Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Christmas became truly magical this year through the kids' eyes. They couldn't believe it when Santa had snagged his suit in the fireplace, lost his button in the presents, and had forgotten his spectacles. Even his reindeer's sleighbells fell onto the deck. He must have had a rough visit!
Some of my favorite memories this Christmas are:
-Pulling over to watch fireworks and see Christmas lights at Longview Lake
-Neighborhood horse-drawn sleigh ride and caroling
-Painting nativity scenes for advent and leaving a few pieces each Sunday on friends' doorsteps (Lorelei loved ringing the door and sneaking away; Gryffy just look impish, to join in the fun)
-A near record year of snow, and pulling the kids in the sled in our front yard
-Family parties and visiting family in Canada
-Preschool girls' tea party with Santa at our house
-Snuggling by the fire with hot chocolate and tea
-Unwrapping a Christmas book each evening before bed
-Christmas Eve Eve service at Heartland Church & teaching the kids about the true meaning of Christmas
-Preschool pageant and dance recital
-Christmas morning strata (Mark forgot to make crepes, but we were busy packing)
-Watching the kids' glorious excitement as they anticipated Santa's visit and opened presents

Lorelei opens her Hello Kitty camera.
Gryffin and his glo-worm, his favorite present.
Lorelei and her baby doll; her favorite present.
No, I WON'T put it down.
Oh, the excitement of Christmas morning!
Opening presents.
Kids and Mommy.
Christmas morning in the snow.
The snow patrol.
Poor Gryffy--he had to borrow Lorelei's glasses... her pink glasses.
Just chillin'.
Snow in love.

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