christmas day post! This will be the longest BY FAR because we did so much in one day, but it was certainly a culmination of all of the days surrounding Christmas that made it all so much fun. I had a lot of expectations surrounding Christmas day with Colin opening his gifts from Santa, but the whole experience didn't quite live up to that this year...don't get me wrong, I had a LOT of fun with him Christmas morning, but I DID think he would be more into ripping and opening than he was. He has definitely enjoyed all of his gifts (our family rom is evidence of that) and maybe it was just the fact we took him from bed to the tree to open gifts...

Colin crawled down the hall to check out what Santa had left for him. If you ask him what Santa says...he says "ho ho ho" (will show you that video in another post!) which I think is the cutest thing ever!

...All of the presents from Santa Claus! He was good to everyone this year!

He wasn't sure where to start and definitely liked helping Daddy pull his gifts out of his stocking.

Check out his new table! This was a recommendation from one of his therapists which Santa immediately jumped on and I really like it except I think it makes him nervous since his feet don't touch the floor. I'm going to take another blog friend's advice and put a stool under his feet so he will be more comfortable when sitting there.


Is this where I eat?? (Obviously not because when Mommy tried to give him pancakes at the table, he just threw them on the floor. When I switched him to the high chair, was a perfect little angel.)


The easel was another suggestion by Colin's physical therapist (notice Santa jumped on all of these suggestions) with hopes that it would encourage more standing. He's been iffy so far, but also because he has been iffy about how long he wants to stand up for...

Once you asked Colin to help rip, he was pretty into it....

Thanks Santa! I like my gifts!!

Family self-portrait in front of the tree!

Ok, so brace yourself for major cuteness! I couldn't stop laughing from the moment I got him into this outfit. It was by far my most favorite outfit Colin has worn to date! We tried to put him in his chair to take pictures, but he thought it was also "cute" to just dive/freefall out of the chair forward (fortunately Mommy is quick) expecting that he would be caught...so that picture shoot didn't last long...


So we had to switch to the couch, but I couldn't get ONE normal smiling picture from him...although some of these are pretty cute.

MY FAVORITE :)
Christmas morning was exhausting apparently, so Colin decided to take a snooze on his way to my Grandparents house. We have been celebrating Christmas at their house for as long as I can remember and the number of people found there has certainly grown throughout the years. It's the ONE time of year where it's pretty much guaranteed to find everyone from my Mom's side of the family in one place at one time...what a tradition!

My Grandfather is 86 years old and served in World War II. It's amazing to see my little boy on his lap and I feel so lucky that Colin still has 3 great-grandparents in his life! Poppy, as I have always called him, was singing War tunes to Colin (the fun ones) and Colin was very intently listening along. It was so cute!

Colin had a lot of fun and took to exploring Grandma and Poppy's house. The have 2 steps down into the dining room from the kitchen which Colin took without a second thought, face forward, even though it wasn't the smoothest way down.

Posing with my little boy...

After Grandma and Poppy's house, the next stop was my parent's house so that we could exchange gifts amongst my siblings and with my parents. Some of my most classic family pictures growing up were in front of the fireplace, so we had to get a few...

Uncle Tim...
Aunt Kimmy...
Uncle Pat...


Nana and Grandad...

...we are starting to get better with taking pictures of us again. When I go through all of my pictures to frame some, it's hard to find pictures of just Chris and I anymore!

Colin got a new piano from Nana and Grandad and had fun rocking out...his first piano recital!



It also encouraged standing!

Ta Da!!
Next he was off trying another gift from Aunt Kimmy which was a ride on car. Unfortuately, lazy man likes being pushed instead of propelling himself which we know he can do!

He was a great help at opening gifts the rest of the night!

Snuggling with Aunt Kristine...
After Colin went to bed, we had a fun time playing RLC (I think that's the order of the initials)...it's a great game!

What a fun three days we had! Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!!

5 comments:

Nana said...

Oh it was definitely lots and lots of fun!!!! It was great having all of my family together! Love, Nana

Deanna said...

glad you had a wonderful Christmas! love, love, love the pics of Colin in his little man suit. (-: what a handsome little boy!

Rochelle said...

What a great Christmas Colin! Love the GQ duds and that piano recital....good stuff!!

Jenny said...

This was the cutest post!! Colin looks like such a big kid sitting at his little table, it makes him look so grown up!! Loved the pictures of him all dressed up, he is such a handsome fellow! And the piano video, oh my gosh, SOOO CUTE!!!

Michelle said...

what a busy and fun day! he's adorable in his suit!