We started the morning slowly, well, no, I take that back. Guthrie got up to go to the bathroom at 3:30 and heard Santa -- a big bang and then someone saying "On Dasher, On Dancer, Ho Ho Ho." She woke me up at approximately 3:32 one inch from my face and VERY excited. I let her hop in our bed and she layed there for 20 minutes, silly me thought she had fallen asleep when she popped up and woke up John to tell him. Apparently she just couldn't wait. (early this month someone in the 'hood told her that Santa didn't exist. i'm happy that didn't stick)
Then everyone slept until I woke them up at 8:30.
John has a nasty cold so we made everyone stay in bed until he could take a shower. They were silly.
Then a tromp down the stairs and stockings and presents!
Laithe was pretty focused with his list: a dinosaur that turns into a car.
A great while later all the presents had been unwrapped and the playing commenced.
Puzzles were done, legos were built, horses were corralled. Dinosaurs turned into cars and back. Chocolate was consumed at a rate that caused me to eventually just turn my head.
In the afternoon the in-town Grandma's came over and there was much more playing and dinner, and playing and wildness and overwrought children who fell asleep just after 8:00 - who knew so much excitement could happen in under 12 hours?
Today was a day of rest and cleaning and putting away and cups of hot drinks and playing with neighbors. Tomorrow John returns to work - just for the morning - and the afternoon has me stealing away for several hours to do some lesson planning and later on knitting and a movie with my mom. I'm excited. John doesn't go back to his regular schedule until after the 1st and I'm happy for these last few days of vacation before we move back into our routine.
Hope your holiday was wonderful and to all those who spent their Christmas with some form of the flu or cold or appendicitis or in various ERs - there were a lot of you this year! - I hope you find some rest and recovery and can ring in the new year with the best of them!