First a few festive pictures of the kids and then on to the events of our Christmas Eve:
The "tree at night" picture (I like how it turned out) =)
These ones were just fun festive ones that I did to test out some new photographic knowledge. I love them!
Caleb, the Clown
Keenan, the Confident
Moriah, The Sweet
Christmas Eve morning started with a table full of candles in the dark...
...and a candlelit waffle breakfast before Daddy went in to do rounds
White chocolate peppermint popcorn for snack
...with hot chocolate
We decided to have our big Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, so I wouldn't have to spend time in the kitchen on Christmas day. Since I had made the cheesy potatoes and green bean casserole the day before, there really wasn't much work to do for dinner, except taking the turkey out of the brine and roasting it. We decided to set a pretty table, even though we weren't having any guests.
Moriah helping set the table
Caleb reaching up to get the special Polar Express bell down
We can still hear it ring! =)
The other half of the turkey team
The table all ready
Yummy dinner and sparkling grape juice
Ready to eat!
Caleb "hugging" his plate after he realized he got to eat off of china =)
Impromptu family picture after dinner
Pile on Daddy!
A special gift from Melissa!
Leather cuff bracelet with three interchangeable accessories
We all made lists for each other of what we love or appreciate about each other... it was really special to share and read them
I had a friend make rice bags (to heat up and keep your bed warm) for the kids, so they got to have them on Christmas Eve...
...before they bedded down by the Christmas tree
(They were so excited to get to do this that they put themselves to bed shortly after 7!) It took about an hour and a half for everyone to fall asleep though... =)