Christmas finally arrived, and it was wonderful. Sometimes the stress of all the family and the chaos makes it not as much fun but this year it was truly great. When Natalie started having seizures two years ago, it was right before Christmas so unfortunately we spent that Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Children's Hospital; it doesn't get much worse than that! Now every year that we get to spend a big holiday at home with our kids, we feel so lucky and grateful.
On Christmas Eve I stayed home and cooked and cleaned and finished up some last minute wrapping. Tim worked part of the day and then came home to help me. I was able to take a luxurious bubble bath that was heavenly (definitely want to do that more often!) We then went to church for the Christmas Eve service which was very nice. Every year we spend the evening of Christmas Eve at my brother and sister-in-law's house, but this year he is in Iraq with the Army National Guard. We decided to still have the party at his house though so we headed over there and my sister-in-law was able to get him on skype for the first hour everyone was there. We all got to see him and talk to him; it really made our night and his too! We then ate a ton; all the food was so delicious! And the kids and adults exchanged gifts. We took two very exhausted kids home, laid out cookies for Santa, and had a great Christmas night sleep!
Ryan woke Christmas morning and tore down the stairs and started hollering about all the stuff Santa had brought for him and his sister. He was so excited; those are the little moments I love so much! We held Ryan off on the gifts for a little bit until my mom and stepdad could come over; they always love to watch the kids open their gifts. I made a cinnamon roll breakfast for everyone and then my other brother and his family came over with their kids. All the gifts got opened and all the toys were played with.
We then went to Tim's parents' house and had more gifts to open and a nice big holiday lunch. Then we went to my mom's for a holiday Lobster dinner. It was so yummy. I don't think I've ever ate so much good food in my life. We then went home, watched a Christmas movie and called it a day.
The baby got a few items for Christmas. Santa brought her/him some newborn diapers and a really sweet baby book. I'm anxious to start writing in it and collecting all the sonogram pics to put in the book. Baby also got some new blankets and then I couldn't resist hitting up a few after Christmas sales and picked up a few "1st Christmas" outfits and toys for next year. I can't believe next Christmas we'll have another child in the family!