Christmas Eve, items to note:
*We found a great place for Christmas Eve bowling. Clean, non-smoking, 64 lanes (!), and not too far away. We learned that they are open 24 hours and if you go between midnight and 6am games are only $1. Tempting. ;)
*After bowling we ate lunch at Steak and Shake -- a pretty good substitute for Burgerville I have to say.
*We were able to stay connected with our friends in Oregon, also bowling & eating burgers, through instagram. I love that they took the traditional group photo in front of the bowling lockers and included us too! Look closely HERE
*I made an emergency trip to Target (I don't ever shop on Christmas Eve). I had asked Payton, "so what do you think will be in the one present we open tonight?" I said this in jest, because the present is always pajamas. His reply, "I really hope it's the one-piece zipper pajamas that cover my whole body. Oh that would be so warm and cozy!" Crap. I went to 2 different Targets and I found one last pair in a size small -- he really needed a size medium, but for $6 clearance it was gonna have to work. Anyway, I had a back-up pair of pajamas on deck.
*Anna did a peg people nativity project with Grammer Valerie.
For Payton's nativity, he was only interested in painting Joseph. Poor Joseph, all alone.
*Our Christmas Eve dinner: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, bacon-wrapped green bean bundles, jell-o pretzel salad, martinelli's sparkling apple cider. I like to make a big Christmas Eve dinner so I don't have to do any cooking on Christmas Day.
*I set 2 Christmas poppers at each place setting. And throughout the meal we opened them and read the jokes & trivia inside. What kind of pants does a cloud wear? Thunderwear!
*At dinner we somehow got onto the topic of muscles. Conner asked, "do you want to see my muscles?" And in one second flat his shirt was off! Whoa, boy!
*Other activities: tracking Santa on Norad, drinking reindeer milk, sprinkling oats + glitter on the front lawn to attract the reindeer, watching Mr. Kreuger's Christmas, opening one present (pajamas), playing with the chimes, setting out cookies for Santa and cheese for Santa Mouse.
Christmas Day, items to note:
*The kids came into our room at 6:30am on the dot.
*All 3 kids received a LEGO set and quickly retreated to their rooms after breakfast to assemble them.
*Conner, Payton, and Dennis got airsoft guns. Scott's empty Pepsi bottles became target practice out on the backyard gazebo. Note: the guns were a gift from Scott to the boys. I did not approve this purchase because I do not want pellets all over my yard! And in the pool! But, Scott bought some pellets that claim to be bio-degradable. We'll see.
*I made a scrapbook of Scott's childhood photos (birth to age 8) and gave it to him this Christmas. I think he was really touched by it. I used the Project Life Cobalt Kit to put things together which made it so easy! Also, many kudos go to Valerie because she had written dates/descriptions/names/locations on the back of almost all of his photos.
*I'm super excited about my new iphone case. Love it!
*After opening gifts we spent the rest of the day relaxing, eating/grazing over treats and leftover turkey, we watched Star Trek Nemesis, the kids played with their toys, I talked to my parents and most of my brothers, and that's about it!