(thanks to my older brother for capturing photos that evening!)
Christmas morning we were off and running and headed to one of my aunt's house for the extended family gathering. The babies did wonderfully and everyone helped in keeping up with them as they ran around and explored the house. We fed them a pre-packed lunch in their strollers and then they actually stayed in them while we did the Chinese Christmas Tree (always fun with my fam!) and remained entertained with wrapping paper and stuffed animals.
The next day, we stayed warm and cozy at home and enjoyed our own family Christmas in the morning. We gave the babies their gifts from mommy and daddy as well as a few others that friends had gifted them. The quads love the new climbing structure, it has been used constantly and we couldn't be happier with it! That was their big gift from us, along with smaller gifts like Bubble Guppies books, stuffed animals, a tea pot set for the girls, tow truck and cars for Harrison and stocking stuffers like hair brushes and headbands for the girls (they love them!), a mini choo-choo train for Harrison and fudge cookies for everyone.
The husband's parents, younger brother and grandmother all came over that afternoon and his dad helped assemble the gym set. We had a blast watching their faces when we brought them down from naps to their new toy and enjoyed seeing them explore it. Pizza and pasta for dinner and a little TV watching later and we were all off to bed!
New Year's Eve saw us take a visit to the husband's grandpa's house for the afternoon where we let the kids around in his spacious backyard, look at the goats next door, eat fried chicken for dinner and make chocolate chip cookies in his grandpa's oven. For a man of 93, he doesn't miss much! He was asking all sorts of fun questions about the babies and really enjoyed seeing them explore his house. The husband and I had the babies dressed for bed before we left and put them to sleep as soon as we walked in the house then settled down with a movie and wine and were asleep by 12:30am!
It was the perfect way to close out the holiday season for 2013 and now we've embarked on what we hope to be a consistent 2014, with a year full of possibilities before us!