Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Eve & Cookies for Santa


Santa’s cookies & milk and carrots for the reindeer were gobbled up Christmas morning with a thank you note from the big guy. Weird to think this may be our last year doing this, our girls still believe, but may not be much longer, they have many questions. Since Christmas was on a Sunday, we went to church first thing, then home for gifts. Love when Christmas falls on Sunday, only happens every 7 years.


Christmas Eve morning started with some special visitors, visiting from CA. So great seeing Danny & Lindsay!


I had to send Lindsay this pic of my clean kitchen shortly after they left, since they saw it so messy as they toured our new home. Still unpacking and things get cluttered fast with everyone home and a busy week. I told the family Santa can’t bring gifts in a messy home, everyone pitched in for a fast clean up.


Yummy Christmas Eve dinner with Chocolate Tuxedo cake for dessert.


I baked Lion House recipe banana bread w/ chocolate chips for neighbor gifts this year, delivered in a Christmas loaf dish (on the right). I figured I can handle it this year since we don’t have too many neighbors yet :).


We had a few other special visitors throughout the day, opened up new pj’s, and colored in new gigantic coloring books while sucking on candy canes (fun childhood traditions). Grandma & Uncle Mike dropped by with some filled stockings for the kids and $$ gift for the boys (just what a teenager wants). After dinner we read a few Christmas stories, and Luke II. So fun to celebrate His birth! Before going to bed, Sophie said “mom, today was a perfect day!” Made it all worth it.