every year feels like its the very best and can't ever be topped. this year was no exception! the kids said multiple times, "this is the best christmas ever!"
the kids knew they weren't allowed to make any noise or wake us up until 7:30 and they did surprisingly well! usually they are coming in repeatedly to use our bathroom or tell us they love us or little things like that just so they can sneak a peak around the living room. but they stayed put until 7:30 this year. i guess they are growing up!
we searched for stockings, opened gifts, ate breakfast, got dinner cooking, played with toys, played games, ate dinner, watched despicable me 3, then the elders came over to play some games for an hour, followed by calls to the grandparents. it was a very calm day with smiles and hugs all around. it was perfect!
jack's wishlist was simple:
new rollerblades and soccer cleats because he'd outgrown both.
ellie's was simple too:
new rollerblades because she outgrew hers and art supplies
charlie's was a little longer, but pretty easy like the others:
a robe and slippers
ellie saved up some allowance money to buy gifts for everyone. she planned out what she wanted to buy for about a week and then we went shopping at target. she picked out a slither.io toy for chuck, the book A Wrinkle in Time for jackie (because he saw the movie preview and said he thought it looked interesting), a toy hamster for o-bo, a bag of lindt chocolate toffee bits for dad, and a framed picture she drew for me. it was so sweet to see her set a budget, plan, and then give her gifts. it meant a lot to everyone. maybe next year the big boys will set some allowance aside to do the same.
not pictured, but very special was a blown up picture of the kids given to me from chris and the kiddos. we've framed it and put it in my room. i love it.
charlie has basically worn his robe and slippers with nothing but undies for about 3 days solid now. he really likes his soft robe, especially against his bare skin. i found it and the slippers on a major sale at target, which makes me like them too :)
daddy finally broke down and bought a sous vide to be like his brothers :) those brower boys sure know how to cook!
poor ellie gets the driest skin in the winter. her hands get so bad that her teacher brings her lotion through out the day to keep her hands from cracking. now she's stocked up on lotions and has a bottle to take to school too.
owen loves to paint. about a month ago he started painting rocks and said they were for jack ellie and charlie. so each day he would add a little more to the rocks and then he gave them to the kids on christmas.
he even made and wrapped one for himself :)
while the kids either rollerbladed, shot mom and dad with a nerf gun, or luxuriated in their robe, chris and i got breakfast on the table:
brower family traditional sticky buns!
not sure if it was the new pan we tried them in or what, but these were the best we've ever had... and thats saying something.
after rounds of codenames and clue, chris got a tri tip cooking sous vide and i got some beans going in the crockpot. we decided to have a "feliz navidad fiesta" for our dinner.
holy guacamole it was delicious!
before we even sat down for dinner owen had probably eaten a whole avocado on his own. he sure loves guacamole! and he seems to be going through a growth spurt because starting on christmas eve he just can't seem to ever get full. he's typically a snacker rather than a sit down and eat a meal type of kid, but the past few days he's been both.
and just because its fun to see kids on christmas morning, here is a video with a couple highlights!
it's been super cold, but that hasn't kept the kids from going out to rollerblade and play soccer!