Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012

*Christmas Eve dinner at Carol's (chicken cordon bleu, au gratin potatoes, cheesy beans, green salad, jello salad, rolls, brownies and peppermint ice cream)
*Live nativity with all of the grand kids (Olivia was a shepherd)
*Saying nice things about people and then about what Christ means to us
*Reading The Night Before Christmas to Olivia and snuggling her down in her crib
*Putting together her toys and finishing wrapping

*Packing the car for Christmas morning
*Being in bed by 11:30!
*Waking up at 7:30, eating a quiet breakfast by myself, then waking Olivia up to go to Grandma's
*Driving down the empty, snowy streets.  Wishing Merry Christmas to the cows and horses
*Opening gifts with Carol, Pam, Brian, Zac, Jacee, and Amanda

*Delicious breakfast casserole and orange juice
*Going home and watching Liv open her gifts.  She would move from one to the next and couldn't figure out what to play with!

*Taking a long, hot shower
*Putting Olivia down for a nap, setting up Jack's stocking, and opening gifts, just the two of us, by the tree
*Crying when I opened a certificate from Jack for guitar lessons!

*Setting up lunch for my family
*Having my whole family under one roof for the first time in three years

*Chicken salad croissants, pasta salad, jello salad, chips, and strawberry lime punch
*Gifts and conversation for four hours
*Helping everyone load their cars and then settling in to watch Pitch Perfect
*Soaking in the tub, being exhausted to the bone, but so happy
*Laying in bed talking about the day and being so grateful for my wonderful, helpful, thoughtful husband

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