Christmas 2014 has come and gone. It was a very relaxed holiday with a new babe around. We spent Christmas Eve eating our traditional clam chowder, looking at Christmas lights, reading the Christmas story in the scriptures and a couple other Christmas stories. It was a bit of a chore getting the over-hyper and excited Dennis and Q to bed...they were beside themselves. The rest of us couldn't believe it was actually Christmas Eve already.
One of the highlights included the little boys knocking the tree over whilst rummaging for gifts...their faces were priceless! It halted the gift opening for a few minutes while we righted the tree, picked up fallen ornaments and rescued the last of the gifts. It was pretty epic! And the tree never quite looked the same after.
I love what the kids get for each other every year and this year was no different. Q and Miss B had one another. Miss B made Q a bank for saving, spending and tithing. Q bought Miss B a pocket mirror for her makeup bag and made her a bicycle out of pipe cleaners (truly an uncanny representation). Dennis wrote and illustrated an original book for Mr. C and got him some Warhead candy canes. Mr. C made Dennis a Pokemon Organizer and added new Pokemon cards. He bought a binder and some baseball card sleeves to organize all of the cards.
Q wanted photos with most of his gifts including his Rock Crawler remote control, bow and arrow and awesome tree house Lego set that has kept him occupied for hours.
Mr. C's favorite gifts were books (sequels that he has been waiting for)...he was ecstatic and has read them already... as well as books that Dennis got. :)
Miss B was in heaven with her new tablet. We didn't see her for hours after. My personal favorite gift was the sweet new baby boy. He is the best gift...so sweet and snuggly. Goodness, I could snuggle him all day and pretty much do. The house may be messy for some time. And I don't really care. :)
The baby got a giant Curious George sock monkey to snuggle with. I'm sure he was overjoyed with it.
I finally got everyone (all seven of us) a stocking this year. We've only had a total of four for years and years. And even though we use wooden shoes instead of stockings, I love the stockings for decoration. So I got three more this year and we are complete. For Dad and the babe, I bought some awesome, plain linen stockings from Etsy and embellished them to match. On Dad's stocking, we added some burlap ribbon and a couple of flies he tied himself. He is so proud. I added two big wooden buttons to the babe's along with some plaid ribbon. I used a red paisley one for me that I made many years ago.
Dennis has become an expert helicopter pilot and manages all sorts of fancy tricks.
It was a lovely day. I had a nap and Dad made a special Christmas dinner. Perfection.