This year Christmas seemed to come in stages. Very slow, spread out stages. I was hit hard with the Christmas spirit and then knocked on my ... well... you know... when I was put on bed rest the day before we moved! I still maintain that my blood pressure was up due to all the excitement, but my doctor is very aggressive and maintained that I was to stay on the couch! This made for some difficulties with a move and major holiday (for which I was not done shopping) in the following days. So first came the move, then the Christmas shopping (done either without me or with me in a wheel chair, lol), and then Christmas and New Years. It was certainly a different kind of Christmas, but overall it was fun.
My husband, I can say, did not get a Christmas "break" this year. He packed our whole house - partly on his own and then with the help of my parents and a couple dear friends. He took care of me. He did some cooking, some cleaning,
some a lot of unpacking, and some a lot of driving. In all this he also managed to make it a Very Merry Christmas!
We enjoyed Christmas day (evening) at Chris' parent's house. We opened gifts and shared good food and good conversation.
The highlight of Christmas is always the kids and we all soaked up some Lily time (here she is seen with her Pap - Chris' Dad). Lily spent the first half of the break with her mother, so by Christmas day we were itching to love on her and celebrate the season with her laughter in the background! :-)
We enjoyed Christmas day very much with Chris' family, but I think we were equally excited about going to our new home for the first time with Lily to celebrate Christmas and to see what Santa had left for her! As has become tradition, Lily fell asleep in the car on the way home and so the 26th became Christmas morning all over again at our house!
Lily woke up and was ready to see not only what Santa had left for her, but to see her new house as well! In fact, she wanted to explore the house before she even opened her stocking! Her tour quickly gave way to opening gifts though and she was nothing short of delighted to find things she had asked for and surprises as well! Santa brought a stocking that was over flowing with teachery stuff and a HUGE Rice Krispie Treat!
Santa also brought her a flat screen TV for her bedroom! (with strict instructions that it was to be used with a new DVD player and not cable TV ;-) She got Operation and Pretty Pretty Princess - which we have played just about every day it seems. She unwrapped pillow pets, a new white board and markers, American Girl Doll stuff galore, teaching tools and toys, and all kinds of goodies right down to an M&M dispenser! :-) It was a very Merry Christmas indeed!
We enjoyed a few days rest and then got ready for stage 2 of Christmas - New Years Eve! With me on bedrest, we were unable to travel to see my family this year. Therefore, my whole family came to us! It was absolutely wonderful and I was overcome with gratitude for each of them for delaying their holiday and traveling all that way to spend New Years Eve and New Years Day celebrating with us in our new home!
Here sits Bentlee, Ken, Lily, Sarah, and Malcolm waiting to open gifts! We take turns in my family, going in a circle, opening gifts one at a time, making the fun last! :-)
We all opened wonderful treasures and played with new toys as we awaited the New Year! Kenslee got a band in a box from us and loved it! She provided all the entertainment we needed and stayed up and in good spirits to ring in the new year with us!
The New Years Eve slumber party has become quite a tradition and so have matching PJs. Here are the girls after ringing in the new year! I'm pretty sure they have the most fun of all of us! :-)
And for a Christmas miracle (on New Years Eve)...
a family photo!
My mom wanted a photo of all of us... taken on her camera... with a self time... and everyone looked AT the camera (even Kenslee) the FIRST time! That's right folks, we only had to take ONE picture! :-) Now that's a miracle for sure! ;-)
It was a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR indeed... even if it was a little segmented and unorthodox this year! Now, we are in our house, the holidays are over, and we are READY for Miss Ava Grace to make her appearance... like now!