Thursday, January 5, 2012

Christmas Eve 2011

I feel like December just flew by. I was so busy working on Christmas decor projects, shopping, getting our cards sent out, and baking treats that when I stopped for a breath it was already Christmas Eve.

Of course, true to my family tradition I went out and did a bit more shopping on Christmas Eve morning, but I was home in time for a warm fire, cookie baking with Riley, magic reindeer food, and some playtime outside.

Every year our cookies look a little nicer. We made sugar cookie cutouts and liberally decorated them with the easy frost icing (a genius invention), sprinkles and glitter.

Of course Riley had to taste test them to make sure they were good enough for Santa. I asked her what she thought and she said, "Pretty good, don't you think?"

This year we had an extra helper on quality control duty!

While a yummy dinner of chicken tortilla soup was bubbling on the stove we bundled the kids up and went outside to burn some extra energy.

They got right to work and chased after balls.

Took a swing.

And tried to score goals on TG.

We came in just as it got dark so she could throw out the magic reindeer food (while her Mommy took pictures with a camera she forgot to preset again.)

While Camden, who is still a bit young for the concept of reindeer read a Santa book with his Gigi and Daddy.

Before we knew it, it was time to put their Christmas jammies on. Riley raced up the stairs because she was ready to go to sleep so Santa could come.

After Camden was in bed she and I sang Christmas carols back and forth instead of her usual lullaby. It was only a few minutes before she was sound asleep and the loading of presents under the tree and last minute wrapping of gifts began!  TG and I had done most of our work beforehand so we were happily snuggled on the couch, watching a movie by 9:00.  It was the perfect Christmas Eve.

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