Christmas Over? But I haven’t Finished Decorating!

I am feeling that bittersweet feeling of Christmas being over.

On one hand, “YA! It is over! No more stressing over whether the kids will like their gifts!”

On the other hand, “*sniff. sniff* Kai will be walking and talking and Anna will be in kindergarten before next Christmas.”

Anna climbed into bed with us at 7am Christmas morning and FELL BACK TO SLEEP! The others woke up when Kai woke up at 8:45 and they finally came in to wake us up. I know. I don’t know where they came from either.

Luca has been asking for a sewing machine for two months. She has never moved anything else to the top of her list for even a second. I was most worried that she wouldn’t be happy with her gift. Santa explained in his letter that Mrs. Clause put a lot of thought into her gift and put together something that she hoped she would like even better.

lu sewing kit

She did! She loved her sewing basket full of fabric, yarn, needles, pins, measuring tape, rick rack, buttons, yarn, crochet needles, and a darling little sewing book to help her learn some basic hand sewing skills.

This morning I loved waking up to this:

lu sew

Lincoln and Anna have now informed me that next year they are asking Santa for their very own sewing baskets.

Lincoln lucked out with his double order of 100 Kapla blocks. There was only supposed to be one set, but due to a rush to get the order in, the extra set on our Amazon order was somehow overlooked. Good thing. He used every one of those 200 blocks to make…not an airplane…not a pirate ship…not even a train. My boy makes…”town hall”.

linc kaplas

Anna was happy as can be and said she got everything she asked Santa to bring. When a good little four year old girl only asks for two things (three if you count the candy cane) and they are both in the range of $20, I say indulge!

anna bears

I am no Martha Stewart. I hemmed her beautiful Snow White dress (that I ordered too big) with double sided scotch tape so she could wear it on Christmas Day.

anna princess

The only picture I got of Kai was of him drinking his breakfast of Pedialyte. Poor kid was having a hard time shaking the stomach bug he had for a few days. After he drank this he went to bed and took a FIVE HOUR NAP! His longest nap ever. I will thank him when he is older. Brett and I were able to squeeze in a nap as well thanks to Rip Van Winkle.

kaister

His favorite present was a Magna Doodle. Except, it wasn’t really a Magna Doodle. It was the cheap-o no-name brand doodle board and I can see that I am going to have to go back and get the nicer one anyway because it is going to fall apart soon. I should have spent the extra $10 in the first place. Lesson learned.

In short: (okay, too late to make it short)

It was a fun, relaxed, and beautiful Christmas.

It was my first white Christmas EVER.

The snow softly falling outside was peaceful.

It was a smaller Christmas (when it comes to presents) which was our goal.

We were snowed in again so we had a lot of family time.

The cookies from neighbors were…breakfast. (oops, did I just admit that!?)

The nap was blissful.

Beating the kids at Wii Sports was oddly exhilarating.

The kids trying to teach me how to play Mario Galaxy made me feel old.

The Personal Library Kit from my husband was thoughtful.

The morning phone call from my brother and his family made me smile all morning.

It was another fabulous Christmas!

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