I'm not who I was.
Christmas celebration week has officially come to a close.
We started off our little family celebration a few days early with pancakes & cheesy eggs for breakfast.
J’s favorite gift from us was this bow & arrow set. She has been creating her own obstacle course to shoot around. All while providing her own theme music, of course.
J was also very excited about the various American Girl videos that she received. (They were on sale for $5 each when I purchased them). I entitle this picture: “Tell Us How You Really Feel”.
Over the course of birthdays and Christmases, J received DVDs of Samantha (christmas edition), Molly, Felicity, Kit & McKenna. The last 3 are my faves. They all teach good lessons. After watching Felicity we got a good half-day of excessively good and unprompted manners out of J. We may have to view that one more often. 😉
Cheeks really liked his V-tech letter thingy & his Thomas Spin toothbrush, and of course any and all things trucks and underwear. Really both kids genuinely enjoyed everything they received, which always makes a parents’ heart smile.
On to Giz & Poppa’s house! Traditionally at their house, all gifts are opened on Christmas Eve. Each year I’m never entirely sure how we fit 13 people in the room with all of these gifts. It involved several people stepping outside to get some fresh air on a few occasions, as is par for the course. But it’s oh so worth it.
Cheeks couldn’t let sis get all of the attention 🙂Every holiday we take approximately 193, 274.5 family pictures. Individual families, the families with the grandparents, the girls, the siblings, etc… sometimes it feels as though we are trying to outdo Sonic on the number of possible flavor combinations. (It is also inevitable that every Christmas Eve I will have uncooperative hair for said pictures.) Out of about 20 pics of our family alone, this is the best we could do.
If you recall the aforementioned love of trucks and undies that Cheeks has… yup. He is driving his undies around in his dump truck. As long he isn’t reversing that and dumping in his undies, we are all happy campers. 🙂
The following picture is entitled “Again, tell us how you REALLY feel.”
Mom & Dad have yet to
drop the big bucks bless J with an American Girl doll. Last year Giz & Poppa came through for J. This year it was her Aunt & Uncle. Her joy was contagious.
This pic could also be entitled “The Winner”. This is the gift she had her heart set on.
Someone please explain to my why McKenna & Kaya get the big comfy chair???
Of all of the memories of fun and successful gifting, my favorite probably has to be the other morning when J climbed into our bed and red us the Christmas story from the Jesus Storybook Bible. I could have stayed snuggled under those covers forever.
I was really ok with just having my gift be the kitchen remodeling. But the Rev did still gift me with a few things, some of my favorites being colorful Uniball Signo pens & this e-book:
You may remember the author from her videos on a previous post. I wish that every doctor of most any kind would read this book. (And lay-people too!) Although everyone’s experience with narcolepsy is different, this book is very helpful in conveying the realities of what narcolepsy is to a misinformed population. There were some things that weren’t “me”, but there was so much more that I could relate to. With limited resources on the subject, that was refreshing.
I had considered expanding this post into how I really feel at any given moment about dealing with narcolepsy, however I’m going to try to get better about not combining what should be several blog posts into one. So you’ll have to stay tuned for part 2.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!