The kids and I had a really nice Christmas this year.
Our routine isn’t the same as it was before the divorce, but we have all adapted.
This year I had time with the kids from 12 pm on Christmas Eve to 12 pm on Christmas day.
We started going to the movies on Christmas Eve a few years ago, and we were able to keep the tradition alive this year.
We wear pajamas and bring blankets and it’s something we look forward to all year long.
Everyone was in bed by 10 pm (well the younger three, anyway) and I was up until about midnight finishing up wrapping presents, but Stormie kept me company.
My parents came up to the house around 9:30 am and we had a nice breakfast together.
I randomly made monkey bread for breakfast a few years ago and the kids loved it, so that’s become a tradition.
I use the Pioneer Woman’s recipe. It’s super easy to make.
I gotta give my kids a lot of credit.
They were super patient and waited until after breakfast to open presents.
Reminder for next year – do not put Lindor chocolates in the stockings and then light a fire that morning.
Ingrid’s stocking was full of melted chocolate.
Everyone was very happy with their super-sized squishmallows.
Gretchen had a pair of Crocs on her Christmas list.
My parents got those for her.
Unbeknownst to me, my dad found an old mattress protector box in the basement and wrapped the crocs in some tissue paper and put them inside the box.
Gretchen unwrapped the box and showed it to me.
Oh... I said to her. A mattress protector? That’s… nice.
Gretchen said, “Thank you so much for the mattress protector Grammy and Papa!”
My dad started laughing and told her to open the box.
The Crocs were revealed. We had a good laugh.
I told my parents to take the box back home and use it again next year.
We’ll see if anyone remembers. 😂
If you read this post, you know what Marit had on her list:
The day before I overheard her talking to Gretchen…
I’m so excited for Christmas, Marit said. I really hope I get macaroons. 😂😂😂😂😂
She got the macaroons and she got the hat that she used to have.
She also got the seaweed she asked for.
She offered some to Papa.
Papa wasn’t so sure about the seaweed.
He tried it….
And he liked it!
He asked for more!
Maybe Santa will bring Papa some seaweed next year. 😋
Stormie didn’t quite know what to make of all the commotion,
but she was happy that Santa brought her a little something also.
We had a nice, simple Christmas.
Gretchen said, “That was just the perfect amount of presents. Not too much, but not too little.”
After everyone left, I spent the afternoon on the couch, napping, eating leftovers & ramen noodles and watching a Law&Order SVU marathon.
Honestly, it was a pretty perfect day.
I hope yours was, too.
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