Monday, December 30, 2013

Four Christmases {2013}

Christmas for us this year included four celebrations.  They were as close to perfect as you can get.  Lots of family, snow, and traditions... 

The first one was at my Aunts on the Saturday before Christmas, so the night before, after Adam got home from work, we headed back to my hometown to stay with my parents.  We had gotten a bunch of yucky weather the week before, but the drive ended up not being too bad.  The kids were spoiled and the grab bag game for us adults was comical {as usual}.  We spent the rest of that day hanging out with my family, playing games and preparing for Christmas with my family the next day. 

Sunday morning we woke up to another fresh layer of snow.  The rest of the morning was filled with breakfast, the opening of {way too many} presents, and playing with new toys—mainly the air compressors the boys received and the Burley bike trailer that needed assembled.  I’ll share a few of my favorite toys that the kids’ received soon.  That night we enjoyed a nice steak dinner prepared by my parents and finished the night with Sequence, Dominos, and drinks. 

Adam took Monday off so we could drive directly to the lakehouse.  Thank God for lake neighbors who plowed our nearly 6-8” of snow so we could get up the drive.  We unpacked and got settled for the next few days before heading into my in-laws house for the evening.  That night we stuffed ourselves with our ‘Hubbard Annual Christmas Feast’ of steak, crab legs, lobster tails and shrimp.  It’s a tradition I look forward to most each Christmas.  The boys go outside and cook all of the meat while us girls set the table and prepare the side dishes.  The twice-baked potatoes were a hit this year {I’ll try to share the recipe soon}.  That night all of the grandkids, except Cullyn, slept in front of the Christmas Tree with Grandma Joy like they do each year. 

Tuesday, Christmas Eve, we went back into Adam’s parents house for Christmas with them.  We had breakfast, took turns opening all of the gifts, and exchanged adult grab bag gifts for nearly four hours that morning.  Then we each made different appetizers and snack food to munch on for the afternoon.  After that, it was naps for 10 of the 15 of us before we headed home to prepare for Christmas Eve Church Service where both of our children behaved astonishingly well!  {now that, was a Christmas miracle!} :)  We walked out of church to see more big, beautiful snowflakes falling.  It was truly magical, all of the snow we got over Christmas this year.  We had an impromptu gettogether at the lakehouse with some of Adam’s family.  The kids opened their Christmas packages—of jammies, cocoa, popcorn, and a new Christmas movie and book—from the elves.  Then the kids played with new toys, specifically Jordyn’s new tent set, and us adults played a game of Cribbage with a glass of wine in front of the fireplace before setting out cookies and milk for the big guy and getting to bed for a few hours of sleep.

Christmas morning was magical – even being up multiple times throughout the night with Cullyn and Jordyn learning to climb out of her bed and greet us naked!  We had tons of snow, Adam got the fireplace roaring, the Christmas music was going, breakfast was in the oven and we were sipping mimosas.  Jordyn went directly for her new Balance Bike from Santa and then sat right down in Cullyn’s new mini leather chair!  We took our time opening and playing with each gift for a bit.  Cullyn was completely content eating wrapping paper.  Grandma Joy and Grandpa Dean came out and enjoyed breakfast with us, watched the kids open their stockings, and Jordyn start baking a Birthday Cake for Baby Jesus.  

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