Ok, ready for this?? Our Christmas morning started at 4:30am. FOUR THIRTY in the morning! Gavin, even though I explained the night before that the kids were to call for us when the light in Riley's room turned green, came into our room at like 4:00 and whispered, 'Merry Christmas!' Yes, son...Merry Christmas. Now go back to bed. So he heads back to Riley's room, and I hear him over the monitor trying to wake her up. Are you serious, child?? I tried, unsuccessfully, to have them just come snuggle in our bed. Finally around 5am, I went out to the living room with them. We got cinnamon rolls ready, took pictures in front of the tree, and they played with the umbrellas Santa brought until about 5:30, when I could no long keep them distracted, and Jarrod came out so we could open gifts.
Gavin was SO excited to finally get his first video game. He was thrilled to finally get Skylanders for the Wii!
We enjoyed our homemade cinnamon rolls and started our morning of building Legos, opening gifts, and exploring all the fun things Santa brought. I honestly thought the kids would crash. Nope. Before I knew it, we were off to deliver cinnamon rolls to the fire station and headed to see Big Hero 6 at the theater, one of our newer traditions. (We started that last year!) The movie was hilarious, and Riley made it almost to the end before she was just done and ready for a nap. She crashed and took a great nap, but was the only one of us that got to sleep that day. Craziness.
We had an amazing Christmas this year. It just makes my heart happy when I see how magical the holidays are through the eyes of the kids. And I just cherish every minute of the family time! I miss see my family at Christmas time, but when I hear friends complaining constantly about all the hustle and bustle of traveling from place to place to place and never getting to just relax and enjoy a quiet moment with their kids, it makes me grateful that our holidays are filled with family memories and not stress.
Alright...more Christmas pics coming when I transfer iPhone pics!