Dean celebrated his first Christmas on Friday!
We attended Christmas Eve service at 5pm – It was the “kids’ service” and as Kyle mentioned as we were leaving, it was much more fun than the adult service ;) The church hosted a paper bag pageant and each adult and child were given a prop upon arrival which determined the part they would play in the pageant. Dean, Kyle and I were stars and Dean loved looking at our shiny stars as we sang Silent Night.
I started a Christmas Eve tradition with Dean – Each year we will fill a box with Christmas jammies, a DVD and a book (treats too when he is old enough!). He loved his book and jammies this year and the DVD was more for mama and daddy ;)
We woke up around 7am on Christmas Day and got right to the presents! Dean was a little confused about what to do with the gifts but was excited when he saw all of his new toys, books and clothes. I didn’t keep track of everything he got but a few of the highlights were a water table for our patio, a lot of books, college money, and stuffed animals.
Kyle was a great gift giver and gifted me a gift card for a massage and facial to a local spa that uses wine treatments and a gift card to a Lilly Pulitzer store – Can’t wait to go shopping! I also received a Clarisonic facial brush, wine, wine glasses, and a couple of tops from J. Crew. Kyle got a ton of golfing accessories, a new ski jacket (for our CO trip), a pair of new Birks, and a few gift cards. I know I’m missing a lot of items here but I wasn’t great at making a list this year – I was too busy keeping Dean out of the huge pile of wrapping paper ;)
After gifts, I made this chocolate-strawberry pancake bake (<– SOOOO good!) and then we hit up the beach!
It was HOT (felt like 92…) here in Naples so the beach was packed. Neither Kyle nor I had any desire to cook a full Christmas meal so we baked up a ham steak, bought Hawaiian bread buns and enjoyed ham sammies and mimosas on the beach. It was the perfect Christmas activity.
Here are a few – okay… A LOT, of photos from our day!