Orien's first Christmas was just as I had imagined - filled with love, family, food, gifts and celebrating the birth of Jesus!
Nine months is a PERFECT age for a baby's first Christmas. He was just old enough to get excited about the presents and new toys. He played with his gifts a lot, which is a very NEW thing for Orien!
The first group of photos are from Christmas Eve, when we had Brett's side of the family (Gran Bev, Judy and Craig) over to our house for lunch and presents. Orien loved his singing puppy and activity table! As you can see, he was very excited. We had lasagna for lunch and enjoyed good company. Then we went to church that afternoon for the Christmas Eve service, which was beautiful as usual. It's always one of my favorite services of the year.
We began Christmas Day at our own home, just the three of us. It was so special to have that time to exchange gifts and soak in every moment of our baby's first Christmas. This was a BIG day in my mind. I remember watching old videos of myself as a baby and toddler on Christmas, and I was happy that we recorded O and captured some of those priceless moments. I was so surprised how he reacted to the gifts - smiley and very interested!! Like I said, a week before, he could have cared less about new toys!
We then headed to my mom's house to exchange gifts and eat a big lunch! Orien got pretty overwhelmed when the entire living room filled up with wrapping paper, loud people, three dogs, new gifts and blinking, singing toys...but he had fun...and slept hard afterward :) He really liked his new car that Maqui and Popo gave him. He now has TONS of toys for him to be entertained. Of course he would still prefer mommy to just hold him 24/7!
Brett, Orien and I wrapped up the day at IHOP. We didn't feel like cooking and breakfast sounded appetizing. As we sat there being entertained by Orien's silliness, I thought how perfect the moment was - the three of us as a close family enjoying Christmas together with our nine month old baby! God has blessed on beyond what I ever could have imagined. What my life boils down to is FAMILY. And our Christmas Eve and Day was filled with it. That's all we could've asked for!
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 2010 is sure to bring new opportunities, more happiness and lots of LOVE!
This picture is my favorite from the whole day. His face is too cute. He was about to open all his gifts.