Monday, December 27, 2010

Our Christmas

Ours was different this year.  Normally we have the hub bub of driving from here and there and everywhere but this year, we decided to stay home.  Since this was our first year just the 5 of us I decided that I had to finish my Christmas shopping that morning.  (I would not recommend this nor will I do this in the future.) I ended up spending all morning and part of the afternoon shopping.  I love shopping but just no on Christmas Eve. 

We had a very relaxing evening though.  I made a virtually carb free dinner of Chicken wings, carrots, cucumbers, cheese slices, brown n serve rolls and pickles.  (the pickles  were supposed to be Pickle Wraps but I forgot the meat for them and didnt' realize it until I went to make them...) 

We let the girls stay up late and we watched The Chronicles Of Narnia (the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) with them.  This was one of my favorite books growing up and the girls just love the movie.  ( I can't wait to see the new one that just came out!) 

After the girls went to bed I wrapped presents and stuffed stockings for Christmas morning.  I finally made it to bed at 1am Christmas morning! 

I had dreams of how Christmas morning would be this year.  Well, you all know about dreams and the fact they rarely come true....

It wasn't that mine didn't come true but it all started out much different then I would have liked.

I didn't wake up to the sound of the girls asking if we could open presents yet, I woke up to Lovebug telling me that Dexie was broken. HUH?  I shook my head.  Did I hear her right?  Dexie is BROKEN?!  As I look at Dexie, she isn't broken.  (thank God!!)  She does need a sensor change though. I wanted Christmas to be free of site changes and sensor changes.  Thanks D.  That was a great way to start Christmas morning off.  

Needless to say I did not want the girls to have to wait any longer then they already had to wait to open presents.  I decided to wait until bedtime to put a new sensor in and go without Dexie for the day.  Normally, this would have sent me into a panic but for some reason, I just went with the flow.  

We decided to make it a tradition to have breakfast before the girls open gifts.  Although I read somewhere among the many blogs I caught up on today that someone leaves a few unwrapped so they have something to play with while breakfast is being made.  I thought that was a great idea!  We might have to try that for next year.  

I had a grand breakfast planned but the girls would have nothing of it, they wanted to eat cereal for breakfast.  Well then, eat cereal and mom will enjoy the cinnamon rolls! So cereal it was for the kids and eggs for mom and dad.  

The girls managed to spill on their pajamas during breakfast so we had them get dressed before we opened presents.  A very typical thing for them.  We usually by them pajamas to open on Christmas Eve so they get to wear them for  Christmas morning, well good thing I didn't do that this year!  

The girls loved all the gifts. There wasn't a lot but as you can see they had a few favorites!  

Princess and her new Dora spinning toothbrush

Princess loves her new Tag Reader, and the Miss Spider book!

The look of exhilaration from receiving princess lip gloss and body glitter! 

Lovebug opening her Fancy Nancy Doll

You can't tell she is excited about it or anything...

The Fancy Nancy blanket that I made her.  The front of it looks just like her doll. 

I don't think she likes it at all....
My Hello Kitty fanatic! 

A large Hello Kitty to go with the new Comforter.

A better picture of "Hello Kitty". 

Opening the Wii, Peanut got it right away. The other two took a minute! 
We spent the afternoon playing Wii, watching TV and making crafts with the girls. It was a pretty relaxing afternoon.  

This was the first year we have had Christmas dinner at our house with just our family.  It was really nice but for some reason, I had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. (that is a whole other blog post)  It really didn't hit me until a couple days before. Then I was just overwhelmed with things to accomplish. Christmas dinner just didn't end up being my thing this year.  I decided to make one of my favorite Chicken dishes this year rather then try to pick something new.  I really wanted Prime Rib, but that stuff isn't cheap.  I am saving up for next year though!  I made a few of the family favorites, like my mashed potatoes and rolls.  Nothing too fancy this year but I have 12 months to think about next Christmas!  

Even though this Christmas was different from years past, It really ended up being one of my favorite.  I will remember it and cherish it forever. 


htimm=) said...

All in all it sounds like you had a grand day and a very merry Christmas!

Amy said...

What a beautiful recap, Heather! I discovered this year it is all about the thought, not the price tag. I wrapped every little thing I could and the piles of packages were teetering. My 3 kiddos had a blast opening up every last one. Even the ones filled with socks.

We aer making due with less this year because of D, but the season came (and now went) without my kids noticing a difference at all.

It really is all about how we look at it, and you looked at it with rose colored glasses, my dear.

Nice post!

connie said...

Your Christmas sounds like it was filled with blessings and joy...despite the D...oh yeah, and braving the stores on Christmas Eve!!! You are one brave D-mama on that one my friend :)

Love the pictures, the kids look like they had an amazing morning filled with lots of great gifts.

Alexis of Justices Misbehaving Pancreas said...

Glad you didnt let D ruin your day! Yay for wii we love ours!

Wendy said...

It sounds absolutely beautiful. Quite honestly, I **love** our quiet family Christmases....they are very meaningful to our family, and I don't like feeling lost in a schedule to keep.

It's funny how different traditions are. Gifts under our tree come from family -- some via mail from loved ones far away, others from us to the girls...Santa leaves a few things unwrapped and fills the stockings. This is how I grew up...and I assumed it's how everyone manages Santa!

Reyna said...

I loved the Narnia series as well Heather! Bridget has gotten into the books...Joe hasn't started them yet. And...the movie is fantastic.

BUMMER on shopping on Christmas Eve girl!!! EEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKK!

Sounds like a great Christmas. Glad you found some spirit on the 11th hour! xoxo

Hallie said...

Sounds like a great day! I love low key holidays! The girls look super happy! I'm so glad it was a special Christmas for you!


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