Monday, January 2, 2017


Santa came during the night of course.  He brought Elle the princess guitar that she has been asking for the most. He also brought her a bunch of shopkins and also a specific My Little Pony she has been wanting.  Then Santa brought them both a really fun riding toy that has been a hit for both of the kids.  Santa brought Walker a big toy cement truck and a tool bench that he has had a lot of fun with.

We were super worried about Elle coming down in the middle of the night because it is a big issue most nights so we put a gate at the top of the stairs.  Even then we expected her to come down at 4AM.  But we were thrilled when she came down at 5 and even let us put her in our bed for another hour or so before she couldn't stand it and we woke Walker up!

So once we woke Walker up and got his pajamas changed because they were damp from his diaper we all arrived in the den to check out all the fun things Santa brought!
Santa came!
Leftover cookies from Santa.
Daddy helping Walker with his stocking.
Elle opening up some of her Shopkins.
I love this picture the most from Christmas morning.  I love how Elle has her 
little leg propped  and is holding the guitar. I love how sweet Walker is watching. 
Walker getting into opening presents.  
Elle opening one of her presents all sleepy eye.
Elle received a new Snow White dress up dress and red gloves to match.  
She was so excited she had to put it on almost immediately and wore it all day I think.
Walker playing with his tool bench.
Walker wanted to try out the guitar too.

After the kids opened their presents from us I got breakfast started and while it baked Kenny and I exchanged stockings with each other.  The last few years that is all we do and I still really enjoy it.  We always get each other an ornament and then do other small gifts.  We all sat down and had family breakfast together and then the kids spent time playing with all their new things.

Late morning my mom and sister got into town from Memphis. Elle and Walker were so excited to see them and show them their gifts too.  Then we all exchanged presents with each other.  The kids loved all the things they got from Nanee and CeCe.
Sweet picture with Elle and her Nanee.
Nanny helping Walker open up a new set of cars.
Elle with one of her new super hero girl dolls.
Kenny was super excited about his gift from Annie. A golf cart cover for the cart!
Annie got Walker a putting green which was a hit with everyone in the family!
Everyone took a turn putting on the new putting green.
Nanny sure did well shopping this Christmas because she gave Elle a Hatcnhimal too.  For look back purposes.This was the hot toy this Christmas.  They were sold out everywhere and were going for triple the cost. But I was at the West Point Walmart one day and thought I would just check and see if they had any and they had four! I snagged all four and kept one for Elle and sold the others for normal price to some of my friends.  Nannee then decided to be the one who gave it to her!
CeCe gave Walker some boy dress up clothes. A construction worker and a policeman.  
Both Elle and Walker had fun dressing up though.  I love that she 
has the police uniform over her dress.
Took a break for some lunch.

When Walker was down for a nap we decide to try and get Elle's egg to hatch.  It was really exciting at first.  You have to love on the egg, rock it and love.  Then it starts to hatch and we were super into that.  But turns out it takes a while.  Elle lost a little bit of interest so I helped it come out of its egg after a while and Elle was so happy to welcome her new little baby Hatcnhimal that she named Garrison after one of the boys in her class.
Rocking and loving on her egg.
Daddy helping to rub on the egg so it would continue to hatch!

Welcome baby Garrison!

The rest of the day was spent watching Christmas movies and tinkering with Christmas presents.  
We had our traditional chicken enchiladas for dinner. It was another great Christmas!
Had to include this picture of Walker after he enjoyed a piece of Annie's chocolate chess pie.  

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