"They are right on time." :) I wasn't surprised to see them when we did as they have a history of respecting our decision on when they can make their Christmas morning appearance. I was out of bed quicker than Andrew as I had a casserole to put in the oven and other mom related preparations that need to be completed before we could proceed with our Christmas morning fun! While brushing my teeth, for example, I reminded myself to soak in the moment. Weeks of excitement and anticipation had led up to this moment. Stare at their faces, amp up their excitement and relish their joy. It's okay if I sound over dramatic because I'm talking about Christmas morning with four little Fleglets, right?
After taking several pictures, the children were allowed to look through their stockings. I sat back and watched as they enjoyed this moment together. Forrest was too distracted by a giant new tractor!
Oh, the fun that child is going to have with that tractor in our sandbox. Andrew pointed out that it can also be enjoyed in the snow. It hasn't left our family room yet, but I imagine that will happen sooner than later.
Christmas morning highlight video:
Breakfast was delicious. That was followed by a visit from my parents. They stopped by to see what the children received from Santa. I loved seeing them. The kids did too. After a well deserved nap, if I may be so bold, we made our way to Salt Lake to spend time with the Flegals.
(Driving to Nanna Teresa's...
You can tell which Fleglet had napped before we drove down to her house!)
Nanna was busy in the kitchen when we arrived. She prepared a glorious salmon and ham feast. Uncle Mike was in town from Georgia. The Jensens and Taylors were also there. We enjoyed our meal and then turned our attention to the nativity. The children dressed up and Aunt Sara read the narrative. My favorite moment, possibly of the entire day, was when Forrest agreed to dress up as a lamb for the play. He was so adorable. I could barely stand it. To my great happiness and delight, he continued to wear it after the play was over.
A video of the nativities can be seen here:
That night the kids had a sleepover with their cousins. Breakfast the next day was delicious. The whole stay at Nanna's was dreamy. We left feeling both spoiled and incredibly thankful to enjoy our family as much as we do.
Christmas really can be the best time of the year when our attention is centered on the Christ child. That love that binds Him to us is that same feeling that we ought to cultivate within our families and other relationships. I'm thankful for Him, for the plan of salvation that provides a way for this family of ours to be together eternally. Our journey isn't one of perfection. In fact, I've yelled at my kids a few times while typing these paragraphs of testimony... so there's that. As I was saying, our journey isn't one of perfection but I'm thankful every day that I get to travel it with my beloved family.