Our Christmas Eve and Christmas morning.

I awoke on Christmas Eve morning in the early hours to find Gregory sick. So very sick. Like lock yourself in the bathroom sick. Poor guy.  We had plans with my side of the family to go swimming at an indoor pool that morning.  Greg obviously didn’t make it.  I packed the girls up and we swam with all of their cousins.  Lydia had a blast.  Madre then took all of my family out for some fish tacos.  Yum yum yum.  Then it was time to head back home to shower, get ready for Christmas Eve, and check on my poor husband.  We came back home to find he was slowly on the mend.  We showered, gave Hazel a nap, and then we were off to Greg’s side of the family for a Christmas Eve party.  We sang Christmas hymns and scriptures and ate yummy foods.  Greg was doing pretty well for being sick all day, but by the time we got home he went right upstairs and crashed on our bed.  Completely gone to the world.  So it was up to me to set up our Christmas!  Lydia, Hazel, and I set out cookies and milk for Santa.  This was complete with a note from Lydia asking Santa to leave two cookies behind for her and Hazel.  Lydia was very disappointed on Christmas morning to find out that Santa ate all of the cookies!  How dare he.  🙂

 photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_7_zps54029bda.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_6_zpsffc3acbc.jpgWe had to leave carrots on the front porch for those reindeer as well.   photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_5_zps6d83023d.jpg

After the Polar Express was read(Lydia’s choice) and the girls were finally put to bed, I had a few presents to wrap for the family the next morning and presents to set out.  Let me tell you, this was no fun doing it by yourself!  I love having Greg by my side every year setting up the presents and getting pumped to see Lydia’s face the next morning.  But since he was sleeping that sickness off, it had to be done alone.  In the past I always wondered why people took pictures of their tree and presents all set up.  Did not understand the point.  Now as a parent, I absolutely do.  I want to remember how the presents were displayed for the girls that year, how our tree looked, and all the little details.  Our Christmas presentation just waiting for visitors in the morning.   photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_8_zps60b16837.jpgMorning came!  Greg finally was feeling better and we could move on with celebrating!  Hazel, our early riser, woke us up first and kept us company until big sister woke up.  Lydia woke up and the time came to open those presents.  We start with our stockings first of course. photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_9_zps63922cc1.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_10_zps800f8d1c.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_11_zps80ed94ec.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_12_zps8a2693cc.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_13_zpsdf6ca3d5.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_14_zps036c4b11.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_15_zps4b152cd4.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_16_zpsc67e3619.jpg

Lydia adores umbrellas.  Hazel thought it would be the perfect gift to give her!  🙂  Lydia was thrilled. photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_17_zps3a14d0e4.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_18_zps79f02ff9.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_19_zps710aef1a.jpg

Lydia was getting quite nervous as the present opening was coming to a close that Santa had forgotten her kite.  When finally, what was in that last present in the corner?!  Her kite. photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_20_zps66f7e771.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_21_zpsaaaa110c.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_22_zpsf74d0a53.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_23_zpsf0ee63f1.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_24_zps3f4b907d.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_25_zps8ff84ea5.jpg photo Dec252013_KaraSimmons_26_zpsf730d9f2.jpgA little karaoke on Lydia’s new cd player/karaoke machine to finish up our morning at our house.  Next up on our to do list on Christmas, brunch at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s house.


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