Although Christmas Eve was my favorite, Christmas day was pretty great too.
Santa prepared everything quite well if I do say so myself.
I’m sure those little squiggly-writing-because-he’s-so-cold-from-his-sleigh-ride that he writes to each kid sure take a bunch of time:)
The second I hear the kids in the morning I’m wide awake. I have to go join these guys in all their stocking excitement.
…which is always in Elle’s room (per tradition). The kids were wondering aloud what in the world families do where Santa doesn’t drop their stockings off in their rooms when he leaves. What in do they do ‘til the allotted time when they get to wake up their parents?
At 7:00 they get to wake us up with caroling on the stairs (except that I’m always actually with them, so they just wake up Dave). This year Max decided to lead their singing very exuberantly.
Poor kids have to do this each year before they get to go into the family room. Poor mom can’t seem to get it in focus.
The girls were head-over-heels about their much-needed new bikes.(I sure hope Claire doesn’t fall off that huge thing.)
…and Max and Elle were completely surprised with their snowboards.
Lu got a princess lego set from Santa.
Elle, as a reward for getting straight A’s, was pretty darn excited about her iPhone we lumped into Christmas.
I love Max and Elle’s faces…I’m pretty sure they’ll get straight A’s this semester…they were SO excited for her, it was actually pretty cute.All that iPhone hoopla is a post for another day because there is a lot to think about when you give your child a phone. Dave and I have talked and debated ‘til we were blue in the face about whether it is appropriate and who is responsible enough and what the stipulations are and whether we really should attach rewards for A’s and all that jazz. We’ve gone back and forth on that, but finally decided that at least for this instance and for these kids of ours, this is the direction we’re going. Every family is going to come up with a different answer on that one. Different kids, different situations. But I do love those faces in that picture…
It was time for some new princess night-wear for Lu.
I loved just sitting soaking it all in after everything was unwrapped, even though Dave cleaned up a bunch of the wrapping paper before I could stop him.
Then I got busy on the eggs benedict. Every year for Christmas we have Dave’s parents over for breakfast, but this year they had extra family in town so we were on our own. I figured it was the perfect year to give the ol’ Eyre eggs benedict tradition another try. (I gave it a valiant effort for years but it always seemed to be a mess and no one was over the moon about them.)
This year I’d love to say that it was amazingly fool-proof and my family carried me out of the kitchen with cheers of pure joy, but it didn’t quite work like that.
I went through 32 eggs to get the five and a half that they actually ate. I overcooked the first batch, then threw them out, undercooked the second batch, scalded the butter for the hollandaise sauce and then had to throw out that first batch, the second batch worked but by then we only had quite raw eggs to go with it. Oh man, I thought I was a pretty ok chef. Hmmmm. Mom, how in the world did you do that all those years for so many of us??
At least we had some good candy to fill us up.
Lu played with her new lego sets all morning.
(She got Snow White from my parents so those two ladies sure enjoyed getting to know each other. Although I didn’t get a video this time, Lucy did this all morning.)
Nana and Papa came over with an extra gift:
It was a Christmas of princesses for this girl.
She couldn’t have been happier about that little fact.
My fav. Christmas gift was that Claire let me chop off her hair before we headed out for the Nana and Papa Christmas buffet.I just love that girl with short hair.
Oh and another fav. gift? Our friends rented out a whole theater so we could all go see Les Miserables.
SO nice not to have to fight the crowds. We left the little girls with Nana and Papa and soaked that amazing movie right in with our big kids who have all seen the play and loved the music. I could do a whole post about that show as well, but I’ll just say that despite a few voices I may have switched out, we all loved it. Left with such tear-smudged cheeks.
I still can’t believe it’s all over. I’m in denial so our decorations are holding out for a little longer until I put everyone to work this weekend transforming our house to be 2013 ready. We are loving this school break more than I can say (we don’t have to go back to school ‘til Monday). I have no idea what we will do when we have to start actually going to bed at a decent hour and doing homework again. Booo.
Merry Christmas, one last time :)