I’m going to skip over the days between Sunday and Christmas. Just suffice it to say that Savannah shared her stomach bug with other family members, not as much last minute shopping got done as was planned (no Christmas candy in any one’s stocking, probably not really a bad thing when you get right down to it) and Mark spent his days off running errands rather than being able to relax .
Despite passing around a stomach bug, Christmas morning came
and the children woke us up by singing and climbing onto our bed.
Colby (3) did a pretty decent impersonation and all the stockings were filled.My parents, grandmother (not pictured) and brother (see stocking picture) were able to join in our festivities for the first time since Mark and I have been married.The two little boys enjoyed a train setwhile the two little girls were enthralled with a princess tent
and the others explored the world with a microscope.
The gift that got one of the biggest reactions from the children surprised me. When Matthew opened a Greek/English Interlinear New Testament it’s arrival was greeted with jumping, yelling, high five-ing and lots of hugging. It’s kinda fun having semi-geeky kids.
We had a very eventful Christmas night, but I think I’m saving those stories for my next Not Me post.
By Tuesday, December 29 we were all feeling better and enjoyed the excitement of an oven fire and a trip to the zoo.Nicholas (1) tried his hand at being a zoo keeper while Savannah (4) practiced veterinary medicine.
On Wednesday we headed to Gatlinburg to see the Christmas lights. This is something that we generally do between the 22nd and 24th when Gatlinburg is quite empty, going after Christmas we didn’t have that luxury.
The children met a movie star and Sadie (6) starred in a magic show.
Since our family does not get enough odd looks when we walk around in public *insert sarcasm font there* the kids decided to up the ante by getting goofy teeth from the magic show and walking all the way back to the car smiling at everyone we passed. I just wish I’d had the video camera to catch people’s reactions.
We always celebrate New Year’s Eve at home and all children age 5 and older get to stay up until midnight (well at least we wake them back up at midnight) and have special drinks (hot chocolate and eggnog) and snacks (shrimp, chips and dip, and fruitcake). Actually we cheat a bit on the 5 and older part. We have 3 children who have birthdays in January or February and those kids get to stay up when they are 4 because we are so close to their birthday. This year will be Savannah’s (4) first year and she has been talking about it non-stop.
Tomorrow we’ll have a fire, play games, read books, eat and watch football.
Blessings to you and your family in 2010!
So how do you celebrate the New Year? Do you stay up? Do your kids? Do you go out? Have people over?