That evening the Gossers, Egnews, and Davidsons came over to our house for a potluck dinner and a few rounds of Just Dance.
|Linds and Connor helped me make tiramisu|
|Jared was the Just Dance champion|
|Dustin, Linds, Jared|
|Connor with his buddy "Jare-Jare"|
After the celebration at our house, we headed to Gran's to spend the rest of the evening playing Catchphrase, watching Connor open a few presents, and heading to bed to wait for Santa to arrive.
|most of the gang|
|with Linds and Aunt MB|
|with Mom and Linds|
|Connor got to open a few presents early|
|with one of his favorite toys from Aunt MB -- a giant talking Woody doll|
|riding around with Jared|
After staying up much too late, laughing with cousins, and reading books in Gran's basement, the cousins all slept in the basement (FYI: none of us slept very comfortably on pallets in the floor) for a few short hours until it was time to walk upstairs to receive our traditional Santa presents.
|Jason with his typewriter|
Tradition is that after seeing our Santa presents, we open stockings, open presents, then eat a delicious breakfast by Gran. This year proved no different, except that we had to finish Connor's presents later, because he fell asleep at the breakfast table in his high chair.
|after opening stockings|
|sleepy boy before breakfast|
|Jared sporting one of his favorite gifts|
|cousins with Gran|
After breakfast we headed home to put up lots of toys and goodies and get ready for the rest of a fun, busy day. Part 3 will continue with the rest of Christmas Eve's celebrations.
For now, I'll leave you with two precious videos: Connor falling asleep at breakfast and then another of him after we laid him down. I want to always be able to remember how sweet he looked as he slept.