Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christmas 2013

We made a bold choice this year and declared we would stay home for Christmas.  There were definitely moments where I wondered if that had been the best choice.  I also think part of me was pretty sure that someone would come to us too...

It ended up being a great, quiet day for our little family.  (Full disclosure: we had the missionaries for dinner and they entertained us quite a bit).

The calm before the storm:

Amos and Maggie slept in until 7:45 a.m., and at that point we let them wake up Audrey.  Oh, the poor girl:

We started with stockings in the library.  We, of course, needed to check to make sure Santa ate all of his cookies:

 After stockings, Audrey finally joined us in the land of the living:

The kids were good about taking turns and helping each other open their presents.  I have to admit, it was nice and orderly.  Especially for us.

Of course, the best part was the wonder and awe:

With the addition of sibling love:

We were so, so blessed this Christmas.  With toys, sure, but also with a happy family and lots of neighbors and friends who made us feel loved and included. 

And, in case you noticed, Ward was absent for 99% of Christmas.  When he did finally show, he wasn't wearing his coordinated Christmas jammies.  So rude!

He's lucky he's a baby.  This is the last year that will fly.

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