Friday, December 25, 2015

The Night Before Christmas

Christmas Eve found us at Ryan's parent's house for a par-tay.  It was announced as a Grinch party- because no one likes too much Christmas spirit on Christmas Eve?  (Just kidding, guys.)  

There were some games.  Picking up candy canes with one candy cane in your mouth is harder than it sounds.

 We had "Who Hash" for dinner before watching the Jim Carrey version of the Grinch.  (Not my favorite version, actually.  That would be why my kids hadn't seen it before.)
 After the movie, we anticipated Christmas a bit and got to open our presents with Ryan's family.  And they opened the ones from us.  We were total fuddy duddies and wanted to spend Christmas at home by ourselves.  Especially since we are headed to Utah right after Christmas.

 Elizabeth was super excited about getting a chalkboard.

 Elizabeth does like to decorate herself with ribbons and bows.  She has since she could attach them to herself.
 Annie and Maddie got another matching set of shirts so they can trick people.
Then we drove home.  We wanted to leave early enough so we could have some settle down time before it was time for the girls to go to bed.  I have a feeling we came and left from Ryan's parents like a noisy train, disrupting the natural flow of things.  But we like to be home with our own little family, and I enjoy the calmness of Christmas day by ourselves with nowhere we have to go.  With as fast as the kids grow up, I feel like I need to soak up as many of these holidays as I can.

So the girls got new pjs this year.
 I think they liked them.
 Then we settled in for a viewing of White Christmas, which has become a bit of a tradition for us on Christmas Eve.  An hour and a half later, we were almost ready for bed.  As ready as we were going to get without allowing them to stay up as late as they wanted.
Santa stopped by!  Things were looking good when Ryan and I went to bed.  Emma was going to get her new, non-hole-y bedroom door for Christmas.  Hooray!

And I'm still glad we switched to the white Christmas tree lights.

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