Such a fun day. Shane and I both woke up around 6:30. We kept listening for the kids and didn't hear them. Finally Shane ran down the hall and opened the door to their room and then ran back really quick. Poor Natalie...she is such a silly girl. She started yelling from her room, "Who opened my door? Who opened my door?" She was not happy. Then she came in to our room repeating the same thing over and over. Shane and I are pretending to be asleep so she can "wake us up on Christmas morning" and she is just obsessed with the fact that someone opened her door. Finally Heidi yelled from down the hall that maybe Santa opened the door. Then it clicked and Natalie got really excited. Both girls jumped on our bed and asked if we could go downstairs. This year Shane and I both went downstairs to get everything ready and we made the girls wait at the top of the stairs. While we were turning on Christmas lights and making coffee, they were singing Christmas carols at the top of their lungs. So cute! After we said they could come down they both came running into the family room. Heidi was so excited about her doll house that Santa left. Natalie didn't understand why Santa left her a doll house when she specifically asked him for a rainbow loom! We did stockings and then exchanged gifts. When Natalie opened the rainbow loom from Shane and I she was so happy. That must've been why Santa didn't get it for her then!
After finishing our gifts, I threw together some Nutella Cinnamon Rolls and then we headed to my parents. Dad read the three page Santa letter, we tossed snowballs into a pot to see who would open gifts first each round and had an amazing spread of food. Cookies, cinnamon rolls, muffins, cheesecake, egg casserole and coffee cake. That's how we roll at the Mellecker house! :) After finishing with gifts we headed back home. The girls played with their toys and I took a nap. Then we headed back over for Christmas dinner. Nan's amazing lasagna, lots of picture taking and playing with new toys. It was a really great day.
Everything before the kids came down
Heidi is super fast. Always. Seriously...she doesn't walk, she only runs!
Natalie looking for the rainbow loom that she asked for. Crazy girl!
Shane reading the letter Santa left the girls
Natalie practicing her golf swing with the new club Shane got her.
Dad reading his 3 page letter from Santa...complete with Scottish accent. Our Santa was always Scottish while we were growing up. :)
We got Dad a jersey for Christmas. Natalie is a professional photo bomber and she completely took over the picture.
Dad is covering her face so she can't photo bomb ALL the pictures being taken on Christmas morning. :)
Heidi and Luke had so much fun after the gifts were done. It started with him throwing her in the trash can.
Then it turned into an all out "snowball" fight. Mom has these little stuffed snowballs. Heidi and Luke were going at it and she was serious! The would throw the ball and then duck behind the trash. Then she would throw it again while diving behind the couch. This kid has skills! And her aim was right on! It was really funny to watch.
Shane bought me a new lens for my camera so we were all trying it out a bit.
I love this shot of my dad
Colie and Gracie
Almost 22 weeks
Heidi and Gracie
Colie and Jon