Merry Belated Christmas!

Wow. What a busy start to the New Year. I have been trying to muster up the energy for a couple weeks now to catch up our the blog and I just couldn't! We hit the ground running upon our return trip from PA and I am still feeling a bit overwhelmed. Both kids were really sick for a good ten days, and then Jon got sick. All of that on top of working and other scheduled activities, I am just too tired to do anything extra. I am still not as organized and de-cluttered as I like to be after Christmas, which is driving me insane. And so, without further ado, here's a recap of Christmas!

This year we spent Christmas Day in Indiana with Jon's family, which meant we got to spend Christmas morning at our own house with just our little family of four. This was my favorite part! :) Here's Jon reading the Christmas story early morning out of Mekonen's Bible.
The kiddos with their stockings and gifts! Mekonen was loving the Thomas wrapping paper. Evie spent most of the time throwing around the wrapping paper and trying to figure out what all the commotion was. 
Mekonen and one of his favorite gifts: a stuffed Corduroy bear from the Corduroy stories. He loves those books right now. When he opened up Corduroy he took him out and was staring at him with amazement and said, "You will be my buddy!" and gave him a big hug. We got Evie her first rag doll with her name engraved on the dress. 
 After breakfast and gifts at our house we headed up to Jon's parents late Christmas morning. 
Evie got her first tea set. :) 
 Evie looks a lot like my baby pictures here. 
 Mekonen got a Thomas scooter from Uncle Jeremy. He loooves it. 
Happy Birthday Daddy!!! Mekonen always thinks the cake and presents are for his birthday. This year he understood that Christmas is when we celebrate Jesus' birthday. So, with Daddy and Jesus' birthday the same day, and Mekonen's also 3 days later, he was wildly confused. haha. 
About 6am the day after Christmas we piled into the car and drove 12 hours to PA to spend Christmas with my family. Crazy, but so fun. We walked into my parents house, changed our clothes, and Christmas began! :) 

 Castro Family Christmas Chaos. The way it should be. :) 
 We had such a full week and such a great time with Grandma, Grandpa, aunts, uncles, and lots of cousins. Mekonen was passed out every night from exhaustion but would wake up bright and early asking if Manny and Aderyn were awake yet. 
My brother wasn't able to come Christmas day so he came a few days after. So good to see his bright smiling face. Love. 

We had a wonderful Christmas celebrating Jesus and the hope we have that started in a manger. Oh how different our lives would be without it. 


Rebekah Zenn said...

LOVE that Thomas scooter!

The Borich Family said...

Loved seeing your brother in the pictures.