Friday, December 26, 2014
It's Christmas. I'm writing a blog post and it's Christmas!
This Christmas, we had one of the more mellow holidays than we've had in along time. But, it did start very early. Our early morning though, was for a very good cause....Uncle Elder Willie.
Willie's phone call was scheduled for 7:00 am so Ross and I got up at 5:00 to get ready. We woke the boys up at 6:00 am, let them glance at their Santa gifts for 15 minutes, and then got them dressed and headed out the door. We arrived at my mom's with minutes to spare and then got to talk to our best big iggy for about an hour.
He was so happy! I don't know if I've ever seen him so happy. He was smiling, and laughing, and being funny, which is just as we had hoped he would be. Hopefully, talking to us was as rewarding for him.
After we signed off (Until Mother's Day) we fixed a delicious breakfast. We decided to buy waffle dough from Waffle Love and had Liege waffles with all the fixin's, hash browns, bacon and a couple people ate eggs.
Then it was time. Time for presents. My mom said she was "cutting back" this year, but from the dozens and dozens of wrapped boxes, her version of cutting back is my Grandma Huber's version of cutting back, which really isn't cutting back at all. We opened a whirlwind of presents and then, as the exhaustion of the early morning set in all the kids settled down, the adults started to fall asleep, and the cokes were poured.
Once we all felt ready, we headed out to my grandpa's house to visit with him, wish him a happy Christmas, and set up the food for the rest of the day. All 10 of us (willie wasn't there and James was working) stormed into my grandpas house like a Christmas tornado and I think he was happy to have us there. I've never been FIRST to his house on Christmas in my whole life, so it was fun to be there with him, watch him laugh at all our craziness, and get to hang out before the rush of people.
When it was time to head home, we did. Some people fell asleep in the car. Some people fell asleep at home. Some people never fell asleep but played video games and sat in the mess of all their holiday loot.
In the evening, my parents came over and we had shredded beef tacos and nachos and tamales made for us by a nice neighbor. We went to bed Christmas night with full hearts and full bellies. It was one of the better Christmases I've ever celebrated.