Finally Christmas morning arrived, and the four of us enjoyed a nice quiet Christmas morning. When Bennett awoke, we told her she needed to call for us from the top of the stairs (we wanted to make sure to see her facial expression when she entered our living room). So, I grabbed her and Pres while Steve went into the living room with the video recorder to capture them walking in and seeing what they got. They each received a bike from Santa, and they were both happy with the new item (especially Bennett).
Following a couple of laps around the kitchen, each of the kids opened their stocking gifts. Then we moved under the tree, where they each had 5 gifts to open. Bennett first opened a new shirt, and she said "How cute, just what I wanted." She was quite appreciative of everything she got, and very happy. Preston was preoccupied with a firetruck that we gave him that has a working ladder, siren, and lights up, and wasn't as interested in his other gifts. After some assisting from Bennett, we had everything opened and they were playing with it all. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for them to get in a fight about one of their toys, so Pres was put on time out.
Later that morning, my parents returned from Brian and Shannon's house (where they went early in the morning to watch their kids open presents). Our kids showed them all their new loot and they played with them, while Steve and I prepared our Christmas lunch. We sat down around 12:30, and enjoyed a delicious meal (if I say so myself) of steak, twice-baked potatoes, asparagus and rolls. My mother cut her meat so tiny and chewed everything really well, and we thankfully got through lunch without any problems.
My mother then volunteered to do all of the clean-up while we got the kids and ourselves down for a short nap. Since we had been going to bed so late the past few nights, we were all short on sleep and very tired. After we awoke, we all headed back over to the Mizerany's for dinner. My parents only see them about once a year, so it was nice for them to catch up. Steve's cousins and their families come over too, along with a friend of Dan's...so it really is just a big gathering.
So, as you can see....we were very blessed to spend this special time with our family. We also did a lot of eating and drinking over the three day celebration. We definitely need to diet now, and get back into our routines, but we have another short work week and the kids don't return to school until next week. So I guess we'll have to postpone it until "next year."