{Christmas is Here...}

 all is calm...
all is bright....

well, that Christmas Eve sleepover didn't go quite the way we had planned.
they went to sleep ok, but were up before 5 giggling and chatting in their rooms.
and i think a sneaky trip downstairs was thrown in there too.
but i guess that is just part of Christmas....i remember doing the very same thing.
trying to see all your gifts in the dark of early morning...squeezing the stockings to try and guess what's inside.


 the problem was...their little sister likes to sleep in and she didn't make her first sound till after 8.
so that was a lot of waiting (and pestering and begging to open gifts) for us all to handle.:)

so we made our traditional Christmas morning breakfast....

monkey bread!
i never saw those two sprint upstairs faster to get aubrey.:)

...stockings first...

Santa brought those long-awaited blue laces.

and how did he know you are just a tad bit hair obsessed?

every single gift aubrey opened got her full attention and fair share of "ooohs and ahhhhs"
it was so sweet to watch.
if it had been just up to her, the presents would have lasted all day.

this little owl ring from santa was a definite favorite.

...presents from santa next...

snuggly, snuggly blankies

a new calico critter house and lots of furniture to fill it.:)

janey made us a homemade photo album with lots of handwritten captions.
we loved it.

daddy bought stompeez...way to go dad!:)

i see lots of woodworking projects in your future.

and i got a surprise new pair of boots.

aubrey loved riley and janey's gift...a new puppy.

janey's handmade necklace from riley.

 aubrey ripped up riley's favorite baby book, so she bought her a new one as a surprise.
riley was so happy.

riley painted janey a sunset to hang in her room.

...not so calm now...

now it's time to play.:)

and eat!

it was a merry, merry Christmas for all.
thank you Lord, for another year of many, many blessings.


  1. What a perfect, perfect day friend! I love every minute of it...I love how happy your girls are for each other! And Monkey bread? The best! And your new boots? LOVE 'EM! So glad it was Merry and Bright! : )

  2. Looks like a wonderful day! Juliana got stompeez as well.

  3. They got some wonderful gifts! Love the necklace and painting made by a sister, so sweet!

  4. Oh Cindy,

    Looks for WONDERFUL for sure! I loved looking at their happiness oozing out through their post. Now that's CRHIRSTMAS!!!

    Enjoy the rest of your vacation days together... tara

  5. Aww Merry Christmas guys!! Looks like a fun and exciting morning in your house :) Awesome gifts and I adore how your children make each other gifts!! What a special thing to teach them Cindy :)