Monday, December 27, 2010

"It's Like a Postcard Christmas"

It was seriously as close to perfection as I think anything on this earth can get. We were so blessed with an incredible Christmas this year. And who knew that "incredible" could translate into "zapping all of the energy from your body until you're down on your knees begging for your pillow at the end of the day." I cannot think of a time I have been more exhausted in my entire life. But it was worth it. It was so worth it.

We woke up on Christmas Eve to find our little Dickens village of a town blanketed in white. Big, puffy flakes would fall off and on all day as we gathered with our families. And in a place where there's never a guarantee of a snowy Christmas, it was definitely a treat to behold.

Evelyn rolled out of bed and took her diapered bottom straight to the front door to get a peek for herself. And after she marveled at the winter wonderland blowing around outside, she wandered about the house to look for our good friend, Moe. Just where would his last stop of the holiday season be? Why, to the manger, of course. 

Moe loves Jesus. And Jesus...loves Moe. Let's just go with it. And in case you were wondering, Grace was also present. :)

As the smell of sweet cinnamon rolls wafted throughout our cozy home, Eric and I stood together and looked out of the kitchen window. And then he said it. "It's like a postcard Christmas."

And that's when I knew. I could feel it in my bones. This was going to be one for the memory book. 

After sudsy bubble baths and and snowflake jumpers, after lots of kisses and candy-cane striped sleepers, we were ready to load up the presents, pack ourselves in the car, and head out for a day spent with family. And as usual, we were greeted at our first stop by the formal Robert family Christmas table. You know, the one I told you about here. :)

And stockings, hung by the chimney with care...

We were among the first guests to arrive, and it didn't take long for our darling oldest daughter to make herself right at home. Evelyn discovered her first gift of the day, and without hesitation, she hopped right upon it. 

Evelyn loves her special little seat! And mommy loves that Evie has a little rocking chair of her very own. I want to eat it up like Christmas candy. And it's going to go perfectly in her soon-to-be redecorated bedroom. :) Thank you, great Grandma Robert!

There were games to be played (Eric and I won two for two. Score!) and there were appetizers to be eaten. And before we knew it, the entire family had trickled in. The house was busting at the seams, and the natives were getting restless. Gifts were being ripped open prematurely. Babies were walking, army crawling - whatever they could do to get into those packages as soon as possible. So we finally threw up our hands and said, "Time for presents!"

Stockings are always first, and this year there were beautiful clay ornaments personalized for everyone tucked deep inside. Evelyn's was her favorite character, Elmo. And check out Grace's gorgeous "first Christmas" ornament!

She doesn't look so impressed here, but I promise, she loves it. :) And as the evening continued, there was lots of laughing and present opening. I know that Christmas is not all about gifts, but I still cannot get over the generosity of ALL of our family members this year. Even Eric and I received some awesome gifts - like an ice cream maker, an outdoor fireplace, and some GREAT gift cards for date nights. :) (And every parent knows that the gift of a date night is one of the best gifts of all, haha.)

I wish I could share with you every single detail and every single gift, because they were all so wonderful, but that would just be ridiculous. :) Our evening was split between Eric's grandparents' and my side of the family. So after presents with the Roberts, we raced down the street (how convenient!) to my mom and dad's where we pigged out on homemade pizza and exchanged gifts.

It was a great night. Lots of family. Lots of love. But mommy and daddy still had lots of work to do when we got home. So we called it a night and drove a few blocks to put our babies to bed.

The next morning was glorious. We are fortunate this year that both of our children are still kind of in their own little world when it comes to Christmas stuff, was probably 9:00am before we were all finally out of bed. I'm treasuring these days, because in a few years, I'm sure we'll be up at the crack of dawn. :)

I couldn't believe that the day had finally come that I would see every single day on our advent calendar covered up. It seemed like I had just made that darn thing!

We didn't get ANY pictures of the girls opening their gifts, because we were too busy video taping and opening gifts, haha. But we did get a few afterwards. 

Eric totally made my morning by making his famous biscuits and gravy. (He had already started before I was even awake. AND he had already showered and was ready for the day. What a guy!) And once we were ready for round two of Christmas, we packed up, and headed out the door once again. We spent a lovely day with Eric's mom's family in Arnold, MO. Oh, my goodness. Next year, remind me to tell you about my first Christmas with that side of the family, haha. 

We just had to stop in and see what uncle John got for Christmas! (And Santa leaves stocking stuffers for us at their house, too. Can you believe it??)

I cannot begin to express to you the amount of trouble these two are going to get into with this thing. I can see it already.... :D

And while the tradition used to be that we would see a movie at the theater on Christmas night, we now have little children which makes that totally impossible. So instead, my brother and sister-in-law came over for a game night. (Which was totally fun, by the way, guys. Even if the boys are sore losers...hehe. Right, April?) 

It was wonderful. It was amazing. And now my house is so full of STUFF that literally half of it went straight down to the basement to be rotated for another day, haha. Seriously, Evelyn is going to be getting a new toy a week until her birthday. My house looks like a bomb went off inside. I am dreading the clean up tomorrow. But for one fabulous weekend, it was totally worth it. 

I seriously feel sorry for next year. High expectations, 2011; you have some high expectations. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I must agree, 2010 will be very hard to top, but with God with us, anything is possible. Thanks for sharing.

Joan & Greg


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