Nothing like waiting until five days past Christmas to update about how your Christmas was, right? In my defense I’ve been really busy. And by “busy” I mean I’ve been playing the Wii, lounging on the couch, sledding, and other time sucking joys. You know. Busy!
In summary though, Christmas was wonderful. I think it may have been one of the best ones thus far because not only did Santa bring the kids exactly what they had asked for, George and I managed to give each of them a gift that brought about high pitched screaming of happiness.
As always, our Christmas is never just a one-day event. This year it actually started on Christmas eve because our good friends asked them to come over and join them for dinner. It was so nice and I enjoyed myself so much. It was also helpful because it gave the kids an energy outlet which allowed them to fall asleep somewhat easier at (their later than usual) bedtime.
Christmas eve with friends is awesome:
After the kids opened their traditional Christmas eve pajamas, I shooed them off to bed and once they were sleeping we put all of our presents out under the tree. I headed off to bed in the usual divide and conquer manner. Every year we split up and each of us sleeps in the same room as one of the kids. This year I squashed myself into Hayley’s twin bed. With all 572 of her stuffed animals. And all her bony elbows and knees. That was … not restful.
Then again I never sleep well on Christmas eve. I always jolt awake suspiciously at every sound wondering if one of the kids managed to sneak out to poke around or if the dog somehow magically opened her cage and was ripping paper off of everything. It didn’t help that because of where Hayley’s walls are situated I could hear the neighbors up talking until THREE IN THE MORNING (in that Charlie Brown “mwa mwa mwa mwa mwa” voice that all the adults use) and the water flushing through the pipes whenever someone downstairs used the bathroom. Alas. I did eventually fall asleep.
We ended up not waking up until 8:30 which is pretty nice. I had to laugh when my mom told me that my dad woke her up at 7:30 to open presents!
The kids were very excited on Christmas morning.
Santa brought the walking dogs they wanted!
They also got a game for the Wii (25th anniversary for Super Mario), the Crayola spin-magic glow kit from George’s friend, Breanna got the Dora playhouse, and Hayley got a new stereo. However, the best was saved for last and we’re still a little deaf from the reaction we received when the kids each opened a DSi.
I also got a nice gift from each of them. Hayley got me a soap and cream set with a green tea scent, and Breanna got me a set of fancy bath soaps. Meanwhile, Breanna got George a huge wine goblet and Hayley gave him a cool candle. They were both really happy to go shopping to pick something out for each of us.
Even Winnie got in on the action, opening her own presents.
That wasn’t it though! After that we threw coats on over our pajamas and headed over to see George’s parents, sister, and brother-in-law.
I can’t even remember everything. The kids got some great stuff (including the above joke gift of cereal which cracked them up) – clothes, a projector book set, a candy apple kit, beading set, all kinds of stuff. George and I each got some nice clothes as well and we got a nice new dish set. We left the kids there and came back home to unwind for a bit and to let me take the dog for a good long walk before we headed back over for supper. Supper was DELICIOUS.
We were all quite tired and I think everyone slept well that night. Which was good because Christmas was NOT over. On the 26th we were up at a decent hour so we could drive out to see my parents to enjoy the holiday with them too.
Again I know I’ll forget something but George and I got a few clothing items (and I got the world’s most ridiculously comfortable bathrobe, I LOVE it) and a mini food processor. The kids got some Pillow Buddies, a wolf dressed like Michael Jackson who sings and dances to “Thriller” (that would be for Hayley), and some other toys. My sister and my brother-in-law chose some neat gifts; Hayley got a make-your-own fairy tale kit, Breanna got a decorate-your-own dog purse with a little stuffed puppy, and they gave us a gift card for a restaurant to have a night out. Very cool!
In the end, by the time all three days were over, I sort of felt like this:
Especially since my living room looked pretty much like this until I got it all cleaned up yesterday:
But it was a really, REALLY good Christmas and I’m so very happy and grateful.
(The full photo set is over here)