Here it is in all it's month-long glory: Christmas 2011.
December was a festive month, but also a month filled with a lot of sickness. The benefit to you of me not getting to this post until almost a month later is that I will be short with words. Highlight so perfect it seemed fake: snow falling, with the Nutcracker Suite playing in the background, while I addressed Christmas cards and Georgia stamped them. Lowlight: Joe letting the girls set out cookies for Santa while I was out of the room feeding Waylon and putting him to bed, not realizing it was any big deal to me to be there for moments like that. Argh - men! Dude, I wish I were that laid back, but I'm totally not. Highlight: Singing "Jingle Bells" at bedtime while the girls shook their bell-adorned stockings for musical accompaniment. Lowlight: having a paranoia induced heart attack wondering if Georgia would pop up from her sleeping bag when Santa came down the chimney, since June was up with an earache, and Joe was pacing around comforting her wondering if we should head to the E.R. on Christmas Eve. Thankfully we avoided any trips to the E.R. last month, but I swear there were about four close calls. I had better end with more highlights, huh? Here's some: all three kids simultaneously looking at the camera for our Christmas card, messy gingerbread house building, visits with family, and lots of Christmas cookies. Oh, and June yelling, "Where's the fire?!" at a very silent moment during the Christmas Eve church service when I handed her an unlit candle.
Grandpa Dave in antlers, early in the evening:
A little later...
Marital crisis averted; Santa needs milk.
The girls' gift from us was a light panel:
Waylon's (re)gift from us was a Bumbo seat. Here he is as the centerpiece of Christmas breakfast.
Of course, everyone had to try it out. I swear, the girls use it more than he does now.
I think these next few speak for themselves.
Family shot at Beth's house!
My parents with all of their grandkids:
Alice made beautiful placecards fitting for Beth's beautiful table, which included Aussie Christmas crackers.
Waylon napped through parts of it. Joe and I took turns eating.
Why am I not surprised I ended up in a heap on the floor?
The day after Christmas was all about using the new easel from Nana and Pop Pop.
By evening it was more like an artists' colony.
Oh, but wait! The fun continued with another Christmas celebration on New Year's Eve, and a fantastic roller coaster that is going to live at Gran and Grandpa Dave's house for us to visit any time.
Straight back into the box!
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