I do believe I went against everything that I know is right by starting my Christmas Eve with going shopping. I should have been done well in advance, but I was really just not in the mood this year! I did get everyone taken care of and got back to my parents' house in time to get the boys and I dressed for church. Did I mention that I had 5 children in my care! Thank God for my brother Andrew who volunteered to stay with me to help out. He such a great little brother!
We had a wonderful time there and headed straight to Grandma LaMarca's house! This is a tradition for us and it was crowded and crazy, as usual. I don't know that I would have had it any other way though! This is the proof of the mass chaos that I know my boys and I were involved in.
It was great because all the kids had a "picnic" on the flour with spaghetti and they loved it. Especially Declan who felt the need to eat his food and any other plate he could reach! He loves his food!
I love all my family, but there is a special place in my heart for this amazing little girl who just happens to be my niece! Isn't she just beautiful! She looks so much like my brother/her dad, Tony.
And unfortunately this is the best picture I could get my hands on of my boys and I. They were so cute all dressed up and Declan totally had a tie on! I'll try to get a better one so you can get the full effect of the massive cuteness that ensued! I know I'm such a dork but I love dressing my boys up! Gotta do it while I still can get away with it!
We totally ended the evening driving back to my parents' house and getting the boys ready for bed so Santa could come. You all are aware that he doesn't come until we're asleep and that was a hard concept for Ian this year. He said multiple times that he didn't want to go to sleep because he "would miss all the fun". I asked him what "fun" he was talking about and he replied with "just fun, mom", like I should know and how dare I ask such a stupid question. I love my boys!