Lilly has one book left to open--we had 25 books to countdown to Christmas this year and it was a fun tradition that we will continue.
We have our wall of Christmas cards from friends and family that always make us stop and smile. The ones closer to the ground have the unique role of being carried around by Jack. His favorite is one with the family dog on the front, which he pulls off the wall every time he passes by and walks around laughing and woofing at the card.
We have Lilly's gingerbread houses livening up the kitchen counter. One of the houses, Lilly made with Jim, and the two of them seemed to have more success than last year. Lilly ate just as much of the icing as she did last time and probably half the candy pieces went straight to her stomach without even touching the gingerbread house. But the creative sloping roof and lack of walls made the house sturdier this time and prevented the sliding walls that Jim and Lilly ran into last year. The other gingerbread house was a school creation, and as Dad said, looks like it was built to withstand Hiroshima.
|Lilly's Gingerbread House, created at school|
Lilly and I baked cookies for Santa today. Jim and Joseph cooked up a batch of ribs--we celebrated Christmas Eve Texas style tonight!
Lilly set out cookies and milk for Santa, and carrots and milk for the reindeer (at her request). Lilly decided that the reindeer would probably like their carrots peeled, especially since she practiced carrot peeling at school, so she got to work.
|"Noooo, Uncle Joef. Santa doesn't want zucchini!"|
|I hope Santa and his reindeer are hungry!|
The little ones are sound asleep and have been for hours, with one very excited three-year-old anxiously awaiting Santa's arrival, and a little one-year-old who hopes there's food among whatever else awaits him under the Christmas Tree.
I can't wait for tomorrow morning! There's something so special about seeing your children's eyes light up--it really is magical. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!