Christmas Eve, 2014

Story told by: Lainey

We flew in to Chicago last night, and then drove five hours to Great Grandma and Great Grandpa’s house. We arrived close to midnight, but it was so nice to be able to wake up here on Christmas Eve!

Christmas Eve, 2014

After a delicious breakfast, we decorated some sugar cookies. Great Grandma ordered ten dozen cookies, so let’s hope we have enough.

Christmas Eve, 2014

Uncle Jared tried to get Henry in on the action, but Henry just wanted to eat the plate. He had to go play elsewhere.

Christmas Eve, 2014

The cookie-decorating crew!

After cookie decorating and naps, it was time to go to the Christmas Eve service. We took some pictures by the tree in our fancy Christmas outfits.

Christmas Eve, 2014

Christmas Eve, 2014

We weren’t exactly the most cooperative. This is what I did when asked to smile. Makes sense to me.

Christmas Eve, 2014

We did give a couple of smiles for Mommy and Daddy.

Christmas Eve, 2014

When we got to church, I sat with Grandma and Grandpa (and once again gave another of my best smiles).

Christmas Eve, 2014

Henry sat with Uncle Jared until he got fussy. Then Uncle Jared quickly gave him back to Daddy. (Apparently he doesn’t want the maximum amount of bonding time with his nephew.)

Christmas Eve, 2014

For the majority of the service, Henry crawled around and ate anything he could find on the floor of the church.

Christmas Eve, 2014

Once we got home, we got a few more pictures. Henry and I were a little more cooperative this time.

Christmas Eve, 2014

Christmas Eve, 2014

Christmas Eve, 2014

Christmas Eve, 2014

The Steck side of the family! (Uncle Jeff flew in from Florida, and arrived a few hours after this picture was taken. Uncle Matt, Aunt Elisa, and my cousin, Graham, are coming the day after Christmas.)

Christmas Eve, 2014

After pictures, we were excited to learn that Santa had brought one present for us to open tonight! (You can tell that Henry was highly interested.) It was Christmas pajamas and a Christmas book!

Christmas Eve, 2014

Christmas Eve, 2014

We put on our PJs and took a picture by the warm, cozy fire!

Christmas Eve, 2014

We sat right down with Daddy to read the book!

Christmas Eve, 2014

By the end of the book, Henry was struggling to climb out of Daddy’s lap, and I was rolling on the floor with another book. Oh, well! I’m sure we’ll appreciate this tradition at some point.

Christmas Eve, 2014

Once Henry went to bed, we watched “Polar Express” while eating Christmas cookies.

Christmas Eve, 2014

And we ended the night by leaving out cookies and milk for Santa. I won’t say that I’m thrilled with the idea of scary Santa creeping around the house while I’m sleeping, but I’m sure I’ll be excited to see all of the presents in the morning. I can’t wait for Christmas!!!!!!

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