Thursday, January 1, 2015

Our Eve.

Yes.  Today is New Years.  And the recent Eve we celebrated was just last night.

Guess what I did on that big holiday?

I slept.

I feel asleep on the couch while the kids watched Scooby Doo movies and played the game of life.

I was so asleep that I slept right through the new year and my cute husband woke me up at 1:00am.

I’m an awesome wife and mom I tell you.

To my credit, I did have an epidural in my neck earlier in the day.

…and I think the Christmas hoop-la must have wore me right out.

I did however stay awake for Christmas Eve which is always a favorite of mine.

It was a wonderful night.

The kids went skiing in the morning.

Then we took a few moments to decorate cookies for Santa.

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The kids spent some time wrapping their presents for each other, and then we got the house all ready for a Christmas Eve party.

Jonathan has 2 sisters that live in Logan.  It is always nice to share an evening with family and cousins.

We shared a nice meal of ham, cheesy potatoes, and all the yummy sides.

We also had a fun little photo booth to commemorate the night.

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This is Jonathan’s oldest sister JoDean and her family.

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…and this is Jonathan’s youngest sister Lorinda and her family.

Jonathan has four sisters, and no brothers.  It is nice to have a couple close by.

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…and this is our family; if you didn’t know.

Once our guests left for the night we enjoyed a few of our family traditions.

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The kids opened gifts from one another. The boys desperately wanted a pair of these Nike Elite socks.

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They opened their non-traditional pajamas.  We decided to buy the kids nice warm comfy outfits that they could wear on those lazy days instead of just Christmas jammies.

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Another Christmas Eve tradition is to give the kids an ornament.  We do this so that when they move away, they can have an ornament collection for their own tree.

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We try to buy something that represents something that has taken place during the year.

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This year I picked a glittery star to remind the children of our family theme.

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I started our theme this year at the beginning of the school year.  I plan to have it go until next school year where I will introduce a new theme.

Our theme this year was:

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You can read more about that here.

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We ended the evening reading a few Christmas stories. 

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This has been an ongoing monthly tradition.  We have read Christmas stories almost every night.

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It was then time to set out the cookies and leave some carrots outside for the reindeer.

We even have a special magical key that Isaac left at the front door so Santa could get in; just in case it wouldn’t work to come down the chimney.

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My favorite part of the evening is seeing the beautifully wrapped gifts all set out for the night.  It’s one of the most magical parts.

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Annette said...

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas Eve.

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