Thursday, January 3, 2008

catching up

I've been a horrible blogger lately, huh? Mainly it's because Sean was off work for two weeks, and I spent most of my time with him and the kids. Now that Sean is back to work and Nathan went back to school today, I guess it's time for me to play catch up on our holiday.
One of the presents I ordered for Megan did arrive late, but I just wrapped it up in the same Santa paper and stuck it under the tree and pretended we missed it Christmas morning. Emma and Nathan barely noticed, and Megan won't remember, so that ended better than expected. The kids got all kinds of great presents, and now our house needs another major toy overhaul. I am bad because I have a hard time parting with toys that the kids really enjoyed playing with, but we are getting overrun and something has to give.
Anyway, Christmas Eve we went to Aunt Sandy's as usual and had a very yummy dinner. The kids got some presents and the adults had a white elephant gift exchange, which was a lot of fun. Then Christmas day we stayed home and sat around in our pajamas all day long. That was nice! My mom and grandma came by to see what Santa had brought everyone, and then I made a ham for dinner. The day after Christmas we went to my mom's to have Christmas with her and my grandma. She made Chicken and Dumplings, which is quite possibly my favorite food ever. The kids received even more presents there and we had a good time just eating and hanging out. Christmas was really fun this year, and it was pretty relaxing since we stayed home instead of traveling. Normally we make a trip to Ohio while Sean is off work to see all his family up there, but I really wasn't feeling up to it this year. Instead, Sean's dad and his wife, and Sean's sister came to see us last weekend. The kids were so excited to see their papa and grandma and Aunt Nikki, and of course they got more presents. We spent the weekend eating and playing games and just lounging around. Sean's sister stayed to ring in the new year with us. We didn't do anything exciting this year, which was just fine with me. Obviuosly our holiday was filled with lots of gift giving and eating, but the best part was definitely spending time with everyone we love.
Sean and I had originally agreed not to do gifts since he just bought me my camera and we are taking that trip to Disney in March, but I couldn't resist getting him something. He was mad because he listened and didn't get me anything and felt bad that I had gotten him a gift, but I honestly didn't care. I knew I wasn't getting anything and his present made him happy, so I was happy. I got him this:

It's a 12 inch compound miter saw. He's been wanting one lately and we've been talking about all kinds of projects around the house we want to do, so it was a pretty good present. He was so funny and as soon as the kids's present were out of their boxes and assembled, he took his new toy into the kitchen and put it together on the island. If it hadn't been so cold and if we'd had some wood, I'm sure he'd have been using it that morning.
I hope everyone else had a great holiday season and got to spend time with their loved one's.
Christmas morning

the aftermath

Sean with his new toy

Christmas at Grandma's

and a picture of Megan, just because she is cute!

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