Secret Santa Tip:
I learned something this year that I wish I would have known this whole time. Usually I go back in my bedroom to be quiet, so the boys can go to sleep. This year we decided to play Scrabble in the living room. Playing the game kept us up, sudden noises were normal to their ears, and we got to nibble on cookies and Travis drank the milk. In between turns we got out the gifts we wrapped and put stuff in their stockings. It worked like a charm.
The boys woke up at 5 AM for Santa that next morning. Yep they were excited. I didn't mind the early morning wake up call, but Travis hates when the boys wake us up that early! He snapped and said, "Don't wake us up until the coffee is made, and play in your rooms for at least another hour!" That's torture on Christmas morning.
The boys did what they were told.
I didn't capture any photos that morning. Why? Well it was freaking dark out still. All the photos would have been dark and grainy.
They each got a big Lego thing. Mica's starting to get more practical gifts. Like any mom I wonder if he enjoys them. He got a sleeping bag instead of a game like Isaak got. He got a wallet in his stocking when Isaak got a dice game. He can't go into middle school with a cute robot wallet, nor can he go camping with a cute bug sleeping bag. He's growing up. His needs are different now.
I am really lucky that my mom makes us cinnamon rolls for breakfast. We take them with us on Christmas Eve. They really save a lot of time for breakfast. The boys love them.
While the boys put together their Lego sets I made food for our next family event. I generally make a veggie tray because we can always have more veggies! I cut open 2 pomegranates to bring seeds. I brought mixed nuts, a cheese ball with crackers, and a cookie tray.
Christmas is filled with family! 56 family members to be exact! Just my Mom's family gets together. My Dad only has 1 brother that's not married. Travis' family lives far away.
My Aunt Becky loves to get a big box, and she fills it with small presents that have strings attached to them. Each little kid gets a Christmas question, and gets a present when it's answered.
Mica and his cousin Evan retired from questions, and are now paid Elves that help Becky.
Mica read a story to the kids before the present giving started. It was great, but way too long of a story. I had to cut the poor boy off.
Isaak loves his cousin Edison so much. Edison says Isaak's name so cute. It was, "I Kick", but now it's said more like his name.
Isaak with Elijah (cousin's the same age).
Emerson almost went to the hospital before Christmas. My sister asked if his tests could be after Christmas. Since he's had his tests - we now know why he's breathing funny at times. Emerson's liver and colon are back up in his chest cavity. It's from a hernia he's had for some time now. It has to be fixed up. He's still having seizure activity, but it's not any worse than before. We'll know soon when he'll have surgery. They have to get it worked out between the doctor's and hospital. Insurance says it has to be fixed, so good for them!
If you celebrate - What did you do on Christmas?