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Holiday fun, part III

When we arrived back in Charlotte, we headed over to Nana and Pro’s for another Christmas celebration.  Thanks for the delicious dinner and wonderful gifts!

"Ooh, all that's for me?!"

Celebrating with Nana and Pro

All in all, it was a great first Christmas.  We’re so glad that Molly could see everyone and spend time with both sets of grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She is so lucky to have so many people that adore her!

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After a yummy Christmas eve dinner of filet and crab cakes, we opened gifts with Jim’s family.  Molly isn’t quite old enough to understand the unwrapping of gifts or to get really excited about her gifts, but Jim and I were plenty excited with the clothes and toys and books that Molly received.

On went the First Christmas pj’s and then off to bed…the stockings had been hung by the chimney with care and everyone knows that Santa won’t visit until all the kids are dreaming of sugarplum fairies.

That’s Santa Steve and his favorite elf.  Who knew Santa was an Ohio State fan?  After the excitement of Christmas morning, Molly went down for a nap and the three Giffin brothers and their wives engaged in a competetive gingerbread house decorating contest.  (It was my favorite kind of competition…we all got a great goody basket and bragging rights!)

Geoff and Lindsay working on their family tribute

Alisha and Jon decorating "Honey's house"

Jim's and my Christmas cottage

We waited too late to get a family photo…

Saying goodbye to Grandma and Grandpa:

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A confession

Molly Jean, your father and I have a confession to make.  With the exception of a few books and a penguin bath sponge, we didn’t buy you anything for Christmas.  To be fair, we didn’t do our usual gift exchanges with anyone.  It was a strange feeling, to not buy you some really awesome, noisy, bright infant toy for your very first Christmas. But, we figured if there was ever a year we could get away with it, it would be this year.

But trust me, love, you were not lacking for gifts…we had to buy a bookshelf tonight to put in your room to house the many, wonderful, fun gifts that were lovingly picked out just for you from your adoring fans.  Your dad is putting it together as I type, and it’s a good thing you’re already in the bed.

(On a side note, I don’t know what I was doing today… I didn’t take any pictures of you today and you had on the cuddliest fleece dress and fleece pj’s.)

More Holiday Fun posts (and pictures) to come.  We’ve been unpacking, organizing, and cuddling with Molly, and the pictures aren’t downloaded yet.  So here’s one from a few weeks ago:

"You're the best, Dad."

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It’s perfect!

Thanks, Aunt Beverly, Uncle Ben, and cousins…the bag is just the right size.

Molly's new weekend bag

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Tuesday night, we got the family together at Grandma and Grandaddy’s (my dad’s mom and dad) house for dinner and gifts.  All three Hubbard sisters and their families were able to be there, which is always fun.  Then, on Wednesday, after a visit from Aunt Whitney and Uncle Mike, Jim, Molly, and I loaded up the car and came to Virginia to see Jim’s family.  We’ve got quite the houseful with Jim’s parents; his mom’s parents – Granny and Papa; his aunt Dede and uncle Steve; and his two brothers – Geoff and Jon – and their wives -Lindsay and Alisha.

Last night, we celebrated Jim’s birthday with some of his favorite cake brought down from Ohio, courtesy of Dede and Steve.

"You missed one over here, Dad."

"She came all the way from California to see me!"

Molly and Granny

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Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

I’ve been a very good girl this year.  I eat and sleep well for my mom and dad, and I only cry when anyone other than my mom holds me.  🙂  Please bring me lots of fun gifts.

Love,

Molly Jean

We went to Breakfast with Santa with the family Sunday morning.  Of course, we made Molly and her cousin Addison sit on Santa’s lap together.  It is absolutely necessary that they share life’s major milestones with each other.

Don’t they just seem overjoyed with the excitement of Christmas?

On the other hand, Jackson and Benjamin – especially Benjamin – are counting down the days.  Their excitement is so fun and contagious, and I know it won’t be long until Molly is on Santa’s lap asking for the newest cool toy.  I will say that although the boys are looking forward to seeing what Santa has brought them on Friday morning, they also understand what the season is really about.  They went grocery shopping with us to get canned goods for a local food bank (what a sight that must have been…three adults, two babies, and two boys hanging off the grocery carts!) and then shopping with their mom to get toys to take to one of the local children’s hospitals.  So of course, I am glad that Molly has great role models that will help instill in her their sense of charity and compassion.

May the magic of the season always live in your heart.

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