Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Morn and the Loot Tally

Our Christmas Morning was a very nice one, and probably much like everyone else in America. Food, presents, pajamas.

It started with the boys starting a fire for us. My brother had brought us a truckload of wood from the farm last week, which we are very thankful for. It sure pays to have a farm and helpful family members nearby. Especially the ones with trucks and tools.

I started breakfast and while that was underway, the kids and Jeremy opened their stockings. 

Biscuits and gravy, the world's most delicious breakfast if made properly. So delicious and high calorie that I only make it once a year...on Christmas morning. If I were a thinner lady I might make it once a week. I know gravy seems like a hard concept, but it's really pretty easy if you're patient enough. Plus I have a secret ingredient...corn starch. 

Tessa approved. Yes everyone took a stocking break to eat breakfast and coffee. That's how we roll. It keeps parental grumpies at bay. 

Then the gift explosion began!

I got a bird feeder, some perfume and assorted housewares. It's an exciting life I live, I know. But it's all stuff I wanted! Plus (if they ever get off of backorder) new couches are coming our way! Sadly, they didn't make it by Christmas. But Jeremy negotiated a major discount on Jeremy's new big boy mattress given their shotty customer service. 

Tessa opening her new cross necklace from Mom-mom and Pop, Jessie and Carrie. She really likes it.

Her first ever pair of tie shoes. The kindergarteners are supposed to be able to tie their own shoes by the end of the year, so I guess it was high time we bought some! 

Obi-Won KaCharley

After it was all open, Tessa asked to rest by the fire and watch a movie which we did. She sat there for a LONG time even though she was really hot. I think she was feeling pretty zen. 

This is Jeremy's present from me. It's a wrapped canvas photo of our own grapes, with John 15:5 adhered to it. Which goes... “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing"

Tessa already had this baby and Mamaw bought her some new awesome outfits. 

Star Wars board books!
The big item Charley had asked for over and over was a Buzz Lightyear. So glad that Aunt Carrie made it happen, otherwise we might have had some disappointment. 

My friend Lori crocheted these Angry Birds. They're pretty awesome because the kids can throw them around the house and not hurt anything. Plus their handmade. I love them! 

Mamaw got Charley "Hunter Dan". He has a rifle, deer stand and all the cammo wear he needs to go hunting. Compared to the Bieber looking Ken doll I had gotten Tessa, I think Barbie can tell who the real man is here. 

Part of my gift was also a couple of easy organizing thing I had commissioned Jeremy to do around the house. Like some shelves and racks in the kitchen and a hanging shoe organizer on the back of the coat closet door for gloves and such.

Now THIS is the stuff I really dig.

So we are swimming in new stuff and very blessed, with lots of thing to keep us playing through the winter. It was a great Christmas for all!

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