Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christmas 2013

We spent the holiday in town again this year, and were again invited for Christmas Eve dinner at Benjamin's and Chloe's grandparents' house.  The boys got a thrill out of using fine china and drinking "wine" (sparkling cider).

All the usual traditions were carried out: milk and cookies for Santa (despite all the homemade baked goods to choose from, JT insisted Santa wanted chocolate chip and so one had to be purchased....), saying good bye to our Elf on the Shelf, Johnny Duddle, who was last seen commandeering a pirate ship, and a reading of The Night Before Christmas at bedtime.

And then commenced the last minute frenzy of wrapping and assembling that took until almost 2am.  Admittedly, I really didn't have my act together this year, but who would have known that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Shell Raiser car had 37(!) stickers to attach?  Loving the color scheme of the ribbons and paper this year!

Christmas always starts bright and early with this one. 

Santa brought everything that Joseph hoped for, including lots and lots (and lots) of Lego sets:  Lego Star Wars, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Ninjago, Lego Chima......that's a lot of sharp little pieces to step on in the dark ;)  But there were also games, action figures, movies, and sports clothes.

It's always important to connect with family, so we made sure to call the grandparents and cousins who live so far away.  What a gift to see Mimi and Poppy smiling at us from Louisiana!  Gotta love Face Time for the holidays.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Cute Carl…Glad I was dressed for the occasion. we love and enjoy our Skype calls with y'all …dressed or not…We love the Alton Boys..MIMi