Allan had Friday off work. Usually he works Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve so it was a treat to have that extra day with him. He has New Year’s Eve off this year, too!
On the 23rd we went to Bass Pro Shops to see Santa like we do every year. We got in line and an employee (dressed like an elf, of course) came up and told us only people with tickets could see Santa that evening. We were pretty darned bummed because Bass Pro Shops is a far drive from our house!!
We decided to go home and have hot chocolate with the girls after putting the little kids to bed. Payson can’t have hot chocolate because of allergies.
He was in a really good mood in the store. Too bad I can’t say the same for poor Ember in the car with Allan. She was really hungry and woke up right after I left. Allan ended up bouncing her the whole time I was in the store. Which was a looong time because WalMart on December 23rd was jam packed!
Christmas Eve day was a wonderful day. I didn’t take any pictures, though! I’m notoriously bad at taking pictures during holidays! We did crafts and baking that day. I cleaned a lot, too. And in the evening we went on a hike, which is where we took that picture in the post below.
After the kids were in bed we got everything ready for Christmas. We were up until 2am, which was brutal the next day! lol
I forgot to take a picture of the presents under the tree, the only thing I regret not having my camera out for 🙁
In fact, I didn’t pick up my camera until all the presents were opened. I don’t regret that, though, because I had such a great time sitting right in the middle of it all and just watching the happiness 🙂
This year Allan picked out all the gifts for the kids except for their gift from Santa and their stocking stuffers! We have been trying to save money and also start teaching the kids to value possessions more so this year we focused on getting the kids stuff they needed for fun family outings instead of getting them boatloads of toys. Snow wear and camping gear were the two big things we looked for.
The kids were totally thrilled 🙂
Brooklyn’s gift from Santa was webkinz. Her aunt Mary got her a webkinz (and Sierra, too) when she sent a baby gift for Ember when she was born. Brooklyn’s been obsessed with them and she was over the moon happy Christmas morning when she opened these. She was so excited to have friends for her cat.
Payson was happy to be a part of everything. Having allergies and being the youngest I can tell he feels left out sometimes. Just at mealtimes, having different foods, it really affects him being different, so I try REALLY hard to make everything even with the kids and to make him feel like he’s as much a part of everything as they are!
After opening presents and playing with everything for quite a while we had a late breakfast. And oh what a breakfast it was. Me and Allan worked together to make homemade hashbrowns, eggs, sausage and orange slices. Allan makes the best hashbrowns so I was in heaven!
While Allan put my new Christmas gift to work. He got me an upholstery cleaner because I’ve been wanting one for two years!! Having four kids is hard on couches but having a kid with reflux was even worse than normal wear. Payson spit up around ten times a day when he was a newborn and it did a number on my poor, poor couch. Add the fact that the boy manages to get into a bazillion messy things every month and loves to mess up the couch (no really, he loves to use it as a napkin!!) and you have a disgusting piece of furniture:
The two younger kids woke up from their naps and we decided to go on another hike since we didn’t get much time there the day before. We drove back to Picketpost mountain. Payson whined the whole way 😛
I let Allan sleep in Sunday so he let me sleep in today. Yep, he’s off again!! This is an amazing treat for me. He pretty much never takes time off work!
I’ve been blogging while they’re out there. Allan’s asked me about a hundred times to come out and be with them and help him. Usually I run right on out when he asks, the weather is glorious. But I just wasn’t in the mood this morning after an exhausting weekend. Lovely, fun, happy weekend, but a LOOOOOOT of work, too!!