Fox had a buddy over to play and after being sick and couped up in the house for the last week, he was so excited to play with someone other than us!
Fox and I went to the candlelight service on Christmas Eve and they gave him a glow stick instead of a candle. He was mesmerized by the singing and every time they would finish a song, he would stuff that little glow stick in between his legs as fast as he could so he could clap. It was so cute to watch and the service was beautiful, it was my favorite part of the day.
This is what Christmas looked like at the Jones House!
Fox was very surprised that Santa wasn't at his usual spot in the mall when he went to the play place with Hannah.
Katie sent me this picture while I was grocery shopping to make me jealous that she got Fox cuddles. I'm sure the cuddles lasted all of 5 seconds before he was over it, based on his face...ha!
When I got home from work, Fox told me he wanted to take a walk with me. So we walked and walked and walked until 1.5hrs later we finally made it around the block! (There were a lot of rocks to inspect and sticks to collect)😂He climbed on this rock and told me to take his picture...ha! This was one of those days I will remember for the rest of my life, no matter how uneventful it was, and I'm so grateful to have a boss that makes these afternoons possible for me!
When Katie got a pedicure, Fox requested that she get green nails (his favorite color), so when she came back to show him, he said he wanted green nails too! While we didn't have green nail polish, he settled for black and was so excited and proud that he got his nails painted for the first time.
Patrick came into the office and everyone thought it was Robert and ran over to give him a group hug. Robert HATES hugs, but Patrick loved it apparently!
We had an impromptu New Year's Eve celebration with some friends! It was fun catching up with these ladies and Fox had a blast playing with his friends.
This is what you call a Pinterest fail! Or maybe it's just a mom fail! Several friends of mine pointed out that this looks like Santa was hopping across the floor instead of walking. Haha. Good thing I only have a two year old and I have some time to improve my skills! :)
An older child would've also noticed that the carrots weren't bitten, but rather cut, but again, I got away with it this year! Fox was a little disappointed though that Santa didn't eat all of the cookies!
When Fox FINALLY woke up at 9:20am, he was super excited to open his stocking.
Last year, we totally forgot to get him stocking gifts, and all of his gifts were too big to fit in there, so we improvised with things we already had at home (not that it mattered for a 19 month old), which is probably why we went a little overboard this year and bought way too many stocking gifts, not realizing how tiny his stocking was!
After we opened stockings, Katie's family came over and we had breakfast together.
Followed by opening gifts.
Fox's only Christmas wish was a Barbie airplane. He put it on his "wish board" back in early November and every time he was asked what he wanted, this is what he said.
So a Barbie airplane is what he got, and he was so happy! Apparently it was a hot item this year, so I had to drive 1.5hrs to get it, but it was so worth it.
Grandma was happy about her gift from Fox as well (it's an apron).
This is the PJ Masks Headquarters. He played with it for hours!
We played, ate, some of us took a little nap (not Fox of course), laughed and finished the night with a game of cards against humanity, followed by Ring around the Rosie in Fox's playroom. He thought it was the best ever and was so happy that everyone participated.
I can't believe Christmas is over! I feel like I just decorated and now it's already time to pack everything away until next year. This season flew by faster than usual!
We had a wonderful Christmas Weekend!
Christmas Eve we spent at Katie's mom's house, just like last year.
She aways has one gift for Fox to open at the beginning of the night, and I'd say this year's present was a huge success!
Playing in his "cave"!
Notice the photo bomb!
Writing a letter to Santa!
My favorite moment from that night was when Grandpa showed up. Fox wasn't expecting him there and when he saw him he got the biggest smile on his face and yelled across the room: "Grandpa! Grandpa! Grandpa!" He was so excited, it seriously melted everyone's heart.
He just loves his grandpa so much!
Another photo bomb!
I pulled up the Santa tracker on Rene's laptop and Fox thought it was so cool!
I'll be so sad when he's too old to believe in Santa!
If you wonder where Fox was, he was laying in front of us on the carpet pouting, because he didn't want to be in the picture. I guess he also didn't want us to take the picture without him, because he kept pouting.
You might remember that Fox has food allergies. So at Katie's birthday in October, Rene' made her a birthday cake, not thinking that Fox couldn't have it. When it came out and Fox found out that it had dairy in it, he said in his saddest little voice: "What about me, Grandma? You don't have any cake for me?" Grandma felt so bad, that she swore she would always have some special (dairy and egg free) treat for him. So on Christmas Eve, Fox did not receive one, but two special desserts, one from each of his grandmas. We only eat desserts for special occasions, so this was a special treat for him!
And don't worry, he didn't eat that cake all by himself!
And then it was time to open some presents!
We had one very excited boy on our hands!
What we usually do is all sit in a circle after the presents are passed out, and then every person gets to open one gift and we go around until all the gifts are opened. This way, everyone can see what everyone received and it's always a lot of fun.
We started out this way this year as well until we realized two hours in, that we were way too many people and that we would be sitting there until the next morning, so we ended by opening all at the same time.
Since Fox doesn't need any more toys at our house, he received a lot of gifts to play with at Grandma's house, because he'll be spending two afternoons each week with her starting in January!
We didn't get home until 10pm that night and Fox was almost losing it, so we put out some milk, cookies and carrots quickly and called it a night!