We had a wonderful holiday and hope that you and your family did as well!
|Merry Christmas from my family to yours!|
On Christmas Eve we were able to have lunch and spend some time with family. Later in the afternoon we headed to our church for the Christmas Eve service- it was a beautiful service and we all enjoyed the candle light portion where we sing "Silent Night". We were able to have a relaxing night at home just the five of us. We opened gifts from each other and watched a Christmas movie. Then we decided to go drive through the Rotary Lights one more time. When we got home it was time to sprinkle the Reindeer Food on the front lawn and head to bed.
Christmas morning the older two boys were up pretty early but had to wait for "little man" to get up. They didn't have to wait long. He was so excited to see what Santa had left for him! It was so much fun watching them open their gifts and seeing their reactions. Little man "loved" everything and he was so much fun this year! They were all very happy with the gifts that they received. We were all very blessed this year by the gifts from friends and family.
Once the gifts were all opened and the boys were content playing with everything Tim and I were able to fit in the Christmas Virtual 5K hosted by Kiley at Daily Vitamin F.
It felt great to get out and run even if it was only 10 degrees (probably less with windchill). We bundled up and headed out. There were spots that were still snow-covered from the storm last week. Sidewalks were a little tricky in spots but it was wonderful to be able to get out there during this crazy, busy time to take time for us. In the past we have done the holiday virtual 5k races as a family but this time we weren't able to pull the boys away from their new toys and the weather was very different from the other times we have done it. As we were running we commented about how different it was from just a month ago when we ran the Thanksgiving Day Virtual 5k and Tim was able to wear shorts. We got it done and we were pretty happy with a time of 29:08 considering the conditions of the sidewalks and how cold it was.
Once we were home and had our picture taken to submit our time it was time to pack up and head back to Iowa for another family Christmas. We had a great time seeing Tim's family and celebrating with them.We had great food (probably way too much) and great fellowship. We were all blessed with wonderful gifts and enjoyed seeing the reactions to the gifts we gave as well!
It is hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone for another year. It always seems like it is so much work and then done in a flash. This year it felt like things were less rushed and we were able to take time to enjoy everyone but it is still hard to believe that it is already done. It is a wonderful time of year and we feel so blessed to have had this time together!