And just like that Christmas is over.
All the preparations. All the planning. All the plotting and secret keeping. And blink! All done.
Christmas Eve was spent at my mom's house. Food was eaten, games were played, laughs were had. It was a lovely night. It was fun just sitting around spending time with family.
When we got home that night the kids quickly changed into their jammies and went off to bed so that Santa could make a swift delivery. Later that night, as the kids lay sleeping in their beds, Santa did indeed make his visit.
After a little rest at home we managed to make it over to Todd's mom's house for more food, more games, and more laughter.
The next day we all just sat around trying to recoup from all of the holiday craziness. Joey continued to recover from the stomach bug he had all week and the kids played with all their Christmas loot.
We had planned on going up north and going skiing for a few days but I just didn't think I had the energy for it and Joey was still regaining his strength. Instead Todd went up north to attempt another go at getting a deer (this is the only year I can remember that Todd didn't get a deer) and the kids and I stayed home and relaxed.
As Joey got stronger the kids and I ventured out to the local sledding hill and took advantage of the warm weather. The kids even got to spend some of their Christmas money at their favorite store and purchased a few more LEGO sets for their collection. We ended up having a really nice time together.
When the kids went to bed that night I really got into relaxation mode. I pulled out my Christmas gift (an extra large bean bag), started a fire, made myself a drink, and kicked my feet up.
I hope your Christmas, busy and/or imperfect as it may have been, was filled with warm memories, love, and happiness.