Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas 2013

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The calendar says it's December 29th, but I don't see how that's possible, as it was Thanksgiving only last week.

December 29th.  Ben is 18 months old today (more on that in another post).  Christmas has come and gone, along with a couple Christmas parties and activities that I need to catch up on documenting here on this dusty blog.  I've been away from work and subsequently away from the computer.

But first.  Christmas.

It was lovely.  Aside from Ben being sick.  That, and all that came along with it, was not lovely.

On Christmas Eve we went to Gigi & Pepaw's.  Ben kind of fussed and cried off and on all day.  He just wasn't a happy camper.  Avery was getting over an ear/throat infection and cough (that is still lingering), but otherwise felt fine.

We had a lovely afternoon and evening with family and Avery & Ben enjoyed opening gifts.

Tracking Santa

We came home and set out some cookies and milk for Santa (apple & carrot for the reindeer, obvs), along with some reindeer chow sprinkled on the driveway.

Then Dad Claus started assembling the kitchen for Avery.  A toy kitchen was her only request from Santa (and that was after much prodding).  The Santa gifts were a kitchen and monkey (Santa got a much better deal) for Avery, a vacuum (he is obsessed with the vacuum) and bag of wooden blocks for Ben, and a Radio Flyer saucer for both of them.  They each had a few wrapped gifts and of course a stocking.  But we didn't go overboard (really!).

The kids did not wake up early on Christmas morning.  I think we got up around 8:30 (and Ben had to be woken up).  I actually woke up first and went to the office to do something, and I heard Avery come running down the hall saying "eeeeeeeee, he came!"

Ben was definitely not feeling well on Christmas.  He just wanted to be held and would hardly get off my lap to open any gifts or play.

We headed over to my mom's for brunch.  After stuffing ourselves we exchanged gifts (while Ben napped).

Quilts made by Mimi

We returned home to the chaos of wrapping paper and toys (and toys and more toys).

I would say we all had a very lovely Christmas. These kids have no idea how lucky they are.   And I think Rob and I are pretty lucky as well.

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