Monday, December 26, 2016

The Day After the Big Day

Whew, what a whirlwind. I went to bed exhausted..... a good exhausted, mind you.  This morning I took it slow. My throat is a bit sore and my nose a little snifflely. Had my coffee (thinking about having more!) and smoothie. Picked up a little bit, finished loading the dishwasher and put in a load of's a start in getting this house back in order. When you host the party, there's always a cleanup element later :)

It was a good day, our Christmas. I'll let the pictures tell the story.

Merry Christmas! 

Ellen is dressed in her Christmas tinsel and bows ready to see what Santa put in her stocking!

She's pleased!

This sweetie <3

The children participated in our church service. Precious!
We had an hour long service with a birthday cake for Jesus afterwards. Everyone took home an orange too.....that brought back so many good memories from my childhood. We often were given a huge orange on the Sunday before Christmas when I was a kid. 

After church we went home to eat leftovers and open gifts. Fun! (The gift part, that is - haha!)

Aidan and Zoe couldn't wait to give Ellen this gift....a yellow dress! Her favorite color.

Watching children open their gifts is delightful! 

Ellen is all set to travel.....she loves her pretty Vera Bradly bags :)

Noah took a nap before opening his and sister are delighted to help!

What is under the cover???

He's checking it out.....

It's a kitchen with lots of food and accessories. It even has a whole pizza and sushi with chopsticks!! So fun! 
(Christy found it on a yard sale site and was fortunate to get it!)

Daddy to the rescue in getting the dolly out of the box. 

Next it was clean up and last minute food prep for the big family dinner at our house. More about that next time!


Mildred said...

I enjoyed your photos very much. Looks like a wonderful time! I know your bed felt good last night! Hope your sniffles and sore throat won't get worse. Take care. Blessings to each of you in the new year. xoxo

Linda Eller said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures of the special day at your house and the young ones opening their gifts. It does make all the difference when they are there. Now I look forward to seeing the big meal and all that went with it.

Theresa said...

The smiles tell it all:) Love seeing your family enjoying their Christmas! Hope you feel better! BIG HUGS