At last (I'm feeling really dramatic), Will did come home, and it was time to get all dressed up and head out the door! They looked darling in their Christmas outfits.
Will's extended family takes turns hosting a Christmas Eve get together in the evening (with the most delicious food, btw), and we always love spending time with them. The kids even got to open a few early Christmas gifts, which they loved!
When we got home around 9pm, we put out some goodies for Santa, read some Christmas stories, and then tucked everyone into Liam's bed. This year we thought we'd start the tradition of having the kids all sleep together. They loved it, and despite their extreme excitement, they conked out pretty quickly because they were pooped! I think it was after 10pm when they were finally situated, so Will and I could begin all of our wrapping! I feel like a crazy person for leaving it all to the last minute, but I also kind of like it. Again, I grew up wrapping my presents the night before Christmas, so I guess it's programmed in me to do it this way.
The next morning I got the classic "kids on the stairs" picture-- just barely in the nick of time. Juliette was on the move!
The kids were really sweet about their gifts. Liam kept saying, "AWE-SOME!" I don't necessarily have pictures of them with their Santa gifts, but this year Liam asked for a light saber. Isabella changed her mind a million times, but at the last minute had her heart of hearts set on having real bells off of Santa's sleigh. Juliette didn't really have a particular wish, so she was surprised and happy with a wooden doll castle. All of their wishes were granted! They must've been good kids this year!
It even started snowing really hard while we were opening presents! I don't think the kids have ever had a white Christmas, and I can't really remember the last time I did, so that was awfully exciting and definitely added to the magic of Christmas morning!
Next we got showered and cleaned up a bit and skyped with my family. I always especially miss my family at Christmas, so it was awesome to see most of their faces and hear their voices. It sounded like they had a really happy Christmas as well. After talking with them, we headed out into the snow and drove to Grandma Rise and Grandpa Billy's house for some more Christmas fun.
After a delicious brunch, Grandma Rise had the kids dress up and act out the Christmas story. I loved watching that. It was a great reminder on Christmas day of the reason for the season. I'm so thankful that Jesus was born and lived the life he did. I hope my kids are beginning to understand the magnitude of who He is, and the gift he's given us.
We finished off the day by exchanging more gifts, taking some much-needed naps, and just enjoying the company of such wonderful loved-ones.
Merry Christmas to all!