Christmas always sneaks up on me when I'm working full time leading up to it, and this year was no different. Even though we’ve been doing Chrismassy things all month. For example, this year, for the first time, we went to Christmas in the Park, which our town holds when it lights the town Christmas tree. It was actually a super warm afternoon (just before the big storms hit).
Then, last week, we had our annual Christmas party with our our good friends, and we took all the kids to the area nearby known for its spectacular light display.
And, of course the kids made a gingerbread house. It even stayed standing up this year!
And Jason was good about keeping me posted in the last few days of the week. For example, yesterday, the kids made and decorated sugar cookies with some dough I prepared.
Today we went for a morning walk as a family to grab some last minute groceries (and Starbucks). At Starbucks, one of Casey’s art projects from school was on display, so of course we had him pose with it for a photo.
Then we visited with my brother and his family. Tate and his cousin are just three months apart in age. Isn’t she a cutie? (You already know I think he is.)
(Sorry that last picture is a little, uh, revealing. Darned scoop-neck shirt.)
We also went to mass. Despite arriving 40 minutes early, there were no seats. So we sat outside. In the cold. Brrr.
The kids are watching A Christmas Story now—and in about 10 minutes, we’ll attempt to ready them for bed. They know Santa won’t be here until they are asleep. And they know not to wake up before 6:00am. (A time they picked out!) So we’ll see how the night goes. Tate had been waking up nightly for about 10 days there—and today I discovered he’s broken through two molars. No wonder the poor kid can’t sleep! (He’s also learned to blow kisses, play peek-a-boo by covering his own face, and he uses the signs now for “more” and “all done” with regularity—he’s a regular boy genius! I’m so excited he can communicate with us—it only took us three kids to get to this point!)
Hope your Christmas Eve has been full of sweet smells and time with family. And may all your Christmas wishes be fulfilled!