This is my precious family: Kelsi, Elmer, Brittany, with me in the front.
Because I love them so much, I chose to not get onto the computer yesterday and write on my blog. :)
My hubby and I just celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary this month, and I love him dearly.
On Christmas morning, we were all showered and dressed by 8 a.m. for when my parents would arrive. Normally, we'd be enjoying Christmas a little bit later in the morning, together, but because Christmas was on Sunday, we were excited to spend some of our morning at church, with our church family!
We opened our stockings, enjoyed my mom's delicious homemade cinnamon rolls (yum!), mandarin oranges, and the oven omelet that I usually make, and then opened our presents.
That's the part where we usually take our time.
A lot of time.
Even though Brittany (age 11) would LOVE for us to tear into all of the presents and have everything opened in 5.3 seconds, we take our time.
She can hardly stand it.
My husband passes around one gift to every person, and then we all watch each person open the gifts one by one.
I know - if you're like Brittany, you already feel like jumping off of a cliff.
But the rest of us like it this way.
We love seeing the looks on each person's face when they open their gifts. We love hearing the "oooh's" and "aaah's" of the moment.
We weren't sure we'd finish opening up gifts before we left for church...but with Brittany urging us on, we did. :)
After a delightful worship service at church, we came home. My parents came back over to our home and we enjoyed visiting, munching on appetizers and leftovers from our Christmas Eve dinner, and taking closer looks at our gifts. It was a peaceful time together.
My parents went back home around 4:00, and I took a nap. Yes!
Or, attempted to. Hubby was putting together his Foosball table he bought for the family (well, for himself!) on Black Friday. While put together, it looks far better than the $39 he paid for it, the directions and parts were definitely of the $40 price range - quite frustrating.
But I did get a little bit of rest on the cozy couch. Ah, yes.
And later, we played Bananagrams, which I was given for Christmas (more about that on a later date).
It was a delightful Christmas. I hope you don't mind me wishing you Merry Christmas after the fact. At our house, it still feels like Christmas today, since it's a day off and we can do almost whatever we want to do, although I would love to start reorganizing our master bedroom. We'll see.
A friend sent this video to me, of the "Dancing House" Christmas tree lights, and it was so much fun to watch! I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I have!
If the movie doesn't show up (for those of you who received this as an email update), you can click here to view it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5JWihl0A5c
12/26/2011 02:11:02 pm
So nice :) Love your family ♥
12/26/2011 02:11:52 pm
:D We do the same with presents at our house... one at a time. Noelle can't stand it! The rest of us prefer it that way, and of course Noelle is always jumping in and throwing presents at everyone and telling them to open them faster! It's really funny to watch. :)
12/26/2011 02:19:02 pm
Ha - that's funny, Ana! I can just imagine that!
12/26/2011 06:01:14 pm
It sounds like you had a wonderful day with your family. Merry Christmas to all of you!
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