After we returned from the beach, we started decorating the house for Christmas....decorated the outside of the house, the mantel and put up the tree. It didn't take long (maybe 30 minutes) for Walker to start fiddling with the ornaments on the tree. Unfortunately, his curiosity with the tree never ceased and lasted through Christmas! Every time I turned around he had a handful of ornaments (with the hooks lost somewhere in the tree). By the time we took the tree down (by 9am on Christmas morning), I had a pile of ornaments without hooks. This little cutie wore out the tree, and was fascinated with the lights.
So, onto more happy memories....because that is what Christmas is all about. Usually we have several blog posts written about Christmas, but sadly, this year was different due to the dreaded flu! Prior to school letting out, there was a huge flu epidemic and since so many children go to school sick or with fevers that they are unaware of...it became scary for many parents. I tried to pull our kids out of school early the last week of school as often as we could, but it didn't work.....Preston eventually went down. Three days before Christmas he became symptomatic, and had a fever for a couple of days. Since none of the grandparents wanted to risk getting sick, we postponed the celebration with my family until Dec 26th, and we just missed Christmas Eve with the Mizeranys altogether.
Fortunately we were able to sneak in baking Christmas cookies with Mimi and dinner with all of my family before he got sick:
|bringing Mimi's to us!|
Fortunately, Preston felt better within 24 hours (even though he still had a fever), and no one else got sick! On Christmas Eve, Steve and Bennett made a quick visit to his parent's house and dropped off our gifts for everyone, and picked up our presents. That night we did Christmas Eve with just our family....lonely, but nice.
|Christmas Eve babies|
|mean cowboy with new cap guns|
|B with her new AG Doll, Isabelle|
|throwing reindeer food|
|W on new scooter with a balloon|
|Pres beat Nene!|
|Poppy with his youngest grandchild|
The following day we headed over to Brian and Shannon's for our delayed Christmas celebration. We munched on heavy appetizers, enjoyed a couple of cocktails, talked and opened gifts. The kids had a blast, and received even more toys, clothes and games. They love hanging with their cousins, and since we had been couped up in the house for the 5 days prior....they were wound up! Of course neither of the big kids wanted to leave, so Bennett spent the night with Henley.
|golf cart ride with Poppy!|
Though the Christmas break didn't go exactly like we planned, we are still so blessed with our health and family.
|Merry Christmas 2014|