We spent the 'Eve of Christmas Eve' baking cookies and eating homemade chili with Jeff's family. The sugar cookies didn't last long...
|Notice the shoes here: the one time Maisy is dressed in head-to-red, she refuses to wear her red "dorothy shoes". Instead she opted for hot pink patent leather. Funny girl!|
On Christmas Eve we attended the afternoon children's service at church. The music and laid-back atmosphere was a hit with this group. Afterwards we had both our families over for a traditional dinner complete with roasted turkey-- compliments of Jeff :)
On Christmas morning, we actually woke the girls up at 6:30am. We couldn't wait any longer! They rushed down the stairs to see what Santa had brought. Afton found her cape, the Care Bears Elephant and instead of fairy dust--- a new bike. Santa left a letter explaining that he couldn't give her fairy dust--it was best to leave the flying to his elves and reindeer. But instead he made her a new bike, so she might be able to go just as fast :)
Santa did bring Maisy her Barney and a new puppet theater as well since she is such a fan of the 'puppets and shakies' at the library. (Of course she hasn't put her Barney down since he arrived!) Then we exchanged our gifts. Under the tree I found an iPad, Maisy got a mini-four-wheeler, Afton unwrapped a Nintendo DS, and Jeff got his own razor scooter!
My Dad and Tricia joined us for breakfast, a few more gifts (new running shoes!!!) and then some outdoor fun.
That evening we had Christmas dinner at my Mom and Dave's house. I loved getting to spend time time with my sisters too.
We were so happy to celebrate Christmas with our family and pause to give thanks for all of life's blessings.