On Christmas Eve, Matt and I got the kids all dressed up for church. Then they discovered that Santa had delivered a mysterious note to our mailbox.
At 4:00 we drove out to the airport. As we stood outside of security waiting, Snapper fully convinced herself that one of Santa's elves would come walking out with a big, wrapped present. She was so focused on that thought that she looked straight at Grandma for a good 10 seconds before she saw her. Even then, Snapper did a classic double-take...three times! Then she went running and screaming across the walkway to Grandma, much to the amuesment of all the other people there. Precious!
Christmas Day was a blast, too. We had birthday breakfast for Jesus, read the Christmas story, and then opened our gifts. As I watched Snapper's and Pepper's delight and appreciation at each new treasure, I was reminded of my own childhood, and how incredibly blessed I am.
This year, thanks to ebay, I was able to buy brand-new bedding and curtains for both kids. After the bedding was purchased, I had enough left over in my budget (totally unexpected!) to get a Hot Wheels and a Spiderman costume for Pepper--I'm so tired of seeing him in Snapper's ballerina outfit--and a cowgirl costume and a new outfit for Snapper. Then of course, grandparents, aunties, and uncles came through with some other wonderful toys. And all of it was just right! It was not an excessive Christmas--they'll love and use each gift they received. That's the way it should be!
Having Grandma and Great-Poppa here has been frosting on the cake. Snapper is super attached to Grandma, and Pepper is super attached to Great-Poppa. Here's a little slideshow because the pictures I wanted to share are too many to post here. I probably won't be posting again for the next several days, so Happy New Year, my friends!
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