After the Christmas morning present explosion, we had to say our goodbyes to my family and pack up for the trip up to the Lake. We left the boys in their new PJs to give Grandma and Grandpa a taste of the Christmas Morning snuggles. The lake was a FULL HOUSE, with 16 for dinner and 14 of us staying for the night, but it never feels crowded - just warm and cozy.
We tackled stockings after lunch and everyone enjoyed all the thoughtful gifts that "Santa" managed to remember from various conversations throughout the year. I am totally stocked up on all manger of reusable bags and lunch supplies!! The boys will have cozy toes in their smartwool socks and OH MY! do we love these Sounders Jerseys?! So cute.
The kids opened their gifts before dinner and the adults had a relaxing gift exchange after dinner. Scott received the most puzzling of gifts - why the heck is he so excited about a 5 gallon water jug, a bucked, and some plastic tubing??? Okay, add a few more accessories and a gift certificate to the brew shop and he now has a full set up to start brewing his own beer! Awesome!
And, what would Christmas be without a gift that requires assembly? Scott and Owen got his cars garage up and running in record time and I can tell this is going to be a favorite for both boys for quite some time.
My only regret is that I don't have a good picture of the three kids all together, but Josh and Calla are both SO BUSY! It was an amazing group effort that not a single kid choked or tumbled down the stairs, but Josh did manage to plaster his hand to the wood stove while Scott, Kate, and I were ALL within watching distance. I kept telling myself, "Next year will be easier." as these kids become more independent and better at self preservation! Heck, a year ago, this little guy was small enough to fit IN his stocking and now he's carrying up and down stairs. They do grow!