Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Christmas Photo Shoot

Just a super fair warning that this post is on picture overload.

I hardly took any pictures Christmas morning because I wanted to really enjoy the morning with my boys without trying to get the perfect Christmas morning pictures. But when we went to my "spot" that afternoon I snapped about 200 pics within the 15 minutes we were there.

The whole 15 minutes we were there and I got some of my favorite pictures of all time.
I feel like these pictures really really show my boys' personalities oh so well.

I should probably use some of these to fill up my empty frames all over the house! :)

Annnd...what does it really look like trying to do a quick shoot??

This...this right herre.
Chasing Dylan, begging him to take a picture with me! ;)

Brista Barrington

Santa Came, Santa Came! {Christmas Morning 2014}

Santa Came! Santa Came!

I was so hoping the boys would sleep a little bit longer Christmas Morning so we could catch up on all the sleep we had lost the week before with all the sickness. 

They made it til 8:30. I'll gladly take it! 

The best part about Christmas Morning is seeing their eyes light up in shock that Santa came! 
But, first things first on their list was to check the milk and cookies.

Which....Santa totally did not eat. 
Justin and I looked at each other like "Seriously. We forgot to eat the dang cookies!"
We said that Santa must have gotten into a hurry and forgot to eat them.
What else were we supposed to say?? Hahaha.

The boys loved all their gifts.
It was so tough this year to find stuff for them. 
We went with -less is more-. These boys are lucky enough to get things all year, so when it comes to Christmas we struggle trying to figure gifts out.

Drew was so excited to get all the Minecraft Legos he had asked Santa for! Dylan got a tee pee since he loves to build forts and loved it as well.
Both boys got Dr. Dre Beats too, which was like "so cool." 

After presents came stocking time!
But ya know, since I am failing at all things Santa this year from the jammie mess up to not eating cookies...why not mix the stockings up too?? 
Yep. Santa put Drew's stuff in Dylan's and Dylan's in Drew's.
(Our monogrammed stocking's got ruined this year in the attic from a snow globe busting.)
We royally had some major Santa fail!

It was a great Christmas morning. Mommy cooked a big ol' breakfast while the boys played with a lot of their new toys. 

We heard stories like how Dylan woke up when Santa got to our house Christmas Eve night and him and Santa jumped on the couch.(Yeh...true story...)

I did not take very many pictures this year because I wanted to enjoy the moments. I snapped a few but this year was all about living in the moment and not be so focused on getting the perfect picture.

Around lunch time we headed out to do Christmas with Justin's parents.
We ate, opened presents, and relaxed and was so glad it was ALL OVER!!!! 

^ We all have the ONE family member. Ours is Dylan...

Brista Barrington

Monday, January 5, 2015

Christmas Eve 2014

Christmas Eve...

Christmas Eve Eve, Dylan was up all night--again--sick.
I felt like he he was getting worse.
I just knew Christmas Day was going to be awful.
But as I headed off to work calling Justin every 30 minutes to check on him, he eventually got better. 
Praise. The. Lord.
I worked Christmas Eve (blah) while Justin stayed home with the boys.
We do not really do a whole lot Christmas Eve so I don't actually mind going into work. Later that night we headed out to Justin's extended family gathering where Santa Claus always makes an appeareance! 
Drew LOVED telling Santa this year everything he wanted. Dylan...well, not so much. He got super shy again and Daddy had to sit on Santa's lap for him. 
After festivities ended we headed home to get ready for the real big deal Christmas!
On the way home the boys were trying to find Santa Claus and Rudoloph in the sky. They genuinely found Rudolph's nose and it was just melting my heart listending to their innocent little minds be so so so excited for it.
I can so remember driving around at Christmas when I was little looking for Rudolph in the sky.

A little has changed since then...

We now can ask Siri where Santa Claus is! Hahaha.
We asked Siri probably a good 15 times on the way home. Somehow Santa always ended up only 120 miles away from our house each time. 

I had forgot to get cute Christmas pajamas ordered for the boys. Go figure, every single year it happens. So I had ran into Target a couple days before and noticed some jammies still in stock in the children's section. Dylan was with me and helped me pick some out for him and his brother...a size small and a size medium.

Little did I know that I totally messed it up until we got home Christmas Eve night to bust those bad boys open and they were like super duper big on the boys. I was so confused until Justin read the tag that said "Women's."

It was quite a great laugh for us all. The kids ran around with their big ol' jammies on for awhile.

Hey...Target so had them in the middle of the children's clothes---how was I supposed to know?

Ohhhh anywho--we got some cookies and milk for Santa and snuggled up in bed to only realize that we forgot to sprinkle the reindeer food across the lawn.

So we grabbed our coats and quickly fed the reindeer and then what seems like 67 hours later the boys finally fell asleep....

Honestly, I fell asleep too. Santa had to be woken up in the middle of the night to finish the duties...;)

Brista Barrington