Christmas Eve…

And just like that it was Christmas Eve!  Where did December go?  We slept in after a late arrival back in Des Moines from NYC.  We sipped coffee and cleaned up a bit before I headed to the store for a few fresh things I couldn’t stock up on before we left.  Marty and Dale aka Nana and Papa, Scott’s parents, drove down and arrived around noon.  The kiddos were so excited to see them.  We had potato soup, salad and bread for lunch and let the kids open a gift and then had them nap knowing they were worn out from travel the day before.  We hung out and relaxed which was marvelous…
Then when the kiddos woke up, we skyped the Australia Malin’s and then quickly got ready for church.  Solon has been really into hats…my mini Bruno Mars.  We had a lovely church service with carols and gospel message that ended with a candlelit silent night…my favorite Christmas memory despite Solon nearly starting my hair on fire.

The kiddos were dying to get their hands on the goods (you can tell Nana and Papa showed up my tree instantly got smaller with all those presents surrounding it).  I quickly plated some appetizers and we ate while the kids unwrapped their gifts.  I always get them coordinated pajamas…finding matching is hard with a boy and a girl but my mom did it with us (still does actually) so it is a fun tradition!

Before bed we read “The Night Before Christmas” and laid out chocolate chip cookies (remember Santa said those were his favorite), some milk and of course a carrot for Rudolph and then got into their Christmas jammies and headed to bed! 
It was a perfect, quiet and fun Christmas eve at home.  I am so thankful we could celebrate with family in our new home.  And thankful to celebrate the birth of a tiny baby who came to the world to change your and my destiny — the best gift of all!

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