Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Traditional Christmas Post. . .

 So, I'm kinda torn with blogging lately.  On the one hand, it's our family journal, and there are so many things I want to remember.  (Plus, it's a good way for far away family to see what we're up to.)  On the other hand, there is still SO much to do at the new house right now, it's hard to take time to do anything else or focus on anything else.  (And we're only 9 days away from moving in!)  But, here we go - I'll try to keep it short and sweet. . . . for me.  hehe. 

Anna's "Holiday Sing", and Benjamin's preschool "Christmas program".  Auntie KC was able to make it to both of them.  So special.  (And Grampa Dewey was able to attend Anna's. . . and babysat Caleb during Ben's program since it was during his nap time.) 

It's become tradition to do a Christmas Eve Eve (23rd) get together with my side of the family.  As usual, delicious food and nice, relaxing "hanging out" time.  Anna and Ben-Ben loved their present from Gramma and Grampa, and they also loved playing with their cousins.  (Almost all of their cousins on this side are much older than them, but they're such sweeties and play with - or humor - Anna and Benjamin. :)

Christmas Eve we were at Chuck and Melissa's.  We feasted.  Oh my, it was soooooo good.  (Caleb's such an adorable feast-er, I had to include some pics.)

The Christmas puzzle!  Not quite the same this year with fewer numbers to work on it (Ash and Meg + families didn't come home for Christmas this year - we missed them!).  Luckily, it's become tradition for my sister and her crew to stop by on Christmas Eve, and they all LOVE working on the puzzle.  And since Chuck had knee replacement surgery on the 15th of this month, hopefully he'll have plenty of time to work on it too.   

There was more present opening, and playing with said presents.  Fun!
(Yes, Caleb got a walking toy from his Auntie, because he is STILL not walking.  hehe.  He'll get there.  He may be one of a few 13 month olds that recieved a walker as a gift. :)

Christmas morning.  Santa came!

Present opening continues.  Magical. 
(You know.  It seems that no matter how "simple" we keep it, there is just too much stuff.  Maybe one of these years we'll hit the right balance. :)

We all got cleaned up and ready for church.  (Caleb did too . . . in an adorable grey and red striped cardigan, but was sleeping during this pic.)  I sang "Oh Holy Night" in church, and it had been awhile since I'd sang a solo. 

That evening, after nap time (for Caleb and me), it was back to GramMelissa and Grampa Chuck's house for Christmas breakfast for dinner.  Delish.

***All of these Christmas celebrations were intermixed with going over to work on the house.  On Monday, Ethan didn't have to work and we spent the whole day sanding our floors.  The WHOLE day.  I was so sore after that, and am starting to get burnt out on house stuff.  Never again will I buy a house that is not "move in ready."  I know it will all be worth it in the end, but man, this is all turning out to be way more than I had initially thought.  And then we'll start the fun process of unpacking about a million boxes.  Ahhhhggghghhhghgh.  This is all so overwhelming.  I may just never move again once we're settled in here.  :)***  

So, I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!  And hope you have fun, safe New Year's celebrations! 

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