Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Kinley's first Christmas!

Like I said, I'm a bit behind...but oh well = )

Thompson Christmas 2010

We had a great LONG Christmas (Trent was able to take off 2 weeks and since I'm not working now, we had a lot more flexibility).  We went to Dallas and spent lots of quality time with Trent's family (both his mother's side and father's side ALL live in Dallas!) and then also got to see my family too!  Here's the rundown of how our Christmas went!

Thompson Christmas (Christmas #1):  Before Trent and I left town to see our extended family, we exchanged presents between the two of us.  I got Trent some clothes (workout shirt, another shirt, and pants) and he got me Toms!!  Kinley also got Trent a lovely self portrait for his office!  I'm sure next year our little family Christmas will be more involved...this time it was just exchanging presents before getting in the car to make our trek to Dallas

Christmas Eve (Christmas #2):  We spent Christmas eve with my Mother-In-Law's side of the family.  That includes:  The Thompsons (Jack, Sue, Linde, Trent and myself) and the Snyders (Allison and Glenna...Sue's sister, Ryan and his wife Olivia, and Jordan).  I'm kicking myself for not getting ANY pictures this day except for Kinley in her Christmas Tree outfit (which of course she quickly decided to have a blow out in!).  But my wonderful sister-in-law Linde did, so I stole one from her!   We did not get to see Sue's father on Christmas eve as usual, but we are looking forward to introducing Kinley to PawPaw and Marie soon...her GREAT-Grandparents!

Jordan, Ryan (with Kinley in outfit #2 post blow-out), and Olivia
Kinley got LOTS of great presents...thanks for all the books, stuffed animals and everything else!!

Christmas Day (Christmas #3):  Thompson tradition is to spend Christmas eve with Sue's side, Christmas morning with just our immediate Thompson family, and Christmas afternoon with all the here's Christmas #3.  Linde gave Kinley an adorable dress complete with bloomers, tights...the whole 9 yards, so we dressed her up pretty for Christmas day (see below).  It's quite funny going to such a fuss for a little 6 week old, I think at one point she gave me the look of "what in the world are you doing this to me for!?" but it made for great pictures!!!  We also had one of Trent's best friends Jeffrey with us Christmas day - it was such a fun treat to have him there!!

And here's some pictures of the rest of the family from the morning:

Gram and Kinley

Papa Jack with Elijah
Linde and Kinley
 Christmas Afternoon (Christmas #4):  In the afternoon, we all headed over to the Allens house (that's  Trent's cousin Leigh) for the Thompson extended family Christmas.  The Thompsons are a BIG family...Jack (my father-in-law) has 4 siblings!  Of those 5 siblings, only one lives outside of Dallas.  And of the 4 siblings that live in Dallas, only one of their kids (that would be Trent) lives outside of Dallas!  I believe I counted 30 something people at Leigh's house on Christmas...and only 5 of those are little kids.  We have a LOT of fun with the Thompsons...big yummy meal, fabulous desserts (thanks to Aunt Chris's chocolate pie!!!), fun watching the little kids open presents, a big gift exchange among the adults, and Leigh's big craft for all the ladies (sounds silly, but SO MUCH FUN!!).  Here's a sneak peak at the day's events:

One of the rare moments in the day when Kinley was awake!
I LOVE this picture!!  4 generations of Thompson  (from R to L: Me, Jack's father Pat, Jack's mother Patsy, Kinley, Jack & Trent)

One I will be framing!  Kinley with her great-grandparents
Craft time!  We made little pots of snowmen!

My final product!
Monday after Christmas (Christmas #5):   This year we celebrated Christmas with my family (The Hutchisons) in Dallas at my brother's house.  It was a treat for us with the new baby to be able to stay in Dallas!  Everyone was able to make it so that included my parents, Jim & Heather, my brother Justin, his wife Bobbie and their son Jude, and my younger sister Ashley.  This was Jude first Christmas too and since he was 11 months old at the time, he was a lot more involved in the event than Kinley who, like usual, slept through the entire thing!  I look forward to watching Jude and Kinley grow up together as they are just 10 months apart.  It's also been a blessings to talk through new mom stuff with my sister-in-law Bobbie!!  But more on that another time.  Here's some pictures from our 5th and final family Christmas!!!

All the Hutchison girls + Jude (L to R: Bobbie, Heather (Gigi) , Kinley, Me, Jude, and Ashley)
Ashley and Jude opening our Christmas present to him

Me and Jude!
Bobbie & Kinley
Jude LOVED opening presents...
...At a time!
Kinley slept in my dads arms the entire time!
I have the most HANDSOME nephew!!!
Kinley told me she'd wake up for Christmas next year!


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  2. Amanda,
    Your pictures from Christmas are great! I loved seeing pictures of your parents, and your sweet nephew too! Kinley is so precious! I love the dress she wore Christmas eve! I know you are such a wonderful mom! It's just the greatest thing in the world! Since I just now got into the blog world, I love keeping up with their friends through their blogs!