No real snow fell, so I add fake snowflakes.
Everything was good in my own little family. My sister Terra's family had the stomach flu. They were under quarantine, and had to stay home. :( We missed them. We are planning on getting together with them on this Sunday, but 2 of them still haven't gotten sick yet. I'm not hoping they do get sick, but none of the rest of us want to get the stomach flu! We'll see what happens.
We've been battling a slight cold at our house, but that's nothing compared to the stomach flu. We're kind of at the tail end of the cold. It's the oddest cold - Isaak woke up with a sore throat one day, and after that day he just had a stuffy nose. No coughs, or sneezes.
Christmas Eve is a big deal. Just as big as Christmas. This post will be about Christmas Eve. We get together with grandma, grandpa, great grandpa, cousins, aunts, uncles and 1 great aunt.
On Christmas we do our own gifts, and Santa. Then for lunch we get together with everyone - meaning all my mom's side of the family. We're small enough to get together, but big enough to fill a house.
I decided to curl my hair for the first time in years twice this week (once for my work party, and once for attending a church service). I got asked 5 times if I cut my hair? Nope! I used the Rock and Roll hair curlers I got from the 90s. Yep they still work. I love seeing the boy's expressions when I do different things to my hair. At first they didn't think I'd take the silicone curlers out. I played it up, "Yep this is how my hair will stay." ;) Then they fought over who was going to take them out. I let them both try a few, then I took over. They wanted to yank the curlers out of my hair with no mercy. - Ouch! Then they thought the freshly curled locks would be how my hair stayed. My hair looked a bit like Shirley Temple's hair on steroids.
No worries my hair calmed down sort of. It's easier to curl it than straighten it. I have a feeling pin curls are going to be back in.
I painted my nails to look like my earrings. I'm sorry the photo of my fingernails is blurry. It was time to leave.
The boys were bouncing off the walls Christmas Eve day. I took the day off to watch them. Dad got home early to "help". His idea of helping that day was playing on his phone, and taking a cat nap. He's not like that every day, just that day.
The boys took a break from bouncing off the walls to decorate a Christmas tree veggie tray. I let them decide what veggies we needed. I washed, peeled, and cut them. They decorated it, and told me what they needed more of. It was Mica's idea to do the start on the top of the tree. It was my idea to carve the stars in the radishes.
We headed off to church. Isaak said, "This is so boring!" 10 times, while we were there.
We went to Grandma and Grandpa's for a big dinner, and to unwrap gifts.
I didn't really get great photos because it was dark, and everyone was moving. Both boys got a big Lego thing, viking themed clothes, a GC to Toys R Us, books, Sculpey, and other random things. Isaak likes the Sculpey, Shrinky Dinks, and Creativity in a Can better than anything else. Mica's crazy about the Legos.
I got a shirt, some kitchen things, a necklace, money, and a sponge happy face that Isaak thought was hilarious.
We got home late. I told Mica that he could put the Santa gifts under the tree. It's his rite to passage for not believing. I didn't want Christmas to go downhill for Mica. It's not a spoil alert. All the presents were wrapped.
Do you do any celebrating on Christmas Eve?
I have naturally curly hair that I pay big bucks to get rid of, so I can not condone the curling of your beautifully straight hair ;)
In our house, it's tradition to go to my grandad/aunt's house for Christmas Eve dinner with a few other relatives. Every year after dinner we get out Trivial Pursuit and get in teams of two to play. It always takes forever to set up and we argue a lot.
All of our traditions have changed since I got married.. so we are trying to make our own...
We do Christmas Eve service at Church... then have a low country boil at home... Then, the boys open one gift - their pjs... they change into them and then open their other gifts from us...
Then - time for Broxton to get ready for Santa...
Christmas Day is Santa gifts... and then my parents / brother come up ..
We do Christmas with my grandparents / and other family when we manage to have the time with all the boys...
We have horrible colds going on over here too. I ended up taking Nyquil and a sleep aid last night not giving 2 craps if I od'd. That's how terrible I was feeling. It's starting to wane now, but my throat feels like it is on fire and my ears are ringing something awful still :(
You look so pretty with your hair curled! After years of straightening mine, I find myself waving mine most days now.
You look great! I hope the flu doesn't spread to your household, nobody needs that. Judging from all the activity over Christmas, I would guess you will be glad to settle down some now that it is over.
I love your curls! We went to my cousin's on Christmas Eve. It sounds like you had a great Christmas. Happy New Year!
looks like you're having a great time! I love the veggie tray..looks so fresh and for sure healthy! And I love the curly hair, too :)
Well look at you!! Looking great and I see you are wearing tights!! I already told you I love my tights.
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