Christmas Eve

We spent Christmas Eve day at home, playing with the toys that the kids received the night before at Boom-Boom and Li-Li’s.

Collin and Makgill put together his new Smart Cycle. Really cool toy, by the way!

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Clara Beth still wouldn’t put “Hey-ah” down. She LOVES this baby! And I have to confess, I’m having fun with her, too!

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The rest of the day was spent cleaning out the playroom. I know, not real fun. But it HAD to be done before Santa dropped off a whole new pile of toys.

We went to Mom and Dad’s for supper before heading to church for the Christmas Eve service. This was once one of my favorite things about Christmas, until I had kids. You know how pretty much everything about Christmas gets better when you have children to share it with? Well, this is the only thing I can think of that becomes a little less enjoyable with young chidren who just don’t “get” being quiet. There is no nursery, so kids come in the service with you. Anyone who has spent time in a sanctuary with a child under the age of 5 knows that this can be a nerve-wracking experience. They inevitably WILL make noise, and even when they’re quiet I’m on the edge of my seat wondering when the noise will begin. Anyway, Rebecca and I have spent the past 2 years in the nursery, letting our wild little ones run free. Hopefully, within the next few years, I will be able to enjoy this service again!

And then it was back home to put Miss CB to bed, track Santa with Mak, bake cookies for Santa, and put out food for the reindeer. The stuff that is SO MUCH BETTER with kids!

Throwing out the food for Rudolph

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Looking for Santa’s sleigh in the sky

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Getting SO EXCITED that all he could do was SQUEEZE Daddy’s neck REALLY HARD!!! This is what I LOVE about having kids at Christmas! This was by far the best year yet with Mak. He was totally into all of it!

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Back inside to bake some cookies. Break-n-Bake. Lame, I know. But remember, we were cleaning out the playroom all day long and I ran out of time. Next year, they’ll be from scratch.

Oh, and our New Year’s Resolution is to FINISH the kitchen renovation!!! It WILL be completed in 2008!

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One for me, one for Santa, one for me, one for Santa…

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He ended up giving Santa about 20 cookies!

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He had that whole nervous-excited thing going. It was so cute!

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Merry Christmas!

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