We spent a very nice Christmas Eve at my parents home...We all enjoyed the traditional butterball soup, except G (and Grandma) who decided he didn’t even want to give it a try. His loss, which turned into an extra butterball for Ava...lucky girl! We ate so much food...all good, but boy, I was ready to sleep it off when we got back home. Instead, we opened the traditional ONE gift on Christmas Eve...Ava has caught on and knows that it’s always new pajamas, but G thought he was going to get something cool, and he wanted a redo. Haha!
And of course we left a cookie, fudge, carrot, and eggnog out for Santa and Rudolph. G was very adamant that the carrot was only for Rudolph, and not any other reindeer. He insisted that Rudolph isn’t very big or strong, which is why he needs the carrot more than any of the other reindeer. I’m not really sure where he got the idea that Rudolph is weak, but I do like that he wants to take care of him...
Hi Lucky! (Lucky knows it's just pjs in G's gift...)
Matching jammies for families - "Naughty is the new Nice!" (Except Scott...he got something else)
After a lovely breakfast of quiche, we opened all of our gifts. It was pretty awesome to watch how excited the kids were to tear into things. It was a very generous year, and we are very grateful for all of the wonderful presents that were given to our family. Ava made the comment that she has too much stuff, and has no more room to put anything. I advised her that we’re going to go through all of the toys and will be doing some donations in the near future. She agreed, and started to clean stuff out on her own. WOW!
We received some wonderful food gifts for Christmas, which are a treat...peach/berry crisps, cinnamon rolls, egg benedict sets, etc. Items we will definitely use, but will not take up space in our house. Love it!
The train set is bigger than he is!
G was the lucky recipient of a game where it's all about doggie poo...it's actually easy and fun. Who knew?
And then it was back to normal, non-Christmas life...daycare for G, release days for Ava. While they were occupied during the day, I did a TON of stuff around the house...fun things, like cleaning the fridge, cleaning the cabinets, cleaning out the medicine cabinet, etc. It’s so nice to get that all tidied up. Scott ended up taking a few days off, too, so we grabbed some lunch together, and went to the jeweler to get his ring re-sized so he can finally wear it again (he smashed his finger a while ago, and the ring won’t fit over his knuckle.) So glad we are getting that taken care of!
Mommy and G - and puppy!
They both decided to take a nap in the booth after dinner out one night...Ava doesn't look thrilled, does she?
Thank you, Santa! My mom and I split this and it was yummy!
Scott also snuck in a fun afternoon/night out with friends, which is great. He doesn’t often have time to go out and have fun since he works so hard, so I’m glad he was able to do that.
Scott and my dad worked hard on our basement yesterday...we now have recessed lights installed in the main room! Plus, the shop room is ready to go, so I think I can start organizing next weekend. It’ll be fantastic to have a permanent home for all of our things that have just been lingering in our basement. I sense a massive purge coming on...hooray!
We’re heading out to celebrate New Years with our dear friends tonight...Ava has told me several times how excited she is to see Isabel and Evie. And G really loves their blue house, so we all win! Haha!
Be safe, and if you’re in MN, stay warm...it’s -12 below right now. Brrrrr!
Happy New Year! Bring on 2018!