It was a great day.
Spending time with the kids. Talking with our families.
We even got to skype with grandma's and grandpa's and aunts and uncles today.
Being so far away from family seemed a little less far when we actually got to seem them today ... even if it was only by webcam.
It was such a good Christmas. I think, in part, because we were done so early and got to focus on something other than the presents.
Although the presents were pretty fun.
But, I really enjoyed watching everyone enjoy themselves. It really was magical. And I know I say this more and more, but I really enjoyed seeing Christmas through Katie's eyes. I know we won't have many more of these "young" Christmas experiences, so I really am trying to savor them.
I also wanted to say how grateful I am for all of our family and friends who really bless our lives. This is such a good time of year to reach out and let you know how much we love you and miss you.
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.
Here's a little peek at ours:
eek. It's Cookie Monster. Oh wait. Just Becky!
Josh got a skateboard. We are preparing ourselves for the inevitable ER visit. Cross your fingers.
Joe really wanted roller blades.
Emma got the coveted rip stick. I was so glad that the kids wanted outdoor things this year...of course, it's snowing right now, so it may be a while before they actually get to use them!
And of course, our teenager didn't want any gifts at all except for the all important iTouch. We had a lot of fun pretending that she wasn't actually getting this for Christmas.
And sweet Katie just wanted a doll. She got Sleeping Beauty and we found these matching dresses...so Katie and her doll could wear the same outfit.
Isn't it darling?
One of the cousins sent finger paint, so Troy was a good sport and painted with the girls.
What a sweet dad!