About time for some holiday recap!!! So here you have it. The Schmidt kids had an awesome Christmas season. We saw so many people, got so many gifts and ate a whole lot of delicious vegetables….I mean cookies….
COOKIES!!!!! Speaking of cookies, here are some pics of our now annual cookie bake with the LaRocks, whereupon Mommy, Grammy and Aunt Val try to make an many cookies as possible in about 5 hours, as everyone else runs around behind them like a chicken with their head cut off. And Daddy sweeps about a million sprinkles off the floor.
Tasty. Now we have Amelia and her current basket obsession. Sometimes she empties them out (usually when they are holding a load of clean, folded clothes) and sits in them. She calls herself “Basket Baby”. Other times she puts random items in them and pushes them around. Here she is with one of the nativity sets in tow.
On the morning of Christmas Eve, Mommy, Daddy, Ryan and Amelia shared some gifts. Mainly it was an excuse to give Ryan a super cool Star Wars lego book that Mommy and Daddy knew would keep him REAL busy on the way to New Jersey… Also worth noting, for the first time Ryan went Christmas shopping (at school) and surprised each of us with a thoughtful gift. Mommy got a beautiful bracelet, Daddy got a baseball ornament and keychain and Amelia got a Minnie Mouse night light. Great job, Ryan!
Well, the book worked and the trip up to Jersey was relatively uneventful. But our day in Jersey was very eventful!!! Ryan and Amelia got to spend time with the lovely Abigail…and oh yeah, everyone else. But these little kids are so adorable that they really steal the show. It is so fun to watch them play whenever they’re together. It was also fun to see how EXCITED they were at their gifts!! Ryan had an awesome reaction to his gift from Grandma and Pa, which Aunt Kelly captured here.
Since Christmas Eve Ryan and Amelia have had a lot of fun playing with their new toys. Amelia especially loves her vanity and pony set, and Ryan is still hooked on his AT AT walker, or dog, or chicken, which he also pretends that it is from time to time.
Which leads us to CHRISTMAS MORNING!!! Ryan and Amelia both got a good night’s sleep (ha.) and woke up to find major loot left by Santa. We had so much fun opening gifts and stockings and building said gifts on the kitchen table for hours. And hours. Thank God we had to take a break to head over to Mom mom and Pop pop LaRock’s house for a few hours to eat and open more presents….and when we got home we did more building. Buy stock in Lego, people. Ryan and Daddy are obsessed.
And last but not least, the day after Christmas at Grammy and Pop pops. More gift insanity!!! More cousin mayhem!!! And of course, more adorable outfits. We enjoyed sharing baby Ryder’s first Christmas with him and of course loved running around with Ava and Jackson. And Uncle Joe, because he is usually in the middle of it. Ryan loved getting his Kindle and Amelia adores her Bitty Baby. She carries her around all the time, and Ryan says he is her Daddy. We just tell him that’s cute, and someday when he’s older, we will use it as ammunition.
And that’s it! Our Christmas in a (rather large) nutshell! We hope you enjoyed the holidays as much as we did. You can find the rest of our pictures here.