I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of Jesus and spending time with family and friends. I am on day 2 of post-Christmas-meltdown with my kids, and unfortunately I also caught the cold they had over the holidays. Needless to say, both kids are napping and I am sitting in a quiet living room with my hot tea going through pictures from Christmas. And–we still have one left on Sunday!
Christmas Eve is always spent with my parents, and every year we have chili and baked chicken sandwiches. It’s what my dad’s family always did, and this is probably one of my favorite traditions. We also snack on a meat and cheese tray and ALL of the goodies we made the week before–peanut butter balls, fudge, divinity, 4 flavors of hard candy, peanut clusters, butter brickle, and caramels. YUM. It’s hard to stay out of, but I think I will be glad when it is gone. My mom helped Brayden decorate a plate for Santa’s cookies, and they made some cutout cookies for his place. Such a cute tradition to start.
We did gifts after dinner then packed up all of our new loot. Jamie and Eric got Kenley the Disney Princess castle and it has been a HUGE hit. She loves it. It is so cute to see her playing with it. Did I mention I love having a girl? My brother, sister, and brother in law surprised me with a beautiful coat that I had been wanting from a local boutique, and my mom gifted me the Pandora charms that coincide with the kids birthstones. Love. I also received new wooden spoons and spatulas, another adorable coat, and new Pyrex dishes! I love that my mom is practical.
Christmas morning was spent at home, just the four of us. This is my second favorite tradition! I love getting up with the kids Christmas morning and exchanging gifts with just US. Brandon surprised me with new Ugg Moccasins, a beautiful dress/tunic, Starbucks gift cards, and an apple peeler/corer/slicer. I have always wanted one because I am AWFUL at peeling anything–and I think deep down he really just wants me to attempt to make pie!
After we all were ready, we headed to Brandon’s moms house for Christmas with her and Brandon’s brothers. Poor Brayden and Kenley were fighting colds, but they held their own and there were minimal meltdowns. If only I could say the same for the amount of snot. Sheesh! I feel like all I did over Christmas was wipe snotty noses. BUT– I am thankful it wasn’t worse. We had a great afternoon there, ended up with LOTS of Minnie Mouse things for Kenley, a Cars airplane and Nerf basketball set for Brayden, and new sheets for our bed! WOO!
After that, we stopped by Brandon’s grandparents house (secretly I only wanted some cookies!) and then headed home to crash. Such a busy few days, but we are truly blessed.
How was your Christmas?