We traveled to Indiana for Christmas, like we do every year, only this year I flew with Maddox and Jeff drove with Lily. We decided that would be best for everyone :-) I feel like I got the better bargain since Maddox is such a good flyer! As an extra bonus, on our flight up to Indy it was not full so Maddox and I got a row to ourselves. He got his very own seat which he was very excited about.
The first couple of nights we stayed with my brother and sister-in-law in Indianapolis. They have a dog, Colt, so Lily was in heaven! Maddox loved being around everyone (once he got over the shock of so many unfamiliar faces)
Mark and Jackie were so excited to give Maddox his Christmas presents he got one the second night we were there.
Of course Uncle Mark would get something basketball related. I guess he's trying to train him early!
We then headed down to my Mom's house in my hometown. We were down there a few days before my brother and sister were able to come down, its so silly that not everyone can take off 2 weeks at Christmas time!
So my Mom redid her bathroom a few years ago and got rid of her bathtub. AND we actually have a baby bathtub in Indiana, but my sister is in the process of building a house and they have a lot of stuff in storage and the bathtub just happened to be one of those things. So....we improvised, and MD got redneck baths while we were there ;-)
I'm not going lie, he pretty much loved taking a bath in that thing. By the end of the trip it was impossible to give him a bath without him pulling up to a standing position every second. Oh yea, did I forget to mention that we have a STANDER now?!?! We do!
While we were in town I got together with some of my girlfriends from high school. We get together every year for a Christmas party. This year we had a few extra guests! 4 of us had babies this past year.
Marshall - 10 Months, Maddox - 7 Months, Eli - 2 Months, Haylin -1 WEEK!
It was pretty fun! Maddox was very interested in Marshall, and he could not figure out why those other babies kept crying. Our friend Lori was a trooper for coming just 1 week after giving birth. I can only imagine how crazy next year is going to be, holy moly!!
Amanda's husband Sean was on baby duty!
Its so nice being at my Mom's house. We just do a lot of hanging out, spending time together. Playing games. This year a lot of our time was spent just watching Maddox. He went through a little withdrawl being home, when he didn't have at least 4 pairs of eyes watching him at all times.
We had our Christmas on Christmas Eve morning because my sister and her husband travel to his families houses on Christmas this always makes it a little less hectic for them. And it doesn't really matter what day you celebrate anyway!
MD made out! I'm pretty sure leading up to Christmas he opened at least one present per day and he still had presents to open up on Christmas morning! It ended up being a good thing that he had opened up quite a few beforehand because he got tired pretty quickly and in my family opening presents takes quite awhile because our Mom always goes overboard!!!
Jeff was in charge of photos that morning....go figure
He was asleep by the time we were finished, so I didn't get a photo of him with all his presents.
He loved the dogs. Ha! But the dogs probably loved him more. I didn't realize how many of his treats that don't actually make it into his mouth until there were no dogs at my Mom's house then I realized how many ended up on the floor.
It snowed!!! One day while were all there for only a few hours and it was gone just as quickly as it started. I made Jeff go out in his pj's and it was a good thing we did because if we would have waited we would have missed it!
We had such a great time while we were in Indiana. Jeff left a few days before we did, so we missed him. Maddox got sick towards the end of the trip, but I think that was to be expected. Just a cold, no biggie. He got waaaay off his schedule, but again, to be expected, and it seems like every time I think we're on a schedule it changes so who cares! While we had a great time we were happy to get home (to our high 70 degree weather) to Daddy and Lily.
A few more random cell phone pics....
Modeling another Christmas present from Uncle Mark and Aunt Jackie
Napping on Uncle Mark
Watching videos of himself with Aunt Angie and Granny. He LOVES to do this by the way....
Staying up waaaay too late!