Christmas was everything it should be. Excited children, freezing nights, family gatherings, and our little family hunkered down together. No school, no week night obligations, Justin was home with us the entire Christmas break.
This marks the first year the children actually got up early on Christmas morning. Christmas Eve night is always spent at Grandpa and Grandma W’s house, with the aunts, uncles and cousins. It is usually a late night so the children typically sleep in on Christmas morning. Not this time… They were still plenty sleepy, but not too sleepy to open presents at the crack of dawn. Dexter wasn’t so sure about this getting-up-early-business
The gifts were opened in rapid fashion. They were all so genuinely pleased with their presents! The boys one-and-only gift from us was an Xbox and a Minecraft game. Somehow we managed to completely surprise them. It was so fun to see the dawning realization slide over their faces, and the excited hopping up and down in the living room.
After all the clutter had been cleared away and the kitchen cleaned up, I stood by the sink finishing the last of the breakfast dishes. Christmas carols drifted through the house, the girls played happily with their new dolls, all my fellas were all in the living room trying out the Xbox; it was one of those rare moments when you recognize exactly how sweet a moment is before it becomes a memory.
The year finished up quietly at our house.
Our New Year’s celebrations included a home-made Carnitas taco feast at home, playing Yahtzee, starting a jigsaw puzzles, eating Pizookies that Daddy made from scratch, and watching movies until midnight. We ran out onto the porch in the freezing air, set off our party poppers, whooped and hollered, and quickly ushered the kiddos to bed.
Hope your new year is looking lovely my friends, April