24 December 2009

Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas Eve! This day is more fun than Christmas day for me! Our day was pretty relaxing. Mia and I went to see Alison and family. Her in-laws are visiting, so I had fun talking crochet with her mother-in-law. She actually gave me a hat for Phillip...SCORE...a hat I did not have to make. Yesterday we had a little gift exchange with Ella and Alison. The girls were cute exchanging a Barbie (for Ella) and Pony (for Mia). Ever since Alison watched Amelia while we went to Denver she is SCARED to go to Alison's house. Strange. Also, yesterday we work up to awesome frost formations on the trees and practically everything outside. It was breath taking.

While the kids napped I made bread dough for dinner and rolls for tomorrow. Jeff requested bread bowls. He went around the house completing items from Justin's "Honey Do" list. He installed the screen door hydraulic arm, fixed my elliptical machine, and tried to hook up the water to the fridge for our ice maker. That was a little more complicated so will need to wait until Saturday. Jeff helped me make a cardboard box car for Mia to play in. She was really interested in what we were doing. It excites me to watch her imagination grow.

Dinner was a simple affair of delicious clam chowder and hot bread bowls. Holy Smokes...it was delish. Mia chose to eat Mac and cheese. Yucky! Jeff took the role of "Nelf" ringing bells around the house and leaving treats outside the door. It freaked out Amelia more than amused her. She did love the chocolate Santa's the Elf left. Going to bed was a bit tricky since she was afraid Santa would come on her roof with the reindeer and eat her carrots. As I walked out of her room she said, "Mommy, I need some snuggles...please?!" Melt my heart. The stockings are hung with care, bellies full, presents out, and the scriptures read. We tried to enact the Christmas Story with her little manger set but she just wanted to push the music button. Her stocking is stuffed with an avocado as her fruit, color crayons, chapstick, and a little necklace. The avocado cracks me up! Our day was simply idyllic. I look forward to a relaxing jammie day tomorrow playing with Amelia's fun toys. We are so grateful for Jeff. He makes the holiday that much better. "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night"