Well, the day is finally here.....or it's better described as the wee hours of the morning!
I didn't sleep well...nervous that I had forgotten something or that the kids had seen us or something. I was also hot! I mean, I love this warm Christmas weather but I do not love sweating at night while trying to sleep.
I got up at some point to turn the a/c on and realized the gate at the top of the stairs wasn't closed, so I shut it. This ended up being a pivotal moment because a few minutes after 5 (AM that is) I was awoken by 2 little ones trying to get the gate open and sneak downstairs. I sent them back to bed with instructions they couldn't get up until at least 6 and surprisingly they turned around without so much as a fuss. At some point Will went and got in bed with Avery and a few minutes before 6 they were up again. After a loud and crazy awakening of NaNa, we let them go downstairs.
Waiting (im)patiently while I snap a picture!
And they're off!
I love seeing the pure joy on their faces!
Sunny and Izzy were such good dolls this year. They got a spa chair, complete with a hair washing station and a pedicure tub! Sunny gives it a whirl!
Just to prove that Matt and I were actually there on Christmas morning!
We gave Matt a fire pit....we've had fun times roasting marshmallows in the front yard/driveway in our shorts!!
Before NaNa headed east to celebrate Christmas with Matt, Cecily and Walter, she got a surprise Christmas morning car wash. And yes, Avery is a "special" child!
Christmas night we headed to Uncle Gray and Aunt Greta's new GORGEOUS house for a yummy Christmas dinner. The Charlotte family joined us, except for cousin Ted who had hurt his back. Just some random photos of the craziness of gift time.
I love these pics of Gray as he holds down the fort in the kitchen!
Mimi just moved out of her house that she has lived in for gosh, I guess over 35 years. I had a Christmas ornament painted for her with a pic of her house on it. I just loved it and I think she did too.
The next morning we had the whole family over for a big breakfast/brunch. The only pic I got were of Avery and Aunt Greta having an Xbox dance off!! It's a wonder they could even bust a move in the midst of Lego Land aka the bonus room!