I thought I'd better recap the events of December before the month is over. We had a wonderful Christmas at home with the five of us. I admit that I am not a huge fan of Christmas in general (I'm such a Scrooge! I know.) There were lots of things that I really loved about it this year, though. I loved being together with family. I loved seeing the kids get so excited and feeling the magic of it all. I loved reconnecting with old friends and family. I was especially touched that Presley was very into giving this year. She broke into tears when I came to her classroom the last week of school with gifts for her teachers. She was so sad that she didn't get to help me put the gifts together! That day she came home and we scrambled together all the Christmas candy we could find and made little treat bags for each and every one of her class mates. Later she went around the house, "shopping" for items she thought different friends would like. Then she proceeded to wrap these items. Seeing her really interested in the giving end of Christmas this year really made the season for me. Enough about that, here's the recap:
- We had a huge breakfast with fruit, bacon, eggs, toast with homemade jam, and pancakes.
- We made Christmas cookies for Santa
- We went to Chuck E. Cheese for a friend's birthday! (you could tell the workers wanted to get out of there. One was so rude to Noah, he said he never wants to go back there again!)
- We made a fire in the fireplace, watched A Christmas Carol with Jim Carey, and drank egg nog.
The kids opened one gift on Christmas Eve with brand new (badly needed) pjs. I was surprised at how excited they were about them. Yay!
The kids each got a hand made pillow case with their name on it from grandma Berry. They have been so excited for bed time since they got them. Each pillow case fits what each kid is into right now. So sweet.
More presents! Josh's family tradition is to get all the presents out from under the tree and sort them out. Then open one by one starting with the youngest to the oldest.
Josh and his books! You can see my loot pile in the background. Lots of running gear! I was so excited.
Charlie got one of those barking dogs. The next best thing to a real dog right? You can see our gingerbread house and all the cookies that Santa ate. We had to keep the gingerbread house for Santa to see.
It barely survived in time. Note all the missing candy pieces that "elves" had been snacking on through the week.
The kids got a few things that required assembly. This marble toy took Josh four hours to build! Labor of love. :) It was an awesome finished product with flashing lights and rocket sounds. Thanks grandpa and grandma Plant!
The 27th (my BIRTHDAY!):
Everyone seemed to stay inside. Josh didn't go in to work so we had another fun family day.
We went out for burritos and rented "Knight and Day" which had some fun Boston footage. We especially liked the Bunker Hill Bridge freeway scene. Cameron Diaz's fading Boston accent was pretty funny.
Since then we've been keeping busy with play dates and new stuff.
Pres and her Play Doh cake maker.
Charlie watching his new Toy Story 3 for the 100th time! (he calls it the "Roar Movie" because he loves the dinosaur in it)
Trains and hot cocoa. Check out my card wall this year. I stand there and re read and admire all the pictures. I love Christmas cards!!!
We've had lots of pizza. It's a favorite around here. Both Presley and I got the stomach bug right before Christmas. Pres threw up on the car ride home from the Nutcracker! Just a few days ago we started to get our appetites back. So pizza was a must.
So that is Chrstmas 2010 in a nutshell. We hope you all have a happy new year!