Well... It's been a nice relaxing week. I didn't even really take any pictures We didn't do much so why break out the camera? Not to mention, my kids take my phone and run the battery down and the camera too! Thankfully, Kimber had some battery to get a couple pictures of Christmas day.
First of all, we did get to keep a couple Christmas Eve traditions. We were coming home from Bend after dark, but we had to stop at the Mickey Mouse House and give our friends the Aldreges a hug, pjs or not. I think Chad was the only one wearing Jammies.
Kimber and Ray got a couple movies, a date night, a picture I made, Buns of Steel from Chad, and a cd of the Hobbit sound track.
WE sent a box to McKay and Myles. Chad sent them an old BYU "man cave" light" and a Snow Day the movie. Hannah sent them bread pans. Kimber even made them stockings. They send stuff to all of us too. A picture (for John and I), fun bath things (for Lillian and Ben), socks (Hannah), finger-less gloves ( a big hit with Chad), and something for Kimber that I can't remember. Rats!
Chad got most things on his list. He is spoiled. John searched high and low and got a Game Cube and some old Mario games. He also got a belt. His pants won't fall off now and some party pants. I also found a Hottieboombalottie (a dumb movie he likes) and the new Batman movie for him.
Lillian got an American Doll (sort of) with some clothes, some shoes, and a sewing machine for kids with some sewing projects. She has already created some interesting outfits for her doll. She made these cute little pictures out of foam and Popsicle sticks for everyone. She did it all by herself - paid for it and created it. Sadly, her siblings weren't very nice about it. I'm pretty sure I've seen them in the trash already. I makes me sad that I haven't been successful at teaching my kids to be gracious receivers. sigh.
In all I think everyone got some stuff they wanted. They all seemed happy enough and content.
After presents were all open all the kids left and spent a couple hours at the Jessops. They got to say hi to Jon over Skype and play around. Meanwhile, John and I had a quiet morning at home. We had Snow in Monmouth, our traditional fruit salad, for Breakfast and enjoyed my new Jason Bourne movie on the family room tv. We don't often get to watch that TV. It is normally occupied by Chad's games or football, or one of the girls watching Netflix. We also started Chris mas Ham dinner. Eventually, they all came back and we had a quiet afternoon.
A Masterpiece of Law vs. Grace . You can read it for my full view of the movie. I have to say we ALL LOVED IT! I've seen it on stage (twice) and here in the movie. I love the story presented both ways... for different reasons. It is such a beautiful story! I'd love to see it over and over. I will definitely own this movie! I also finished my blog about Sweeney Todd, Attend the Tale . I love this show too. I saw it a couple months back and started a blog and never finished it. I think it took me all of Thursday to write those. LOL. At least Thursday was relaxing. Everyone else slept in until noon and laid around all day.
I went to Portland to my acupuncture lady on Friday. This time I had to void calcium for 24 hours. That meant I got out of washing dishes! I could like that... except no one else will do them and there was a HUGE pile later. Rats. Chad through a movie party into the wee hours of the night. Then he did his P90X. That kid really needs to sleep at normal times. it's hard on the rest of us that would like to sleep!
I spent my Saturday getting ready for Legally Blonde rehearsals and cleaning up Christmas. We even organised the attic. John cleaned the tool side of the garage. The kids helped a little, but they are taking full advantage of their vacation time. when do parents get vacation. Even on vacation parents work. Where is the justice in that?
Oh well... I'd say we've had a great week.