Monday, January 9, 2017

Backtracking to Christmas Eve

Our Elf on the Shelf left the boys matching PJ bottoms before Christmas. The elf - Brita was rolled up in one pj bottom, and her partner in crime a TMNT was rolled up in the other. It's sometimes hard to find matching anything because Mica is fitting into adult smalls, and Isaak fits into boys size 10. These pj bottoms are so fuzzy and soft.

Isaak in particular is into showing off his little wanna be man muscles. 

Christmas Eve is always a big deal in our family. We have a huge meal with my parents, my grandpa, my sisters and brother-in-laws, my nephews and niece. After the meal comes presents.

I made pickle roll-ups. Just put an oval or circle cut lunch meat down, spread it with softened cream cheese, add a pickle and roll it up. Then cut into slices with a sharp knife. I imagine if you don't like pickles you could do this with cucumbers as well. They went fast!

They were a pain when I was using deli sliced meat because it wasn't in a circle or an oval. Once I got prepackaged oval cut deli meat it was easier. Try getting the smallest big dill pickles you can find.

Travis made Beef Bourguignon Soup. There was also cheese and crackers, dip, veggies, fruit, shrimp, more appetizers and more soup varieties.

During present unwrapping and stocking time we get out the deserts. 

I tried to capture many of the kids. Of course they were so wound up! The boys were wrestling before this picture was taken. Isaak's in the phase were he hides when it's time to take his picture.

I gave the boys robes before this day as well. They've been living in them. It's funny because they hardly want to wear pjs, but will wear these big fluffy robes to bed. I don't get it, but I'm glad they love their robes.

My mom mixed up Mica and Isaak's big Lego gifts. There's no pulling wool over their eyes. They both switched them, and laughed it off. 

I love watching my younger nephews open up gifts from us. I try to make the gifts fun, and match their personalities. I love giving. What's your favorite part of Christmas?


Kristi Maloney said...

Great picture of the boys! By the way, your pickle roll ups sound like a great low carb snack! Thanks for sharing. :)

Theresa Mahoney said...

Looks like a lovely holiday for your family! I love the matching pj's. Allison is finally into the juniors section, so finding matching clothes is a lot easier now. The pickle roll ups sound awesome! I'll have to try making them for our superbowl party!

Harry Flashman said...

that sure does look like Christmas at our house 20 years ago. I'm glad you are taking advantage of it now. Once all those little folks are grown up and moved off, and it's just you and the husband, it's not the same. We didn't go to my sister in laws for Christmas this year. They had a huge family gathering, and my wife and I were just not up for it, we wanted to stay home with the kids.

~ Noelle said...

I love the excitement on the younger kids faces during the holidays. It always makes me smile.


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