Saturday, January 3, 2015


It took me a little while to get pictures together, but yes, we did have a fun Christmas!  It did sneak up on me just a bit, but everything turned out okay in the end.

On Christmas Eve, my parents came up a little after lunchtime.  Everyone visited and I started baking for Christmas dinner.  The little girls girls made their cookies for Santa.  Secora chose chocolate chip and Sedona chose carrot cake cookies because she thinks Santa needs to be healthier.  Sierra is in on the Santa bit, so she supervised/helped her sisters instead of making her own cookies.  The carrot cake cookies were better than I expected, they just left out the pineapple.

We put the kids off on opening presents for a little bit, but as soon as dinner was over, they were chomping at the bit.  Things were a bit modest this year because we know we have a lot of cash outflow coming up this spring, but the kids were still really happy with what they got.

Super excited to have her own "school books"!
And socks.  This child has been excited about socks all her life.
Books and games and clothes, oh my!
We recently moved a spare bed out of Sierra's room.  She told me the empty space was a PERFECT reading corner and that she really wanted a comfy chair to go in her reading corner.  Well who could resist that?
The one present they all REALLY wanted was a set of walkie talkies.  We had an old set just sitting around, so we bought another set that could use the same channels and then wrapped them all up together.  Since this present was to all of them, it was set aside to open last.  After they opened the rest of their presents, sweet Sedona says, "well, we didn't get walkie talkies, but this is still the best Christmas!"  And then we gave them this last present to open.  They were SO excited.
I only got a blurry picture, but Secora and Sedona were really happy to get matching gymnastics outfits.  It took about 4 days to get these away from them.  It seemed no matter what we did, they'd show up in these again.
Another favorite gift was a big swing from Uncle Coo and Aunt Jen Jen.  It took a couple days to get this hung up for them, but once we did, we couldn't get them off of it!
After more visiting and some ice cream, grandma and pa-paw went to spend the night (and open presents the next morning) with the other set of grandkids.  We checked NORAD and found out Santa was already in Florida.  These girls ran off to bed faster than I've ever seen before!

The next morning, it was time to see what Santa stuffed in their stockings:

And, of course, Santa Paws always leaves a treat for puppies (he wasn't too interested in waiting to pose)
At lunchtime, all the family members came back over for "the big Christmas Feast" as Sedona calls it.  A good time was had by all!  One of the best parts is Josh was off work all last week.  Even though we were home, it felt like vacation.  We've all had a chance to just sit around without ten million things to do!!

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