Christmas has been more fun this year than it has in a long time. It has gone by way way too fast…but there were so many times where I stopped and tried to seal the moment in my mind forever because it was so special and sweet. Having Viv and Linc in our lives has made everything just a touch sweeter, but when I held each of them in my arms on Christmas morning….seeing them look at gifts, lights, glittery decorations with wide eyes…it was just the best. More than anything I used the day of our Savior’s birth to focus on everything we have to be thankful for – Jesus himself, and our sweet precious babies he has given us.
It’s crazy how Christmas is no longer just Christmas Eve and Christmas morning – we’ve had Christmas in Duncan, Christmas in south Texas, and this week we’ll have Christmas in Harrah. I have to admit, despite how worn out I am from traveling and whatnot, I’m pretty stoked that we get to draw it all out for so long.
Linc and Viv experienced their first flight on Sunday as we headed down for Christmas with Jon’s extended family in south Texas, and they did so great. I think the pressure during landing bothered Linc a little bit, and I ended up having to feed him right as we landed, but otherwise everything went perfectly. After being picked up at the airport, we went straight to Grandma McCoy’s house. Jon’s aunts, uncles and cousins were there, all waiting on pins and needles to meet our sweet babies. My heart soared seeing them surrounded by so much love.
We stayed with Jon’s Grammy and Aunt Karen that night, and the babies slept like angels. In the morning the babies opened gifts from Grammy, Aunt Karen, and Jon’s Aunt Bev. Lincoln just kind of sat back and took everything in, while Vivi really got after the gifts. She loved tearing the paper, and then attacking the gift and trying to eat it. It was precious how excited she was!
The rest of the day brought with it warm, humid weather, and a trip back over to Grandma McCoy’s for more time hanging out. I worked really hard to keep the babies on their normal routine as much as possible, and it really paid off. They napped fairly well, and therefore were happy babies when they were awake! Later Christmas Eve night, the adults did our gift exchange and had the traditional Christmas Eve seafood dinner. And as usual we ended the night with games around the table – a favorite McCoy family tradition.
Christmas morning, we felt so much joy hearing our babies start “talking” in their bed and getting to pull them over into our bed and cuddle for a little while. By far our favorite part of the day these days. After feeding them and getting everybody ready we headed over to Jon’s Aunt Brenda and Uncle Ronny’s. The McCoy family traditionally gathers there on Christmas morning to start the day off with hugs, lots of hanging out and pancakes. The family has grown to be rather large over the years, and there is an element of comfort that comes with the chaos of Christmas morning. After pancakes (which the twins slept through), everybody piled into the living room to open gifts. This time Linc gave Viv a run for her money and did a little paper ripping of his own:)
We spent the rest of the day just hanging out – passing the babies around, eating tons of food and even taking a little nap in the afternoon. What a great first Christmas for the Lincoln and Vivian. They won’t remember it, but they’ll be able to see in the pictures and videos how much love they were surrounded by.