Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Day Goodness

Emma's Santa gift. 
Grace's Santa gift. 
Something you want. 
Something you need. 
Something you hope for. 
Something to read.
Ready to head to Rhode Island for Christmas dinner!
Grace and the guys building Legos. 
Thanks Gramma and Grandpa!
 The girls watching as Grandpa plays darts. 

From start to finish it was a truly glorious Christmas!  We all slept in, with Dave and I getting up before the girls and the last one rolling out of bed around 8:00am.  Stockings were opened, presents given, dreams became reality and lots of love, smiles and joy was shared.  Breakfast and Emmett Otter's Jug band Christmas rounded out our morning, then it was time to get ready and head to Rhode Island for Christmas with the New England portion of our family.  Gifts were exchanged, stories were shared and a delicious dinner was enjoyed (kudos to the chef).  There were a couple of rousing games of darts (with me surprising myself and everyone else with how well I managed to play) and dessert and then it was time to head home.   

Part of what Amanda said in her post today summed up so beautifully how I have been feeling over the course of the last week or so.  Except, of course, instead of seven of us loving, learning, living and growing together in this one space we number four: 

"It's been a week full of so much goodness. From loud and boisterous celebratory fun with extended family to quieter moments of ritual and togetherness at home. It's bliss, really, all this extra special celebrating and magic on the canvas of the everyday struggle, mess and chaotic joy of seven people loving, learning, growing and living together in one space." -Amanda Soule

May the magic of this special time be present for a while longer and may the final few days of 2012 be some of your best yet!


  1. What a wonderful Christmas! Emmett Otter is one of myh favorites :)
    Happy weekend!

    1. I was so happy to find that one on DVD! And even more happy that the girls love it as much as I did when I was a kid!

  2. What a beautiful tree you have! It sounds like this season treated everyone in your family well. Especially the part about sleeping in! I look forward to that one day.

    1. Thanks! Though I have to admit that I am totally taken with the sun tree topper you shared in Rhythm of the Home! We made one out of construction paper and just fell in love! We switched it out for the angel on Christmas and the very next day it was requested to be switched back to the sun (and is still up!). We'll be making a felt one for next year!

  3. Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas is my FAVORITE! I found a copy on Freecycle a few years ago & I was *so* excited!
    I'm glad to see you had such a nice Christmas, and I hope all this goodness stretches all the way through the next year for you & your family! xo