Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Our First Christmas with Abram

I know I'm a whole month late in posting our Christmas blog, but at least it's done now, right?!?!
We had an AMAZING first Christmas with Abe. It was so great to view Christmas through his eyes this year. We were reminded over and over again how blessed we are to have him in our home this year after waiting for him for four years!

Our Christmas season always kicks off with my favorite Thanksgiving tradition of eating pancakes for dinner on Thanksgiving Eve. As you can tell by the picture, Abe was thrilled to be eating pancakes for his dinner. Who doesn't enjoy that?

The day after Thanksgiving we started our own Morris family tradition of cutting down our Christmas tree. Abe had no idea why his dad was cutting down a tree and stuffing it into the back of our car, but he had a fun time running around the tree farm. :)

Abe standing in front of our tree AND pointing to the snowmen on his shirt. :)

Daddy and Abe with this years tree!

Yes, I had to take a picture with this great sign!

The finished product. Abe loved it!
Monterey and Pacific Grove are such great towns to live in, especially during Christmas! It seemed like there was an event each week to go to whether it was the Christmas Tree Lightings (there were 3 different events), Light Parade, or the watching the Sailboats on Parade.  We tried to go to as many as we could.  There is also a family amusement park here that had wonderful Christmas lights on display. I think that was our favorite!
Love this picture of my two favorite guys!

Snow! During the Charlie Brown show at Gilroy Gardens.

Another tree lighting...

Serious family picture at Gilroy Gardens

And of course a silly family picture of the three of us!

We had our own small Christmas at home before traveling.  It was fun to teach Abram how to open gifts and that they are actually for him to keep. After the second one, he got the hang of it and had fun playing with his gifts! So fun to watch!
Abe showing Daddy his new Thomas books.

Going after another present!
Of course the highlight of our trip was being in Louisiana for Christmas! My niece and nephew, Ella and Cade, hadn't met Abe yet. My sister said they were counting down the days to meet their cousin.  It was great to watch the three of them play! Such sweet memories!
Abe, Gram and I had lunch with Ella at school. Ella loved having Abe at recess with her!

Their first night together!

I think they might like each other!

So sweet!

Here are some more of my favorite pictures from our Christmas trip...

Family picture on Christmas morning

Decorating Christmas cookies for the first time. He loved it and didn't want any help!

The whole family around the table

Christmas Eve service... I think this is one of my absolute favorite pictures. It was such a special time!

Of course we had to travel to Natchitoches to see the lights! 

All the cousins
We had an amazing Christmas season... It's always an exciting time of year, but this year was even more special with Abram! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, too!