Christmas with the Craigs

Christmas with the Craigs. Sounds like a Lifetime movie doesn't it? Well, this was my first Christmas AS a Craig WITH the Craigs. Which meant that this was my first Christmas away from the Schexniders & Levins. Which meant this was the 1st time in 30 years I wouldn't spend Christmas Eve celebrating MawMaw's birthday and this was the 1st time in my 30 years that I wouldn't spend Christmas Day with my Mother Therese. I did pretty well. Knowing that Rodney Lynn made it home (which was literally a Christmas miracle), I felt better that my mom wouldn't be all alone. Even though I wasn't home in TX, I still had a WONDERFUL Christmas with my new family. Christmas is always so much more fun when kids are involved and our newphew Houston and our niece Kinley definitely made Christmas more special this year.

This is Houston. He belongs to Todd's middle brother, Sean and his wife Kristen. He's two and SO SO smart. Talks in full sentences. He's not only cute, he's funny too.

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This is Kinley. She belongs to Todd's youngest brother Marcus and his wife Lisa. She is absolutely beautiful and the sweetest baby.
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All the Craigs must have been really good this year because there were a TON of presents under the Christmas tree.
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It was a pretty low key week. We took the kiddos to Baytown Wharf on Thursday night to see the lights that Grandpa Bob and his company put up.
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Houston and Kinley love each other. Houston played with Kinley and gave her lots of kisses.
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Grandpa even took Houston for a golf cart ride. It was a little chilly in FL.
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On Christmas Eve, we went to Mama Beth's church and then came back for appetizers and opening presents for the adults.

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This year we all pulled names and it was suppose to be a Secret Santa that ended up not being so Secret (Marcus!). I got a new COACH bag from my Not So Secret Santa Marcus (but I really think it came from his wife Lisa). Somebody must have known that I absolutely LOVE Coach bags!

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Sean got a remote control helicopter from his Not So Secret Santa Lisa (or was it Marcus?) Unfortunately it didn't last long. I think it was broken within a few hours.
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Todd got Oakley ski goggles from his Not So Secret Santa Sean. Todd & I are going skiing for our anniversary in February so those will come in handy!
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I got all the Craig woman aprons with personalized Recipe cards. Huge hit!
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Marcus got William Barclay commentaries from his Not So Secret Santa Todd.
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Christmas morning was ALL about the kids. Houston started off the morning in his Santa suit riding Rudolph.
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He's so cute and so sweet to his Aunt Candice.
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Kinley loved her baby doll, her new vacuum cleaner that played music and her kitchen set.
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There were lots of presents to open and the kids needed lots of help.
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Houston got a teddy bear from FAO Schwarts in NYC from his Aunt Candice. Think he was excited????
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There were lots of outfit changes as Houston would open more and more gifts. Uncle Todd got him Batman PJ's which he loved.
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Then uncle Todd got him a Spiderman costume which I think he liked more.
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It was a great & busy Christmas with the Craigs! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas like we did. I leave you with a little song from our buddy Houston.

geraldean  – (December 30, 2010 at 6:44 PM)  

The FAO pic is priceless!!! Nice job Auntie! Hug ya...

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