At 5am there were three very excited people in my bedroom. They were promptly sent back to bed "until 6." As you might imagine, they were back at 6 on the dot! My hubby and I dashed down ahead of them to make sure Santa had visited, turn on lamps, light the tree and to get camera ready. (This was all done in under 30 seconds as these faces giggled.)
And then they were off...
While the anticipation and glee is apparent, what you can't get from these photos is the soundtrack of giggles as our 21 year old cousin Scott who is home for break shouted "IT'S CHRIIIIISTMAAAAAAAS!" at the top of his lungs.
We had a great morning--brunch, church, riding new bikes around the neighborhood, but my favorite two memories of the day are of gifts from the kids.
R decided several weeks ago that he wanted to get his Daddy "a real wooden grown up bat so he doesn't have to use one of my kid ones when he plays baseball with me." It was so very special to see his pride in giving it and my husband's tenderness in receiving it.
Perhaps my most hilarious memory was opening a gift that the kids came up with all on their own...
a box of dried up pine needles they swept from under the tree a couple of weeks ago--and wrapped up all on their own. "We know how much you like the smell." They were so proud and I have laughed about it all day. Talk about a gift only a Mama could love!
Merry Christmas everyone!