Nathan had to play violin at First Church in Bartlesville last night, and I was working the ER, so the children went to his parents for their Christmas celebration. I sent gingerbread house kits so they could play, and they had a blast! I think they got them half eaten today.
But because I worked last night, I got today off. I already have tomorrow off because of working the weekend. That makes tonight our Christmas Eve, and we will celebrate Christmas on Tuesday. It works for us.
We got the last of the boxes unpacked and out of the house, and the kids broke down the empty boxes and took them to the recycling center. That was my present! I love it! So we are all moved in, except for hanging pictures, and now the garage is empty of the empty boxes so I can finish moving their clothes for next year and food storage. I am so grateful for all their hard work and so much help! I can’t believe we got moved in just one week!
We celebrated with our Christmas dinner: turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and a tablecloth – which, as Alex says, shoes we mean business.
It was lovely just to be home, and I am so excited to just rest tomorrow (even from cooking, since we have turkey leftovers).
I gave them their traditional Christmas Eve present of new pajamas, and they were so excited. I love that they still love this! They are growing up so fast!
We did a Family Home Evening about the Christmas story, and drank egg nog, and ate little chocolate snow men, and sang Christmas carols.
Nathan has worked for months on their Christmas Eve presents – which he has traditionally made for them every year.
This year, he read (only the first) Harry Potter book to them at bedtime, and the older three got to see the first movie.
So this year, for their homemade gifts, Nathan made them magic wands, and quill feather pens, and each one a different special power amulet, and official invisible cloaks (with iron on patches for the insignia). They were thrilled! They were so excited, and each felt so special, and he gave them each a little speech about what makes them unique and special and powerful. It was amazing.
The boys are now camping in Kirk’s room for the night, and the girls in Barrett’s room, so that we can get them to sleep to set up Santa presents and bring them all out at once in the morning.
Except we have another Christmas Eve tradition: booby trapping the children like in the original Parent Trap camp scene. It’s a hoot, sends off alarms if they try to sneak out in the night, and they love crawling through it like Mission Impossible lasers in the morning when it’s time to come out. We love this game, and it’s so fun, and good for them for physical therapy on a week when they miss appointments.
We will celebrate our Christmas morning tomorrow, and they are so excited!