We took the kids to CiCi’s after the temple, because that’s what Mormon kids do, except they were closing early for Christmas Eve!
We were prepared to leave, but were able to eat quickly – then they boxed up ALL the leftovers in the whole place and sent them home with us!
One of the ladies remembered them from our monthly temple trips, and gave them all coupons for free buffets for every month next year!
When we got home, we surprised them by driving through the lights:
So I surprised them again for some end of the day playtime at the park, before the weather changes and before it gets too cold tonight,
They are so funny, and play so hard, even all bundled up.
They are happy, though, and that’s the best part.
Tonight we will have family Christmas, opening new pajamas and new pillows and new house shoes, which is one of our traditions. We already did our advent service since Nathan would be gone tonight and his parents are at Alicia’s, but we will still light candles to honor their birth parents. We will tuck them into bed, booby trap the hallway (another tradition), and then play Santa with many thanks to Hydes and Vivians. The kids are so excited Christmas is finally here! I don’t know how they will ever go to sleep tonight, so I was glad to burn some extra energy to wear them out a little.