Christmas Eve we celebrated at Rachel and Graham's house with a lovely fondue dinner for the adults while the kids snuggled in for popcorn and a movie downstairs. Dinner sans kids was both very relaxing - it felt so luxurious to drink a glass of wine and carry on an adult conversation without being constantly interrupted by a little one or wiping noses/spills/the floor. It also felt a bit odd not having the usual chaos the kids bring.
|A rockin' Christmas Eve|
|Watching a movie|
|With Grandma and Grandpa Nickolay|
(None of us noticed at the time but the camera picked up the pizza sauce on Hadley's face in every single picture.)
|Being goofy with grandpa|
|These two are so cute and get along so well except when they fight over toys and hurt each others' feelings.|
|The Christmas Eve young crew|
|Me and my pizza sauce girl|
|The boys were so hot from running around playing that they had to strip down to cool off during dessert.|
Christmas morning Miles and Hadley were totally delighted that Santa made a stop at our house (Miles has been asking a lot of questions about the mechanics of our chimney though because we don't really have a real one - it's a gas fireplace). I wish I had had my video camera first thing in the morning because the Christmas tree was lit at the end of our dark hallway and I loved the image of Miles, in the darkness framed by our gigantic tree, tiptoeing out into the family room to see what Santa brought. Santa brought Miles a John Deere tractor and trailer. His reaction, which we did get on video, was "this is awesome! Cool! Oh yeah!" Hadley got a doll which she promptly named "Baby Rylan" and has been carrying around and nurturing ever since. Miles also got from us a Hot Wheels racetrack and Hadley a wooden birthday cake set and they both got a puppy/kitty/veterinarian set and a puppet theater. We spent the morning exactly how Christmas mornings should be spent - in our pjs, playing with toys with wrapping paper strewn everywhere.
Later that morning we went to church, at which both Miles and Hadley were on the verge of sleep, and to my Aunt Nancy's for a big holiday get together. It was a wonderful Christmas and we're looking forward to continuing the joy of the season with Mike's family.
|Showing off the toys from their stockings|
|Miles found even further evidence that Santa visited our house - the white chocolate-dipped pretzels were gone!|
|Opening up his gift from Santa|
|Playing mama to her doll and kitty|
|Reading to Baby Rylan|
As 2013 draws to a close I want to thank all of the loyal fans who read this blog each week. Some I hear from often as they comment on the pictures I posted or what I wrote the week before and others who I have no idea follow the goings-on of our family regularly (like I just discovered my Uncle Charlie reads the blog every Monday morning and gave me a hard time because I missed a few weeks!). I've been writing this since 2009 and just surpassed 27,000 page views! (Not a lot my today's social media standards but I don't advertise!) It brings me joy to reflect on the week and record the sweet moments of my kiddos lives - thank you for sharing in that joy with me. Merry Christmas!