Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to all

It sure does seem like Christmas Eve is the longest day ever when you're three. So much anticipation and excitement. We spent the day doing last minute preparations before attending church with Rach, Eric, Dan and Janine.
After church everyone came over to our house for pupu's and cocktails. It was a roaring good time.
We made cranberry margaritas as our holiday cocktail. I highly recommend them.
Aunt Penny and grandma came over after church as well. We did our Christmas crackers and all wore our crowns.
Grandpa and Carol also came to party.
Gemma had a great time snacking and soaking up all the attention. Up past your bed time on Christmas eve is pretty fun too. She was her usual spunky self and was a bit loud through church though.
There was so much good food. Everyone brought an appetizer and we had tons of Christmas cookies.
After we polished off the margaritas we opened just a few bottles of Peachy Canyon wine.
Some of this years Christmas cookie selection.
Gemma got a whistle in her cracker. It is the perfect prize for our musical genius.
Lily got to open her gift from Uncle E and Auntie Rach. A gardening set for when we plant our garden this spring. She is so excited she had to go out in the dark and do some quick digging. She even slept with the bag of tools!
Grandma opened some gifts too! Wedding pictures for her walls!
Time for bed. We read the night before Christmas and headed straight to bed.
Now the men get to work! Time to start helping Santa with some construction.
All the loot under the tree and ready for morning. WOW!
Imagine our surprise in the morning when we found the stockings stuffed, the cookies eaten, and the reindeer carrots chewed! The girls were so worn out they slept until 8 AM. Too bad Grandma was the early bird and arrived at 7 and had to wait an hour in her car for us lazy birds!
                                      
Gemma was so excited, and starved. Pa feeds her some cereal while the fun begins.
It didn't take her long to get busy playing with the play house from G&G England.
Even Winsty got a toy, guess he is mostly good after all.
Sisters playing well and sharing Gemma's tea set.
There is room for two in the house.
Looks like matching hooded towels and matching chairs were a big hit too. One little owl and one little unicorn.
We played all morning then headed over to Aunt Judy and Uncle Stews house for a great supper and fun playing the white elephant game. We got to see Stew's car collection too. WOW! Lily got to try out her new bike up on the tennis court. It was great, wide open, flat, and nothing to crash into. Don't worry, we got her a helmet but she was giving it a test run to get the basics down first!
What a wonderful first Christmas in our new home! We are all worn out and the house is a wreck but we have boxing day to ourselves to relax, play, and have fun with dad off work! That is the best gift in our house. 

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