This was not our first Christmas apart (thank you deployment) and even though Jason could not physically be there with us, I was determined to keep it as normal for the kids as possible. This was no easy task, I was not in the Christmas spirit very much this year...I tried...really I did...it was just not the same. I am thankful for in-laws (I mean Santa's helpers) who put gifts together for me and delivered the finished products. (and when you see the doll house below, you will understand that it was not an easy task) I stayed up well past 1am wrapping gifts, setting things up, and just getting ready for the next morning...you know the next morning that way came way too early ;) (gotta love Christmas morning excitement) So enough of my "talking" below are pictures of Christmas morning.
*Just want to say here that normally we only do 3 gifts at Christmas...why??? Because Jesus was brought 3 gifts and I believe that if 3 gifts were enough for Jesus, then 3 is perfect for us. That is just my thoughts and why we do it...that is all. =) This year though I went a little overboard and did more than 3 ( 5 to be exact) for no other reason than I wanted to. This year has been very difficult for the kids and I just wanted to give them a little extra. Now I know that "things" can not fill a void...I know that...but I just wanted to give them a little extra. ;)
On Christmas day, both our families come over to watch the kids open gifts and to eat breakfast. This year I asked everyone to wait till 10 to come over and do brunch instead. I knew that we needed to be just us 4 for a little while and it worked out great.
So after opening all the gifts, it was almost time for family to arrive and to eat brunch.
After brunch, it was time to open gifts from Meme (my mom)
By this time it was early afternoon and the snow was coming down really good and sticking.
By evening we had close to a couple inches of snow on the ground. It was so beautiful and still falling. This is our first ever white Christmas. I hated that Jason missed it though.
I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas!
I have a book review and give-a-way coming up tomorrow...I am excited about this book so be sure to check back. =)