Ready for Santa!
By Christmas Eve we had already had our first Christmas celebration with my family in New York and had headed home to make sure the big guy didn't forget us. The kids had a great time at Grandma & Grandpa's and were sad to leave so quick, but there was also much excitement about Santa's arrival. Before we left and all the way home, we used NORAD to track Santa's progress, turning "Are we there yet?" into "Where is Santa now?" A welcome change!
On our way home, the Tumbleweed reminded us that we had to put out cookies, chocolate milk, and carrots ["for the reindeer!"]. Of course, since we had been traveling so much I knew we didn't have carrots so we made an emergency stop half way home at Walmart before all the stores closed for the night. It was a good thing I did, because she didn't forget and counted out 9 carrots - one for each reindeer - to put out with the cookies she had made before we left and chocolate milk she and the Eagle mixed up "just the way Santa likes it".
Tired from the long day, the pictures of the kids in their cute jammies were not to be had, and neither were the pictures of "Twas the Night before Christmas" (read by Grandma via a special new recordable book).
Once the children were nestled all snug in their beds, the "prep & landing elves" went to work taking the toys out of their packages, putting batteries in, and "testing" everything to make sure they worked. Finally, about 4 hours later with numerous papercuts and broken nails, we went to bed.
6 months ago