We had a blessed and happy Christmas. Sure...my pregnancy brain caused us to miss out on a few traditions...but the kids didn't seem to notice. We went to Memaw and Epa's house, so it was nice to relax on the cooking bit and just assist Mom.
We went to a Christmas eve service at Mom's church and then did the annual Birthday Cake for Jesus afterward. Eliza really got into it and sang so sweetly! Both the girls helped make the cake this year.
I did remember to give them both their Christmas Eve gift: PJs. We stuffed the stockings...and all the usual hoopla. But, when we put the kids to bed, it felt like we'd forgotten something. Couldn't remember what....
After snuggling them down in their warm little beds, I remembered: COOKIES! How do you forget to leave Santa cookies????? I wouldn't dare pull them out of bed just to leave him a note and cookies, so I just did it myself. Jeez! In the morning, Addie pulled a note out of the tree that SHE had written him. It was so sweet!She thanked him for the Christmas gifts and wished him a Merry Christmas. She was disappointed that Santa didn't see it. It's not too late to send it to the North Pole, I hope.
I asked Addie what her favorite gift was and she told me it was her "make-up" set.
We asked Eliza what her favorite Christmas gift was and she said, "Christmas". I translated that to mean her dolly that comes in an infant carrier. Addie translated that to mean the stacking blocks she had given E for Christmas. Guess it's best that we don't know...that way we both will think we're rockstar gift givers. :)
The kids got some quality time with Epa and Memaw. Eliza was a bit hyper...running around like a, well, a two-year old! Addie did a lot of painting and crafts. I napped a lot. Micah and Dad (& Lucas) took a nice run on Dorner trail. Mom crocheted a hundred million rosettes for the girls' hats (because she's crafty like that). And baby boy...did his usual acrobatics in my womb.
The dogs LOVED their squeaky toys...I had to put them up because they tried to get into them the night before we left for Topeka...sneaky little things! It's nice to see Kaylee act like a puppy when she thinks someone is going to toss her new toy for her to fetch.
This goes without saying, but our Christmas was blessed. The weather was nice, the dogs got walks, the kids played HARD with their new toys, and boy did my mom make an amazing Christmas meal!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well! Now that we are past the Christmas rush, I'm realizing that I only have ONE month before our little man makes his entrance into the world. There is so much to do to prepare for him, including NAMING him! Let's pray (YOU too- we need it) that Micah and I come to a happy consensus in the next couple weeks. Surely, we can find something we both like, right? :)