|Dinos from Santa|
|Happy with her stocking contents|
|Celebratory breakfast - coconut flour waffles and bacon|
|Three happy kids in their Christmas Eve jammies|
|Three less-than-happy kids, way past bedtime on Christmas Day!|
|Princess Light for Baby Belle|
|A brave knight for Music Man|
|A fierce, fire-breathing dragon for the whole gang|
|Mermaid Princess Honour for Princess|
|The whole home-made gang that kept me VERY busy recently!|
(You might also notice that Music Man's knight is of a much fairer complexion than his sister princesses. My middle child has inherited my complexion, while my daughters bear much more resemblance to their father.)
Our Christmas Day was simple, and just right. The kids opened their stockings from Santa, then we had our big waffle breakfast, then the kids opened their gifts from us. They each got one "big" gift from us, their little felt friend, and a big pile of art and craft supplies to share. We really try to down-play the gift part of Christmas, and so far it's working. We realize this will get harder as the kids get older and compare gift lists in January with their classmates. Until then, I'll enjoy how excited Princess gets over a brand new pair of child-safe scissors.
Tonight my parents arrive, and Christmas will happen all over again tomorrow. They're bringing some gifts for the kids, and I'll cook a turkey dinner which my in-laws will join us for. Then two days later I'm throwing a (large-ish) birthday party for my sweet, loving, hard-working husband. I tell you all this to explain in advance why you're not likely to see many posts in the next week, but I assure you that "More blogging!!" is on my list of New Year's resolutions.
From our home to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!