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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

After all the preparations and planning, today was over in a blink of an eye or so it seemed.  The best gift was everyone slept until 7:10 or later...simply amazing!  Then it was off to the races.  Everyone was so excited to open the gifts.
Ready to go!
Elena was much more participatory this year and it was fun to watch.  Jonah, as he did last year, stopped to play with every gift.  This included reading new books!  Emma was super gracious about everything she received and was kind enough to allow Elena to open some of her presents.  Samuel just kept asking for his next present.
Elena loved her baby from Santa
Reading his new Magic Tree House book with presents still to be opened
A bike repair stand...a total surprise for him
an iPad....wow what a surprise!
Samuel was excited about his DS, but not as excited as Jonah

Emma loved all her accessories for McKenna

Playing with their new Beyblade track
Some of the mess to clean
Our new stack of games and movies
After the madness it was time for breakfast.  I made orange cranberry scones as soon as I woke up to hold us over until breakfast.  Drew prepared a feast of scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, and orange slices.  It was yummy!  We read the last devotion for our Jesse Tree...the story of Jesus' birth as our prayer.  Drew was the lucky one to hang the last ornament on our tree.

The rest of the day was spent playing with new toys, cleaning, and relaxing.   It was a great day!   There was lots of playing with play-dough, the DS's, legos, and babies.  Emma played with her doll stuff most of the day and then baked red velvet mini cupcakes in her new Ultimate Easy Bake Oven. 

Elena and Emma enjoying some homemade Eggnog!

Jonah hanging from the tree
Emma doing a Santa hat handstand
Our day was topped off with Christmas dinner.  We usually just snack all day, but with a marathon looming I wanted to eat a little more healthy.  So, we had ham, baked sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry salad, and rolls.  I bought sparkling cider for the kids and they loved it!  After dinner we lit the Christ candle and reviewed the meaning of each candle.  It was the perfect way to end our Christmas celebration.

Today was perfect.  Everyone loved everything they received.  They were also just as excited to give their gifts, which is the real meaning of today!

Merry Christmas from all of us!!

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