Our Christmas celebrations started on Christmas Eve. We went to the evening service at church which started at 6:30. It's a tradition that the last song (Silent Night) is sung by candle light. Everyone gets a candle and the lights are turned off and the flame is passed from one person to another starting with the Christ candle. We decided this year that the girls could each hold a candle. Ginny did fine (surprisingly), but Jorja had a bit of a mishap. She was getting into things and decided to hold the candle above her head. The only problem with that was that she didn't keep it very level and dripped hot wax onto her head. Ouch! It wasn't a very silent night after that, but we made it through and combed some wax out of her hair when we got home.
We then opened presents Christmas eve when we got home from church. (Except for CeCe - she had had enough and was ready for bed) The girls were pretty excited and had a lot of fun. We got them a doll house this year. It's funny, one doesn't realize the scale of a doll house when it is set up in Toys R Us. It didn't look that big, but once it was home and set up, it is a real presence in the room. Oh well, it will only be around for a few more years, and the shade of hot pink looks great in the family room.
|Jorja and Ginny in their new PJs opening presents|
|CeCe in front of the aftermath|
On boxing day, we set out for Julie's parent's place where we feasted that evening. We had another Christmas and the girls had fun again. CeCe wasn't too into the presents yet this year, but she did have fun with a bow for a while. The weather there was nice, and we went sledding in some hills in the field. This was considerably bigger than the school hill, and I think the adults had more fun than the kids. The girls had fun playing with their aunt and uncle and Nanny and Poppa. They also got to spend some time with both great-grannies, so that was nice.
Jorja must have been hearing some politically correct greeting this year, because one afternoon out of the blue she said to me, "Seasons ingredients!" I smiled and said "Seasons ingredients" back to her. (Yes, I did correct her after a while.) Another afternoon she was helping Poppa in his office punching some holes in some papers. She proudly came up afterward and declared she was his 'secondtary'. So close on both occasions.
We came home on the 29th, and now it seems like the crunch is really on. Julie goes back to work on Monday, the girls start at the sitter full time and Jorja goes back to school. I'm back at work too. It seems like this January back-to-work date for Julie has just sort of been looming in the distance, but now it's here and there seems like there is so much to do. We went on a big shopping excursion yesterday to buy all the supplies for the sitter - diapers, wipes, zinc cream. Plus we needed all that stuff for ourselves. Julie needed some new shoes and uniforms for work, so we got that taken care of as well. It was rather draining by the time we were done - physically, mentally and financially. But we're getting there.
Now we are having some friends over tonight, my parents tomorrow for one last Christmas and then it's back to reality. Have a good New Year's and try to stay warm. Later.