Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Christmas Eve is one of my most favorite days of the whole year!! It is really better than Christmas Day to me (Christmas day is a little bit sad -we look forward to it all year and then it's over so fast)! But Christmas Eve is so exciting and magical! This year turned out to be super special! We had a beautiful candlelight service at our church! I love our church! It was so fun to see all our friends and wish them a Merry Christmas and give love! Nana and Granny Loon joined us and then we went to dinner with them after the service! Nana had brought the kids and me and Clint a Christmas Eve gift and we ate the yummiest dinner at Applebees (our first choice, Lovoy's, wasn't open, Boo)!! I got a Yankee Candle called "Christmas at the Beach" -it smells awesome ~coconut lotion with a hint of peppermint!
After dinner, the kids and I visited my mom and dad while Clint went home to get a few things squared away for later that night! We took pictures and laughed and the kids got their Christmas Eve presents from them - they always get Christmas pj's - it's a tradition my grandmother started when we were kids!
Finally we made it home~ it was late but we had a few more things on our agenda... making a gingerbread house, pictures in Christmas pj's by the tree and getting things ready for Santa! Oh yeah, we also opened a couple of gifts- I always let Will and Francie open their gifts to each other! Will got Francie a Hello Kitty necklace and Hungry, Hungry Hippos! Francie got Will a bookmark light and a Checkers/Chess set! So we played some games, set out milk and cookies and tried to go to sleep so Santa could come... Will was just a wee bit wound up so he actually didn't go to sleep until 1:30 or 2:00, which meant we didn't go to bed until around 3:30!! At 5:30 guess who was ready to check out the loot Santa had left? WILL! Needless to say we were a little tired, but it was so worth it to see his and Francie's faces light up when they saw what Santa had brought! They must have been pretty good this year, because they racked up!! ;)