We had Christmas with just the four of us this year. It was very mellow, and very nice. I worried that I wouldn't know how to do it alone, without mom there to make it special. I think I did okay...
Hold on tight...cuz here comes some pictures, folks!
So Christmas Eve Day began as any other...Daddy going to work, Breccan being silly, and Sassy getting dressed up with stickers...
Breccan wearing our 3D glasses from the movie, Avatar (it costs $28.50 to see a 3D movie at night!).
The kids and I went shopping for a couple little things (food mostly) and we did a few crafts.
For dinner we decided that to have fondue...let me tell ya, that's a LOT of work for a short amount of eating time, especially with kids...they weren't that interested. They liked getting the cheese on their food, but they didn't necessarily like eating it afterwards. The meat fondue they weren't patient enough for and BayLea at the beginning, just picked up a piece of steak and popped it in her mouth...we'd neglected to tell her it was uncooked until she cooked it in the fondue pot. It looked fairly cooked (to her eyes) because it'd been marinated.
I have no idea what daddy is yacking about back there...
But here he is saying "fond-ooooo".
Now the chocolate part of the fondue was excellent...we all liked that!
After fondue, we opened a couple presents...their Christmas jammies (because you just have to open jammies) and their present from Great Pa and Great Laura, because I knew they were breakable and didn't want them to get broken in the chaos of Christmas morning. Breccan had already opened his, in his room under the bed...I'm not sure what it was about this present that had him so fascinated...I'm surprised he didn't break it in process, but he didn't.
BayLea actually wore her jammies all night. I don't bank on her wearing them any more though...she's not into jammies with pants...must be a nightgown. In fact the next night, when I was putting her to bed (and she was not happy with me) told me she wasn't wearing those stupid, ugly jammies.
And this is my favorite picture from Christmas and will be on the cover of my Christmas book that I'll make soon.
The next morning BayLea woke up around 5:45 or so. She was wondering if Santa had made it here. We laid in bed for a while, then sent her down to see if he was there. She was so excited. This really has been the first Christmas she was excited. The last years had her just sitting and looking, maybe overwhelmed. She ran and woke up Breccan, and then the chaos ensued!
They got cameras...which take TERRIBLE pictures...I'm thinking of returning them and just getting them a cheap, real camera.
This game is pretty fun. The kids have to pedal their way through different obstacle courses.
Breccan's present from Auntie Julie and Uncle Josh and girls. Big hit.
Later on, we played the wii. That was fun.
We also headed over to Auntie Tina's and Uncle Jamie's to take Jaron and Kaisha their present. They wanted money...and how boring is that? So we got walnuts (my Great Uncle John one time did this) and cracked them carefully, put money in them and then glued them back together. We did small bills, and left some of the walnuts alone, so they had to crack them all to see if there was money in them or not. Jery even did some that had half walnuts and half money. It was hilarious watching them.
For dinner we had prime rib, Pioneer Woman's Crach Hot Taters, and roasted veggies, and home made cranberry sauce (which was a big hit...Jery loved it).
And real pumpkin pie.
Oh and hot cocoa!
And if you can believe it, I'm done posting now! Whew!
I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!