Christmas round up post? Here we go!
The unit Christmas party was at a really cool church youth rec center. I mean this place had an indoor basketball court, moon bounce, spiderman wall, plenty of table space and a big stage that we got to set up for Santa to come and visit. Fun times.
We finished our Christmas cookie baking just in time- a bit delayed by a nasty stomach virus which made it rounds for everyone here in the house except daddy. These little Santa guys are kinda a tradition, I’ve made them many a year past with my own mama.
These merry little guys were Santa’s special treats that we left out for him (along with a few carrots for the reindeer) and treats for us to bring along to the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day festivities at the grandparents houses. Made with a simple sugar cookie recipe that called for two stick of butter. It’s the only way to go with sugar cookies folks
I love getting to be “Santa’s Elf” on Christmas Eve. Finishing the wrapping, arranging everything perfectly under the tree, eating the cookies (and putting the carrots back in the refrigerator), prepping the camera for a quick grab come Christmas morn. Next year I would love to make the kids their own special Christmas pajamas, but this year as things came down to the wire, I opted for grabbing some cute ones from Old Navy. Somehow they both ended up having some sort of bathroom related accidents in them, so while we were opening gifts they were being laundered for wear to Nina and Poppy’s. I love that about our life- no matter how I plan, how my photographer mind’s eye envisions the moment, somehow the perfection of my vision falls short- and it ends up being even more beautiful than my vision.
Asher was so excited to open his leapster explorer learning game from good ol Saint Nick.
And as you can see behind brother there, Amelia got her first little trike. And thanks to our mild Texas winter weather, she has had plenty of opportunity to get out and give it a go. I have to admit that shopping for “boy things” is fun, but shopping for girl things, oh my. I’m afraid I enjoy it a little too much…
I feel that as the years go by and our family grows in age and in numbers, this season of Advent and the Christmas celebration just get better. Understanding the season of preparation more deeply, the joy of Christmas Day more fully and watching my children bloom and begin to understand is, well, completely awesome. Each year changes as our extended family and their lives do as well, this was the first Christmas that we didn’t get to spend with Aunt Kristen, Uncle Brian and cousins Wesley and Riley and it felt a little bit sad. But thanks to the wonder of the internet and video chat, we got to see their faces and kinda be “there” with them for part of their morning.
We are still celebrating Christmastide here at home, Baby Jesus remains in his manger and the Wise Men are slowly making their way across the house with their gifts. I love that when the after Christmas sadness starts to creep into my heart (it’s always sad once the part is over isn’t it?), I look at the Babe Jesus in the nativity and know that we really have so much to celebrate every.single.day.
Happy Christmas dear Family and Friends. I hope yours was as blessed as ours.