Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas 2016

We had one of our best Christmases to date! We were fortunate to be able to stay home this holiday season instead of driving back to Nebraska. We definitely missed family, but it was so relaxing to just stay home, lounge in our pajamas all day and do our own thing.

Our church had a Christmas service earlier in the week which left Christmas Eve wide open for us. We snacked on cheese and crackers for lunch and had some friends over in the evening for fettuccine and soup. All the kids played into the night and when everyone went home, the babes and I cuddled on the sofa reading Christmas books together before bed. Kensi was so sweet and chose to sing 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas'  before saying goodnight. I got it on video and it’s something we’ll cherish forever!

Kensi told us she was going to wake up super early and wanted to be the first one up just so she could run and wake us up. She wasn’t kidding. Mike set his alarm early to sneak downstairs and place her baby doll crib from Santa under the tree after drying in the garage all night from being painted. Minutes after he came back up she was running down the hall. Whew!

The best part of Christmas morning was watching Kensi’s and Finn’s excitement. They crawled down the stairs and when their eyes met the gifts under the tree their faces just lit up! Finn was so excited about his lion rocker and Kensi immediately ran to her doll crib. They adored their gifts so much! We let them open their stockings first. Finn received dinosaurs, Little People cars for his track and a play tape measure; which was the biggest hit. Kensi got nail polish, slippers and Little People Princesses. They would have been perfectly happy with just their stockings.

We went ahead and made breakfast before opening the rest of the gifts which worked out great. They had time to play with some new toys and we could all enjoy eating breakfast together. Kensi was constantly asking how much longer breakfast would take because he little heart was so excited to see what we gave her.

When we were ready, we sorted everyone’s gifts and had Kensi and Finn take turns opening each one. Kensi’s latest craze is Disney’s Little Kingdom princess sets. They have interchangeable outfits and accessories a.k.a a bazillion little pieces. They really are cute and remind me of the original Polly Pocket. Finn opened a basketball hoop and we couldn’t get it put together quick enough for him. We’ve all been playing since Sunday in the living room, it’s been so much fun!

The kids spent the rest of the afternoon snacking and playing while Mike and I prepared dinner. Mike and I started making bets for when we thought Finn would crash out. We didn’t enforce naps and he played hard. He finally crashed around four o’clock on the playroom floor. Luckily he woke up in time for dinner, which by the way, that beef tenderloin recipe I shared for our Christmas menu was ABSOLUTELY DIVNE and will be made again, and again, and again.

To wrap our night up we shared bowls of Cinnamon Caramel Bread Pudding, sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and had a campout in the living room watching movies. The entire day was filled with magic that I wish I could have captured in a bottle. Luckily, I caught a lot of it on video! We hope you all had the Merriest of Christmases!

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