Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve we left for Nana and Oompa's around noon.   The boys were so excited all morning...they couldn't believe that Christmas was FINALLY here.  For me...if seemed t come super fast, as it does every year...but I guess for little boys..it tends to NEVER come.
 
The cousins arrived a little later and of course the 1st order of business was presents.  We exchanged gifts between the cousins....Seth got bey blades and Grant a dream light.  Our family also got a super cool new bike rack for our van/car!  It is really nice. And..mom and dad surprised Doug and I with a DVD of all the slides from us growing up.  That was super special....a real treasure.

 I didn't do a very good job the rest of the day with taking pictures.  We mainly relaxed, played a few games and had our annual Christmas Eve meal: spare ribs, mashed potatoes, sour kraut and peas. The kids do such a great job playing together now, which makes it much more enjoyable to relax and enjoy our time as a family.

We left Grant with Nana and Oompa while Seth, Andy and I went to church.  We picked up Grant..came home and fed the reindeer. 

 After getting into our new Christmas jammies, we watched Charlie Brown and had some popcorn.   At bedtime we did our annual Christmas Eve traditions:

Andy read about the birth of Christ from Luke 2
 I read "Twas the Night Before Christmas"

We left cookies for Santa
 And we got super excited about being able to open our presents after just 1 more sleep!
Grant was exhausted so he was out quickly....Seth, however took several hours to fall asleep...I think it was well past 11 before vision of sugar plums danced in his head.   I finished preparing brunch for Christmas Day before hitting the sack!

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