Thursday, December 31, 2009

They're 1!

Christmas Eve has always been an exciting day in my family. When we lived in Uruguay, my parents let me and my brother stay up till midnight to shoot off fireworks (as is the custom there) and then open all of our presents (after all, it was technically Christmas morning!). After we moved back to the States, there were no more fireworks to stay up for, but we kept the tradition of opening our presents at the stroke of midnight. Every year, we would eat panetón, listen to my dad read the Christmas story, sing a verse of "Silent Night," and then open our gifts as the Pope celebrated midnight Mass in the background.

This year was totally different. A celebration took place in the afternoon, rather than at midnight. There were no fireworks, but there were plenty of balloons. The pile of presents was on the dining room table, not under the Christmas tree, and not a single one was for me. The panetón was replaced by frosted cupcakes. And rather than singing "Silent Night" once, we sang "Happy Birthday"—four times!

The Fab Four, 1 year old and ready to celebrate!

The birthday boys' and girls' personalized cupcakes

Because it's still RSV season, we kept the guest list to a minimum. In attendance were my parents, Ted's parents and grandmother, and my cousin Glenda (who lived with us this summer—that's a quarter of the babies' lives!), along with her parents. We had a great time watching the Fab Four dig into the cupcakes, tear into their presents (okay, more like eat the paper after Mommy and Daddy unwrapped the presents), and wonder what all the fuss was about.

Isaac: "Can I possibly use this as a ball?"

Lucia: "Hm, how can I eat this without making a mess?"

Jude: "I'm gonna take my time with this thing."

Dahlia: "I like all this attention!"

Yes, this Christmas Eve was certainly different. And this year I wouldn't have had it any other way.


Mommy Lisa said...

No better way to celebrate Christmas Eve then with a party for four! Love the pictures, thank you for sharing their special moment!!!! Love you!!!

Dianne said...

So happy to see the pictures of the quads' birthday. I love your new Christmas Eve tradition! The quads' birthday on the 24th, Jesus' birthday on the 25th. Happy New Year to you all!

QuatroMama said...


You guys just survived a nearly impossible feat. Hats off to you, T and S for making it and having wonderful healthy beautiful ONE YEAR olds to prove it!

See you next weekend! Yeah!

julieb said...

I can't believe they're a year old! They're so sweet- you guys are so blessed!

The Middletons said...

So completely adorable!! Thanks for sharing Suzy!! I cannot believe they are ONE...Wow! I am amazed at what you and Ted have accomplished over this past year...well done my friends! :o)

The Haughs said...

What a wonderful reason to break tradition, huh?! Looks like they had fun! :) And I love that you sang Happy Birthday 4 times. (We always sing it 2 times for the twins.) Wishing you a wonderful New Year! :)

Hilary said...

Just precious!!! Happy 1st birthday guys!!!!

♥Kelly♥ said...

So so so so sweet!
Happy 1st Birthday to the littles but CONGRATULATIONS Mommy & Daddy for making it through your first year and for all the amazing work you do.


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