It may not be card worthy but it's us and I love it. This year seemed to really come together calmly and slowly. This is the girls in their Christmas pajamas and me half in my pajamas. Jeans because I still need to unload stuff from the car. I was working on a little more wrapping and we were baking some Snickerdoodles for Santa. Ava set them all up. Nice choice of glass lady.
Like the face? Basically this was because she more wanted to eat the ball off the hat and getting this photo was like dealing with a toddler who we were begging to sit still. We did end up with a couple good ones but the crazy eyes of this one made us laugh.
Thanks to my Mom and sister as always for keeping this family trucking. We all worked together to get the kids some really great presents this year, a beautiful tree and food on the table. That is always a rough balancing act for me. This year Olivia was a great help too. She knows the Santa Secret but keeps it well and helped me with wrapping, planning and Elfing. It wouldn't have been so smooth with that either. I was lucky enough to be in bed before Midnight.
I never want to miss the first reaction so as soon as I heard the first creak of beds upstairs I jumped up and plugged in the tree and sat in the dark waiting. This will be my favorite picture for a while. Ava is investigating in the dark. Of course there have been presents under the tree for a couple days but nothing like this. Once she looks around she says-Mom, this is just too much.
God, I love this kid.
Soon we were snuggling and talking and waiting. By 7am everyone was up and ready and the crazy could begin. I was excited to give Nana and Olivia their cameras first so they could take pictures if they wanted. On a side note we don't have a lot of pictures because we were actually enjoying ourselves. I would like more of that. I love the photos but making the memories and holding them in my heart seems cooler right now.
The photo below is Ava reading her Good Bye note from Smurfette by the light of the Christmas Tree.
The faces about are are I am reading the paperwork explaining we are going to see the Blueman Group-TOMORROW! We as I type this today. And the hug to Nana thanking her is below.
Once the melee died down it was back to staring at their cell phones but everyone seemed happy and content. I know I was. My Mom seemed to feel like she needed to explain her "practical" gifts to me but in reality they were all perfect. I am forever putting stuff for myself or the house on hold so I can get what the kids need or want and soon you realize your house is outdated and rough and your car needs $1000 worth the work. So waste and frivolousness freaks me out but all of my gifts were needed, like really needed and improve my life and for that I say THANK YOU!