Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas recap

It was an oddish (is that even a word?) Christmas this year. An impending weather system completely wreaked havoc on our plans.

We drove up to my parents on Wednesday night, during sleet/freezing rain. Not the smartest move on our part, but slowly and carefully we made the normally 90-minute trip in three hours.

Thursday was Christmas Eve day. I had plans of finishing some sewing, wrapping presents, maybe baking something, watching some Christmas movies and playing games with my family before having our traditional soup supper and heading to Christmas Eve service.

Instead, I slept in as long as the kids would let me, lounged around in my pajamas, watched whatever show was on Disney or IPTV that the kids wanted, ate, ate some more, took a nap, ate some snacks and then finally took a shower. Church was canceled due to the weather, so we ate our soup and rice pudding and the kids got to open their Christmas jammies.

Somewhere in there, our darling kidlet turned into a hungry baby bird.

It didn't matter that she had her own bowl of delicious homemade potato soup, she wanted what was in our bowl, so she would sit, mouth wide open, making "ungh ungh" noises until someone gave her a spoonful. Silly girl!

Opening Christmas jammies after our baths:

What cuties!

The kiddos even let me sleep in on Christmas day. There was no church again due to the weather (seriously, without church, Christmas just feels weird) so the kids didn't get up until after 8 to open presents. And we actually had to remind the kiddo to look under the tree. I think this is probably the last year we'll have to do that, though.

A noisy backhoe!

And a Little People car

The kiddo decided the week before Christmas he actually wanted a Transformer. So Santa had to make an emergency run to Target to get one. Up until then he'd claimed he wanted a noisy backhoe, which had been ordered and procured the weeks before.

But I think he was happy with both.

The kidlet got a baby doll with stroller, high chair and crib.

Even the hub got in on the present-opening action.

After all the big presents, there were still stockings to open.

Which contained fun things like new socks, a shirt and a matchbox car.

Oh dear. I fear for the girls hearts in his high school class. I fear for my heart! My little boy, don't grow up, please. I don't know if I can take it!

After we had breakfast and played a bit, it was time to head up the road to my aunt/uncle's house for another soup dinner. And it's a good thing they literally live just up the road about 1/4 mile, because by this time, the temperature had dropped from 36 to 19 degrees and the rain turned into big, fat flakes of snow accompanied by very gusty winds.

Playing with our new James train

Goodness, the kidlet loves her baby.

Trying on Great Aunt Ruth's silly springy Santa hat

All this Christmasing sure wears a girl out.

We were delayed a day in getting to the ILs due to the weather, but we finally made it there on Saturday for round two of Christmas with the hub's family.

Always a fan of new clothes (with Grandpa)

He didn't have the heart to tell her she was reading upside down...

It's always hard to get back to "real life" after the whirl of Christmas. But we're trying!

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