Sunday, December 27, 2009

Winding Down

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We did. On Christmas Eve we went to the family service at church. Tons of little kids attend, so it's not a big deal if ours talked a little (although it makes James break out in hives). And Abby definitely did.

The kids were in bed by 8:30 that night. I remember when I was younger being up all night in anticipation of the big event.... not our kids. By 9:00 we checked on them, and they were all out.

Feeding the reindeer some fruity cheerios (as Austin promised in his letter to Santa)...

Anytime this princess nightgown is clean, Emily wears it. It doesn't matter how cold it is in our house (we very rarely turn the heat on). I will say it conveniently doesn't get washed every time we do laundry. It's pretty worn and sort of resembles a bad Halloween costume. Thankfully Santa got her some new princess nightgowns!

Katie giving Emily a pedicure. She loved it.

I didn't go picture crazy - we just sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed watching the kids experience Christmas. They actually stayed in their PJs all day. We made sure to continue to tell the kids that the day wasn't all about Santa and presents. To some degree that's starting to sink in. Especially with Austin.

My parents came over a little later and we enjoyed spending Christmas with them.

Oh I meant to post this picture last week - Austin made this apron and gingerbread house at his school Christmas party. Too cute.

We look forward to this week. James is planning to take the whole week off (unless some big client stuff comes up) - yeah! Austin will be turning 7 and we are getting him new bedroom furniture. So we will be painting his room, putting up the Christmas decorations, trying to clean and get organized for the new year. We also need to take apart one of the cribs so it can fit through the door... should be interesting considering several years ago it took a whole day putting it together. I'm sure this was just the kind of fun James was hoping for on his week off.

And to all a good night.