this was the year of doing christmas day in the mountains. we made the decision just a couple days before christmas. my parents were on board, my sister was on board, wade’s parents were on board, and wade’s brother was on board.
christmas eve morning, i got the flu. big time. i was so emotional not only from feeling like i was on my death bed, but also how to handle christmas as the plan was for everyone to drive up on christmas eve, after the kid’s performance at our church. wade had already packed the car with all the gifts and we were ready to go. luckily with the patience and calmness only he has, we decided to delay our family christmas plans by 24 hours and luckily for me, the flu bug left me about 9pm christmas eve as strongly as it had hit me that morning. i’m so thankful for a flexible family.
wade stayed up late unpacking the car and all the gifts that night so christmas morning was spent with just our little family. and me on the couch feeling 10 lbs lighter after the previous days’ events. i guess it’s not a bad thing to lose some weight right before christmas, right?!
we started the morning with the kids reading from jesus calling bible storybook. the illustrations are incredible, and the kids really love reading from it. and i LOVE watching my kids read to each other.
ps. ava’s glasses were from santa in her stocking. she requested “nerd glasses”.
then i attempted to get a decent picture of all the kids together. of course the “perfect” shot wasn’t achieved, but i love the results.then our continued tradition of finding the pickle. since our tree this year was so “transparent”, we hid the smallest pickle and ava found it which means she got to choose the first gift to give at christmas.this year we really tried to enforce the idea of giving-is-better-than-receiving with the kids. they were each given $10 to buy gifts for each other. we made our once a year trek to toys-r-us, otherwise purposely avoided by me the rest of the year. we split up into teams searching for the perfect gift for each other. i took the boys to find a gift for ava, then we took ava and tyson to find a gift for levi, then ava and levi to find a gift for tyson. it was quite humorous running around the store trying to avoid each other and using our phones to make sure we were on opposite sides of the store. the kids really got into it and it was especially rewarding watching their faces christmas morning as the weeks of anticipation and secret keeping were rewarded with the gift receivers’ excitement over their gift from the siblings.
oh, and the non-prompted hugs of thanks. that made this momma cry.and here’s a few more fun faces from christmas morning. i cannot say enough how much i have been treasuring childhood lately. i look into these faces and just want to make time stand still. life throws a lot of curve balls at you, and i am so grateful for these younger years. they do go by too fast. i want to wrap them up and keep them young forever.
my heart is full.merry belated christmas everyone….in january.