Monday, December 26, 2011

Post Christmas Coma....

It's the day after. Christmas was wonderful. The kids were awesome. They were appreciative of everything and their joy and graciousness when opening their gifts made me proud and sad.... I'm not sure how many years of the "magic" we have left.  The house is now a total disaster area, but I am determined to take a day off (as much as I can, I do need to do laundry, change sheets, organize garbage.... oh, who am I kidding... we all know I'm going to take down the tree and clean everything up). In the meantime, I thought I'd post some pictures of the big day (and the 24th for good measure).

Christmas Eve was pretty relaxing. All the presents were wrapped. Most of the food for Christmas Dinner was ready to go and we spent the day doing some last minute baking and preparation for Christmas. I decided to try making a sweet bread for Breakfast. I haven't made bread in many years, but for some reason... the mood was upon me so I did.... I think I over-kneeded it a bit... it was denser than I was expecting, but it did taste great. Chey was hilarious. She started saying that she was tired and needed to go to bed at around 8am... and continued every half hour or so throughout the day. When the time came for our traditional Christmas Movie, she had a mini-tantrum because "I don't want to stay up late to watch a movie! I want to go to BED!"

Chey helping kneed bread
(I made a Finnish sweet bread for breakfast... it was good!)

Decorating cookies for Santa

Spreading the Reindeer Food 

The tree after Santa came! 

And finally Christmas morning arrived.... and as usual, I was up the earliest and had to wait patently for everyone else..... I noticed Eli's light was on, so I called him upstairs and told him to go wake up his sister (what? a Mom can't wake up her kids for Christmas morning??). Once everyone was up and the adults had coffee in hand.... .. the grand reveal began.... 

Chey's first peek at the tree... I LOVE this pic! 

Kisses for her shark..... 

The Retro Game he asked Santa for.... I think he likes it!

Eli's Replica Ocarina from The Legend of Zelda

There was a lot of hugging going on..... 

Chey and I received matching charms for our bracelets... She picked mine and Santa brought hers... 

Necklace from my Sister... 

Cute Feather Hair Barrettes from Aunty Tonya (She's wearing the earrings today, Aunty!)

Chey's presents to us...  made at school

The Bread.... mmmmmmmm
It FLIES!!! FINALLY! We had some troubles getting "Shark" in the air... Fortunately Dale found some helium in the garage. We had to over inflate the thing to practically bursting... perhaps Santa left it out there for us when he realized that he'd been duped and brought us a knock-off instead of the real "Air Swimmer Shark"????  Chey loves it, regardless.. She wanted to sleep with it last night, but I thought it was better where it was..... 

We went skating in the afternoon and had our friends over for Christmas Dinner (They've come for dinner every year since we moved here, excluding the year we went to the island and last year when they lived in Egypt). It was the perfect cap off to the perfect day.

And finally, here is the Christmas Knitting I did this year. I didn't think there was very much, but seems like I did more than I thought.... this doesn't include the stuff I knit for the house either..... 

Shawl for Cary

Mittens for my hairdresser

New Silly Frilly for Chey

Shrug for Chey

Socks for Eli

Slippers for NanaB

Merry Christmas Everyone and Happy New Year!

1 comment:

  1. Great post, great pictures... but I have to ask... wth do you have helium in your garage? lol