The favorite gift for both boys was their Legos. Finn is always trying to swipe Liam's Lego creations, so we finally bought him some Duplos. He had a little extra swagger in his step as he realized he now too can build cars, trucks, trains, airplanes just like big brother. And Liam was gifted with two new Lego sets of his own. With more pieces than ever. He will build & rebuild for days, and Finn will still try to get his hands on all the little pieces. The Duplos are perfect for him, but he still knows that are not quite the real deal!
We spent most of our morning opening presents and watching the snow fall, hoping it would let up at some point so we could get out and shovel before nap time. It snowed all night Christmas Eve and well into Christmas Day, so we had 8 inches of freshly fallen snow. One of the most beautiful white Christmases I have ever had. It always adds an extra layer of magic to the morning. And it's the perfect motivation to get outside. It was Finn's first time experiencing the snow blower, and he was quite skeptical. First he stared, then he started calling for Conor to be "done! done!" Everything comes in twos right now. Liam wanted to shovel right next to the snow blower, so he took a fair about of snow to the face.
Naps were had all around, and then I found myself scrambling to help Conor finish preparing our Christmas feast. Our neighbors arrived while I was still in pajamas! I did manage a wardrobe change during appetizers. Occasionally throughout the day, I missed our extended families. Missed a bit of the bustling around. But staying home all day for the first time ever was something pretty special too. And finishing off the night with our "Utah family" (neighbors) was such a lovely way to end the holiday. Finn went to bed early, so Conor & I had time with just Liam to play a new game and hear all his thoughts on his 4th Christmas. The best Christmas!
While often those post holiday blues hit the day after Christmas, it was not the case this year! Once again, the morning was filled with all the new toys. Again, we had nowhere to rush to. We had talked about skiing but knew that the mountain would just be packed. Instead, we opted to take the boys sledding. Apparently everyone else had decided to sled too, because I have never seen the hill quite so crowded. Still, the sun was shining, our cheeks & noses were bright pink, and we were soaking in all that fresh air & snow. It nearly felt like Christmas Part 2. And I know the boys just love having Conor home for so many days in a row! Lucky for them, Christmas is not even close to over, nor is this time with Daddy. He's taking a week long vacation, and we are heading up to Washington to visit my family and celebrate with them. More delicious food, more thoughtful gifts. But best of all, more family time!