Because I had a lot of family in town we had several events. On the 23rd we went to my cousin Kathryn's for dinner with my cousins Phil and James and their significant others. It was so nice to see everyone. The boys had fun with Kathryn's son Blake and they played with his cars. My parents and Kate and Lane arrived late on the 23rd. We spent the next morning with Phil, Amanda, James and Marthe as they came to our home for brunch. Phil and James live on opposite sides of the country; Phil in San Francisco and James in New York City, so we don't see them often. It was nice to be with them at Christmas.
|Amanda, Phil, Susie, Kate, Lane, Marthe, James|
We went to church at 3:40 that day and boy was it packed. Chase and Owen sat through their first church service because there was not child care. Chase wasn't feeling the best and he sat very still and colored with Jeff the entire service. Owen was feeling very good and was wiggly. He did great too, but was busy moving around. He liked to stand up on my lap and look at the choir singing and wondered, "Where did the people go?" when they left the stage. At one point he stood up and started dancing, which was sweet.
Throughout the weekend I heard, "Hi Auntie Kate," over and over. Chase and Owen loved having Auntie Kate around.
We had snacks and chili for dinner and fought back the urge to open gifts. Santa made an appearance and Chase and Owen were excited to see him. They dug in his bag and looked for gifts. Santa brought crayons, markers and Cars coloring books and the boys were very satisfied! He also brought gifts for the rest of us, which was so nice of Santa!
Christmas morning started around 6:30 with C, O and I making our way downstairs to find Santa had been there. We checked the advent calendar and found baby Jesus in the 25th pocket. Chase carefully placed him in the manger we had padded with cotton and we thanked God for sending Jesus.
We sent over and the boys started to pull things out of their stockings, giggling with glee. There were lots of fun things and lots of Cars items. They found a little Simba and Nala, which they loved. Jeff got up shortly after this and we opened a few gifts from Santa and each other. The boys got what they asked Santa for! Chase got a black car and a purple car. Owen got a pink car and a blue car (Disney Cars of course).