On January 1, we had an 'extra' Christmas dinner. Our Christmas dinner is traditionally Beef Wellington, prepared by my dad. He does a fantastic job with it, and we look forward to it all year! This year, things were a little different since we didn't know when Lily would be coming, and we didn't want to plan the meal (Katie's favorite) without the Crowders. So, we scheduled an x-tra-mas for New Year's Day.
Another family gathering meant getting all spiffed up, so we tried a new trick- washing the twins in a laundry basket in the tub. It worked, but we still have a few kinks to work out. The idea is that one person can wash both babies since they can sit in the laundry baskets for support. I'm not sure I can pull it off alone, but we'll see!
Brian spent some quality time with his nephew.
I had bought matching pajamas for Lily and Mairead. Lily's barely fit her, so we had to get a picture in quickly!
The boys had on super cute outfits. Jack's outfit was a gift from Jen (his godmother) and Ben's was from Aunt Ry.
Ben was introducing himself to Lily.
That night, we dressed them in some new pjs from Jimmy and Jessica. I think they could be little Calvin Klein models... as long as they were not required to sit still...
This one is pretty cute- I wish they were not biting the heads off of little people, though. But bribing them with a toy was the only way to get them to sit and face me for two seconds!
This past weekend brought about 6 inches of snow, so Dave took Mairead out to enjoy it. What a great dad- he shoveled for hours and then still braved the snow to take his little girl out to play. Mommy safely took pictures through the window!
She LOVED the snow! She didn't care at all that it was cold. She and Dave went sledding down the hill in the side yard and she didn't want to stop!
After sledding, they warmed up with some hot chocolate.