This was definitely a hugely anticipated Christmas. It was the first ever for our Mr. Pickles, the first in our new home, the first time we’d ever hosted Christmas morning guests, and Woz’s first Christmas spent with her family in three years. Yes, this was one we knew would be remembered. So many pictures were taken that it would be hard to post all the good ones, so here are just a few of our favorites.
Pop and Dave arrived a little later than their expected ETA thanks to bad plane hydraulics and snow delays. After nearly 24 hours of travel time, they made it safe and sound to ABQ. They both didn’t even seem to mind being woken up early by a certain little man.
Our tree was all lit up and had lots and lots of presents waiting to be opened on Christmas morning.
Our stockings were hung by the chimney (a.k.a big TV) with care. A very special new one marked with an A made it’s debut. 😀
Then Christmas morning finally arrived. Xion was decked out in his little reindeer jammies from Great-Grams Delgado.
Here’s Mr. Pickles with his very own laptop from Grandpa Gato.
And time for a wardrobe change for the next stage of the day.
Nana and Grandpa Flint arrived with Grandma Merrill. More gifties (and mimosas!) for everyone!
A very special handmade toy chest by Grandpa Flint for our little guy.
The look on his face here. Yes, he just adores his daddy.
There were of course a lot more gifts, lots of food, and even several games of Loteria (with prizes!) to cap off the morning.
We all ended up taking naps from all the excitement. We were going to need our rest for the next couple of phases of the day. The kitties all took turns in what seemed to be the best box.
All rested and ready to head to a big family dinner! Russ’ uncle, Russ, graciously hosted all of us and then some.
After dinner we headed to the movies (a Delgado family tradition) and saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. No, not a feel good, warm, and fuzzy movie, but it was AWESOME. Definite must see! Oh, and no, Xion didn’t go. Nana and Grandpa Flint kept the little guy happy and entertained. 😀
The rest of Pop and Dave’s visit seemed to fly by (as it always does), but we had a lot of fun with them here. Games of Monopoly, episodes of Breaking Bad, yummy food, and the River of Lights kept us busy! Speaking of Monopoly, Woz’s collection got a little bigger this year.
Woz’s Uncle Danny D has been doing special projects with family photos. Since we were serious slackers and didn’t send out any cards this year, here’s a good one for all!
A random Xion photo from a dinner on the town. You know, since you never see pictures of him or anything. 😉
We said goodbye to them a couple days ago. 😦 Still hoping that the allure of 50 degree weather in December and seeing Xion on a regular basis will get them to move out here. And soon!
Oh, and we also had a professional family (Delgado and Flint) photo shoot while they were here! It was a lot of fun and we got some GREAT photos of everyone. We’ll be sure to share those when we get them.
For now, we just want to say thank you to our family. We love you all year round but there is something special about the holly day season that reminds us just how lucky we are to be surrounded by people who love us so much. We are who we are because of you and we truly appreciate everything you’ve done and continue to do for our little family. We’d be lost without you. Special extra love to Mom and Dad Flint, Dave, and Papo. You are the best family in the world and we are so very happy you got to be here for the first of many Christmases for Acenxion Russell. Big, HUGE hugs. Until next year! 😀