Merry Christmas!!!

I was the first one up today.  I repeat…..  I was the FIRST one up this morning!!  I awoke at 6 and could not go back to sleep.  I laid in the bed a little while and then just decided to get up and fix the coffee.  I also got the cameras ready, took pictures of what Santa had brought, and waited….. It was after 6:45 before everyone woke up.  I couldn’t believe it!  When we put the kids to bed last night, we told them they were not allowed to leave their rooms until it was daylight.  I really thought they would wake at 5 a.m., but nope – they made it until almost 7:00!  I got a few pictures of them waiting in Cole’s room before they were allowed to find their gifts.  Since this is the first year in our new house, we weren’t sure where Santa would leave the gifts!

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When we thought we were through looking at everything, we just happened to find a note that Buddy left.  He wrote a very sweet message to the kids, and he ended it with this….. “P.s…. I left you something outside.”  Well, as you can imagine, the kids jumped up and ran downstairs as quickly as they could.  You couldn’t miss it in the backyard.  Santa had brought a TRAMPOLINE!!!!  It was freezing outside and there was frost and ice on the trampoline, but it sure didn’t stop Chloe and Cole from jumping on it!

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Caroline and I stayed in the warmth of our cozy house and started working on breakfast.  We had a big, yummy breakfast, and we spend the rest of the day laying around watching Christmas movies while the kids played with their new stuff.  It was such a good, fun, family day.  Later in the afternoon we went to Ninnie and Big Poppa’s for dinner and presents with them.  I was so mad at myself because I forgot my camera, but another good time was had by all.  The kids begged to open presents first, and they tried their hardest not to be, but they sure were tired after eating dinner.  It was a full day for them (for us all, actually), and I don’t know who enjoyed it the most – the kids, or the parents watching their kids!  Merry Christmas to all!


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