Our Christmas in Virginia

I hope you all had the most wonderful Christmas and that this festive season has been filled with joy and happiness. Mine was spent with Matt and the children, and for the first time in my life, I didn't spend Christmas Day with my parents and brothers. Having grown up in a big family, which is even larger now with my sister-in-laws and five nieces and nephews (there's 16 of us in total!) Christmas Day with just my little family of four felt very quiet in comparison. Hopefully we'll be spending some Christmases to come with extended family - either here in Virginia or back in the UK - as it didn't feel quite the same without all the hustle and bustle. It was also the first time I've ever cooked a Christmas dinner - or any roast for that matter - but it went surprisingly well!

There were two surprises which made Christmas very special this year - Henry said he loved me for the first time on Christmas Eve, the sweet words I've been longing to hear for so long, and Everly gave us her first smile in the early hours of Christmas morning. Both moments brought us so much joy, our children truly are the greatest blessing of all and I feel so lucky to have them. 

Below are a few photos from the day. I loved dressing Everly in her tiny red Christmas dress, although her tights were a little baggy on her skinny newborn legs! As I was taking some photos of her with her 'Today I Smiled For The First Time' milestone card, she decided that it was an ideal moment to practice another one - what perfect timing! I love the shots I got of her and Henry together. It's amazing to see the bond they already share. Henry is so loving and sweet towards her and she loves staring at him as he chats away to her. I know they'll be great friends when she's a little bit older.

How did you spend your Christmas this year? Please do leave me your blog links below as I'd love to have a read.

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