Tuesday, December 31, 2013


This year was Jack's first Christmas and he was ready for it! We've had the tree up for a month, we moved all the decorations from the bottom and for the most part he stayed away from it. For the most part. He has been a walking little man for a few months now and he is only getting better and faster! Victor's hotel hosted a Holiday party for their employees so we had a fancy night out and left the kiddo's at home with Auntie Crystal. It was such a nice night! The people he works with are really great, and the hotel spears no cost to put on a great party. Dinner, dancing, casino, drinks, photo booth, all kinds of fun stuff to do! This was the only picture I took all night. Lame I know! I wore lipstick and my Grandma's pearls and this is the only picture I have to show for it!

Christmas eve is always spent at Grandma's house eating tamales, playing games and then opening presents with all the kids. It's something I look forward to every year since I met Victor.
There was a very serious game of domino's going on and Alana was keeping score for the first round. She decided she wanted to play the second round and won the first two games. Playing with experts with years of experience. She is awesome! She loves to play games and does really well at them!

We exchanged gifts and then headed home to put together Jack's bike and pull out all of the stuff from Santa! This year Alana really wanted a Barbie that rides the horse. We decided to get Jack this cute Radio Flyer bike that we can push him in and then he can ride on his own when he learns. Finally about 1am Victor and I were done and headed to bed!

The sun came out and no sign of Alana! Finally about 8am she woke up... at her age we were up before the sun to see what Santa brought us and then we would have to wait for the sun to come up before we could go wake my parents up! Some of her favorite presents of the morning were from Aunt Ashley and Amy, and Auntie Crystal! This crazy kitty cat that she wanted had been wrapped and meowing all week long every time you turned on and off the kitchen light. We tried hard to play it off like we didn't hear it. Alana swore there was a cat in the kitchen, after a few days she even put two and two together and realized it was the one she had seen and wanted at the store before. I played it off like dad wrapped all the presents so I didn't know. HA! She is a smart girl though!

After the kids were done opening it was my turn! We got Victor a nice Angels watch and new Angels Leather wallet! He loved it! But then it was my turn. I had two boxes, the first I opened and it looked like a Camel back for hiking. I was happy about it, I thought it might be a good chance to get out and start hiking! Victor saw the look of confusion on my face and said it was a new diaper bag. Hmmmm... Then I flipped over the tag and it said camera bag! OH BUDDY! Bring on the camera! I couldn't wait to get it in my hot little hands! I couldn't believe that after millions of years of wanting a professional camera I had one! Victor has always been a great gift giver (well before we had kids) but this year takes the cake for sure! Thank you my love! I always borrow my sisters and now I have one of my own! Don't get me wrong, my little 5 year old point and shot still works, but I've wanted a Cannon for awhile now! They just take the best quality pictures! Can't wait to post some pics I've taken with it!

The rest of the morning we headed out to Corona to do Christmas with my side of the family. We had the best breakfast ever that my sester made, we exchanged gifts, played a few rounds of Apples to Apples and then headed back home. I love Christmas morning with my sisters and dad. We are just missing my mom to make it complete. It always seems like something is missing, we all know what it is... but I know she is there with us.
Victor had to work Christmas evening so me and the kids visited our Garcia family for awhile before we turned in for the night! It was a beautiful day, 80 degrees, you really couldn't have asked for a more beautiful Christmas day! So thankful to everyone in our family on both sides for making this a great Christmas for the kids! I saw a friend post the other day on FB saying that she thought she loved Christmas so much as a child. Then he had children and it's even better! It's so totally true for me! They make my morning! Watching them open gifts and get so excited about them, it's beautiful! Alana is working on her thank you letters. It's a great way to practice her spelling and writing that she is so good at, while on break from school!

Alana and I had a girls movie day with Crystal and went to see Frozen! Such a great movie, can't wait for that to come out on Blu-ray!

1 comment:

Amy said...

I'm so glad she loved the cat.. I really wanted to get her a real one but I guess this will work for now :-)