The Sunday before Christmas we drove to Victoria, TX for the annual Guerra family Christmas gathering which was lovely. Michael's Aunt Cathy and Uncle Pat hosted a scrumptious Tex-Mex dinner and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting with everyone, especially since we hadn't been able to see everyone at Thanksgiving. We were so blessed to be surrounded by our family and to receive many wonderful gifts. We completely forgot our camera, so I have no pictures sadly. We did have a funny moment on the way home though: everyone had fallen asleep with the exception of myself and Caitlyn (who was driving). Billa woke up, looked around, and then suddenly screamed at the top of her lungs, "Daddy, no go night night!" It promptly woke him and everyone else up. Cait and I were cracking up since we weren't rudely awoken. Gotta love a kid with a mind of her own!
Christmas Eve was spent with my family. My brothers and a couple of family friends joined us all for shrimp, ham, sweet potato casserole, green beans, and more for a delicious meal. Afterwards, we opened presents and teased my brother Philip for his get up. Billa ended up usurping the Play-Doh Philip gave everyone and had quite a good time carrying her "cake" everywhere. My brothers left to go to mass with my brother David's girlfriend Lindsey and the rest of us stayed to watch Zombieland, which is a really fun zombie movie if you haven't seen it yet. After that, it was close to midnight and we headed back home to prepare for Santa's arrival. Billa, was of course, thoroughly passed out.
Billa begins to unwrap her gift from "Uncle Folf" (aka my brother Phil!)
Billa helps Uncle Folf unwrap his present
Philip hands out Play-Doh for all!
She was so passed out that the next morning, she didn't even notice the presence of presents under the tree! We decided that we'd take advantage of that and take our time to open everything, which was nice. Billa was over the moon with the teddy bear stickers, dinosaur coloring book, and Kumon books that "Santa" got her. I was thrilled that she loved her puppy dolly that I've been working on for her.
Mommy has to lend a little assistance. Check out Billa's awesome bedhead!
Billa's "dine-ror" coloring book with figures and stickers...she loves playing dine-rors with daddy!
The crown from Billa's Christmas crackers...she's not really sure what to think about it yet.
Later on, we headed to Michael's mom's house for Christmas breakfast. Oh man, it's a good thing I only eat her boyfriend's Carl's french toast once a year...that stuff is an instant coronary! He makes sausage and bacon and then fries up the french toast in the drippings which makes it super tasty, but also incredibly fattening. We then opened presents and me and my sister in law Caitlyn promptly passed out on the couch while Gigi played with Billa and Carl and Michael watched car shows on TV. It was nice and lazy!
Caitlyn, Billa, and Michael at breakfast. My fave Christmas pic from this year!
Billa unwraps her present from Gigi with a little help from Riley the beagle
Little People Noah's Ark! Gigi got Billa ALL the animals that come with it. Our only regret is that there is no Mrs. Noah with the set. C'mon, Little People...don't be hatin!
Me and my new scarf...I can never have enough scarves!
Gigi takes a picture of Billa's new froggie blanket. I can personally vouch for it's comfyness and coziness
We finished our day by stopping off at the Marino household to give them their presents and visit with them for a bit. Anthony started up the fire pit in the backyard and it was so nice, given how chilly it was!
We had a wonderful Christmas and we hope that each and every one of you did too!
The Guerra Family