It is that time again… we are hustling around getting everything ready for the big man in red’s arrival. It is always a busy day but today I took the morning to sit in my PJ’s. Watch the kids play and watch a little tv while doing well… nothing. It was much needed in preparation for the rest of the day. As I type this there are three overly excited children getting their showers taken care of. All year they look forward to this day. The excitement builds for them daily. They can’t wait to go to sleep yet they are so excited they can’t go to sleep. As a child it is the end all, be all of amazing days. I remember it so well. I remember lying in bed hoping that the night would go super fast so I could see my loot. I remember my parents stumbling down the stairs after we drug them out of bed at an insanely early hour. I remember their faces as they watched us inspect each gift. I mean let’s face it Christmas morning ranks right up there with every child’s most anticipated day. And while all year Scott and I work at instilling in our children how blessed they are so that they appreciate everything they have. A nice house, food on the table, good educations, two parents that love them, siblings and most any toy they want to me this day is about them. It’s about the magic of not knowing what will be left under the tree for them. It’s about going to the end of town or to every store on the Internet to find their most obscure requests. As a parent it is almost as fun to watch them at that same insane hour on Christmas morning as they burst with joy over what Santa has brought them. I feel lucky to have three that still believe in the magic, still act giddy with anticipation over what is going to be left for them. Three kids ages 10, 8 and 5 that will try and go to sleep as fast as possible and will run down the stairs wide awake at 7 am to see what awaits them. Then once the toys have been gone through and carefully inspected we will gather everyone up and load the van up to go and visit our families. We are lucky that everyone lives very close so we split our afternoon and evening with both sides of the family. That is our Christmas in a nutshell. Whatever your traditions are I hope that your day is full of magic and love. Being thankful for all that you have and all you are blessed with. Merry Christmas to you all!
Below are some photos I took for our card this year. Every year we all dress up and do a big family session. This year I did them myself. Next year… I will hire someone. I am thrilled with how the individual ones turned out though. They are already gracing my walls as a large display in our house.
This one of the three of them is a new favorite. I love Garrett’s big open mouth laugh and the girls
giggling. Love love it!
And the newest member of my family Grady… our Devon Rex kitten.
We just adore this little guy.