Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I only have a few minutes to update, as I need to get cleaning and then grocery shopping (we have family coming over to visit today), but I wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!  Isn't it fun being Catholic?  Twelve days of Christmas await us, and usually the rest of the world moves away from Christmas, as of today (Boxing Day).   12 days to celebrate without the hustle and bustle and stressful shopping!  Woo-hoo!

Christmas here started with our first ever midnight Mass as a family that was actually at midnight.  The boys went to bed around 7:30, and then we woke them up just after 10:30 to get dressed, eat a snack, and head to church.  They were unbelievable - perfect gentlemen - at Mass.  Apparently we need to have more middle-of-the-night celebrations!  

Then it was back to bed for everyone.....except Mommy.  The boys and I had planned and prepared a Winter Wonderland, as a surprise for Mike, who was very much missing our white Christmases from back east.  I tried to be as quiet as possible while decorating our living room with snowflakes and lights.  It seemed to work - no one woke up!

I finally made it to bed around 4:45, to be woken up at 8 by the children.  It was a wonderful, relaxed morning of gifts, laughter, smiles, and adorable pajamas.  ;-)  Enjoy the pictures!

A bit groggy for Mass

Goofy Christmas boys

We were truly blessed this year by friends and family alike.

Santa brought Graham a bike!

Happy boy

Another happy boy - taking a snack break

Santa brought Nicholas TWO Cliffords!

Santa brought Joseph his coveted Lego police station

Happy boy #3

Winter wonderland

The boys made all of these snowflakes - they looked so pretty!

This doesn't really need a caption  ;-)

Sharing their gifts

Maybe Joseph will stay in bed later now?  (Being said by his non-morning-person mother)

More sharing - they really are the best of friends

Giving the dogs treats that we made ourselves on Friday.
Our winter wonderland

Think they enjoy the gymnastics lessons?

He can't let his brothers have all of the fun!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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