It's true. *sniffle* We were best buds for over nine years! We've been through a lot together. Been with me since hubby and I first started dating! He's always been there for me, ya know? I feel so lost without him and my precious photoshop program.
I do my best with these silly little PC photo editing programs but, meh.... I need my photoshop back!! So I apologize for the sorry state of some of my photos.
Anyhow, did you have a splendiferous Christmas!? What'd ya do? Where'd ya go? What did ya get? Come come, spill it!
We had a rather great weekend ourselves. There is something so thrilling and exciting for children at Christmas time that seems to spill over and make everything sparkle with cheer!
Oh... maybe that's just the spilled water reflecting from the kitchen floor....
But they do have a rather fresh and unique perspective on things. Much like Claira and her favorite spot under the tree. Who wouldn't love it if your point of view looks like this?
Friday night we got a special visit from Santa, thanks to a swell neighbor who just so happens to be tight with him.
It's all about who you know, ya know?
I know it looks like Alayna is about to stab Santa with her candy cane, but I promise she's not. She told me later that, "Santa is berwy nice!"
After Santa took down what everyone wanted for Christmas, he took off in his modern, motorized sleigh (the reindeer need their rest after all) and went off to visit other children.
But the kids were even more excited for Christmas after that! If such a thing is possible.
Christmas Eve morning, we rounded up the children and explained that this year, we were all going to draw names for each other and go pick out a little present for them.
You would think we just told them they get to live at Disney World or something. They thought that was the greatest idea since the invention of sugar.
Which invention I happen to think is man's greatest achievement.
So we made our way to the over-crowded isles of Walmart where Hubby and I split up with the kids based on who had who's name, and the kids had a ball picking out little gifts for each other.
Alayna picked daddy's name and I had a really hard time convincing her he didn't need a baby doll or pink lip gloss.
By the time we got back, I was about ready to pass out (the anti-biotics for my infection were just starting to kick in so I was swinging back and forth between feeling better and crashing again) so I fell asleep during the movie that the family was watching... King Fu Panda 2 I believe it was.
I awoke to the sound of Hubby calling for dinner time. I trudged up the stairs to the smells of... pizza!!
Yes, we did indeed feast upon (cooked) frozen pizza for Christmas Eve dinner.
And no one minded a bit.
After dinner and baths, the kids got to wrap the presents they got for each other.
Once they were done, we all sang Christmas songs. Alayna wouldn't be satisfied until we sang, "Once there was a Snowman" about 26532 times.
Ah, sponge rollers. They make me smile.
Then daddy read the nativity story from the scriptures.
After which the kids wanted to sing more songs.
After "Silent Night", things slowly deteriorated into songs like, "Randolph the Bow-Legged Cowboy" and "The Grinch". Which of course led to Hubby pulling out his iPhone, which I have lovingly dubbed his "pocket mistress" since he spends so much time on it, and soon they were all watching and listening to any weird Christmas song they could find.
Once I finally threatened to flush his pocket mistress down the toilet if he didn't put it away, we had family prayer and put the kids to bed.
Or so we thought...
TO BE CONTINUED