Wow. I feel like the last 2 weeks hit me like a truck! We've been going nonstop, and I don't want another Christmas to slip by undocumented, so here, in blurry cell phone pictures (spoiler alert, the pictures get better at the end!) is our Christmas.
Things started to get Christmas-y at Emily's preschool show on the 18th.
|In the middle, playing the angel just like her mama used to. Blonde girls are always cast as the angel.|
|Glad she's short so she gets to stand in the front!|
|My girls <3|
Next was a visit to Santa!
|Birthday party #1 - Sam's 5th birthday at Pump it Up|
|Birthday party #2 - Nora's 2nd birthday at FISC|
|Party #3 for the day - The Dray family Christmas party at my mom and dad's house|
The Christmas festivities resumed on Wednesday with Emily's preschool Christmas party. The moms didn't even know we were putting on this party until a couple days before, so we didn't have time to have meetings and offer ideas. As a result, almost every activity involved candy :-(
|Pin the nose on Rudolph|
|Decorating gingerbread houses...there was NOTHING I could do to healthify this :-(|
|Making reindeer candy canes (and getting sneezed on by classmates)|
I think that picture is about the exact moment when Emily contracted the nasty cold that started on Christmas Eve and STILL continues to make her miserable (and has sent its friends to live in my lungs as well). The boy next to her (not the one in the picture, the one sitting to the other side of her) kept sneezing and sneezing and since his mom wasn't there it somehow became MY job to keep fetching him tissues. As if I don't have to wipe enough noses between my own two kids, blech.
After the party, we went to my sister Krista's house to pick up Charlotte. The kitties are getting big, but they still nurse on her throw blanket. It's the weirdest thing I've ever seen! All cats knead, but hers actually suck on parts of the blanket while they purr and knead. Goofballs.
|Emily imitating the cats|
|They really are awesome, patient little kitties|
|Making sprinkle cookies for Santa|
|Snack-dinner was served (and consumed with gusto) in the family room|
|There was much goofiness|
|Remy hoped we'd look away so he could grab a bite|
|The elves sneaked into the girls rooms and brought new pajamas!|
|Cookies and milk (plus, at Charlotte's request, beer and soft pretzels) were left out for Santa, with a carrot and some half-eaten apples for the reindeer.|
|Stockings were hung|
|There was more goofiness|
Christmas Eve is one of the most exhausting days of the year for us as we make all the preparations and food for that evening and the next day, especially because we know we still have all of Christmas to get through tomorrow! Neither Will nor I slept well on Christmas Eve night...we were awoken by Emily freaking out that she couldn't breathe through her cold-clogged nose at 1:30, a cup falling off the counter in the kitchen at 5:30, and my phone (which I had forgotten to silence) announcing that I had mail at 6. But then it was Christmas!
|Excited little girls were good sports about waiting for pictures to be taken|
|"A book" for Charlotte|
|"2 blue unicorns, a mommy and a baby that look just like the unicorns I already have" for Emily|
After the first wave of presents, my family arrived with a fresh supply...
...then Will's family with even more.
|Will ended up juicing ALL of these oranges, plus some grapefruits!|
|The first picture I took, yay!|
After 3 rounds of Christmas at our house, we went to Will's Aunt Dee Dee's house for the evening, praying that the girls would be able to hold out through dinner and presents before melting down for the day.
|Charlotte with Papa and Pingu in front of the GIANT chocolate Christmas tree!|
|Emily, still excited about Christmas|
|Even my Father-in-Law was excited to try out my camera|
|After holding out on her all day, Emily finally decided to give Aunt Dee Dee her hug, and ended up knocking her to the ground. And yes, I took this picture before offering to help her up. Priorities.|
|I turn my back for a minute to pack up some presents, and my children have been helpfully supplied with ice cream and fudge sauce|
Now I have to go try to get some rest so I can kick this junk out of my lungs before attempting to stay up until midnight tomorrow. Will doesn't think I can make it, so I have to prove him wrong.