I say Ashton's Christmas, because this year was ALL about Ashton. I thought I'd feel bad for him having a birthday so close to Christmas and that he would get looked over. Boy was I wrong (at least for now) his birthday and Christmas all just sort of blended together this year. He kept getting more and more presents leading up to Christmas day, which came with even more presents. He sure is a spoiled and loved little boy.
Our trip to Florida was supposed to be part of our family Christmas present so we tried to keep things more simple. I decided to do a count down to Christmas, everyday Ashton and Jason had to find a piece to the paper chain which either told us what activity we were doing or had a treat attached to it. We were able to do so many fun things: Festival of Trees, decorate cookies, setting up our Christmas tree, visiting santa from a far away safe distance, Dickens Christmas Festival, arts and crafts, Christmas lights, watch Christmas movies, read books, drink hot chocolate, donate presents, date night for Mom and Dad, etc. Ashton got his own nativity set to play with on one of the days, I loved his version of how it all happened. Wiseman in palm trees and donkeys on roofs.
The Millward Christmas party was also one of our activities. Ashton won a goldfish at the White Elephant, and by won I mean he cried until he got it. He has since named it (tongue click) ya know like the sound your tongue makes when you click it against the roof of your mouth... no idea where he came up with that.
But he really loves his little fish.
Santa also joined the party.
Unfortunately Jason had to work lots of nights and weekends, we have kind of switched places in that aspect. Jason had to work on Christmas so Christmas Eve we headed to the Beckstrand's to drop off presents since we wouldn't be there for the gift exchange the next day. Ashton got to open his presents early while we were there, which led to all of us opening our presents, and then when we got home we ended up opening all of our presents there as well. Jason spoiled me and I really got every single thing I had hinted/asked for.
Originally I was pretty sad that Jason had to work Christmas, however, Christmas turned out beyond perfect. We got to spend some one on one time with the Beckstrands the night before and then Christmas morning Ashton excitedly woke up to see what Santa had brought him. He had asked for trains or "hoo-hoooos" as he calls them. He knew Santa would bring them and was beyond excited for this.
Instead of needing to rush off to families houses we just enjoyed the time and played while Jason went to work. That afternoon we headed up to Morgan to spend the rest of the day with the Snyders. We got to Skype with Stephanie, eat yummy food and Ashton got all the attention being the only grandchild. Grandma's house has a great marble set that he loves to play with, since we will be moving Grandma got him one of his very own. He was super excited over all of the candy that came in the stockings too.
I never got my "formal" Christmas picture with us all dressed up. But we did get our usual Christmas jammies shot. :)