The day was filled with the usual flurry of last minute present-wrapping, and that evening we drove down to see our friends the Yohos. They were in a pageant at their church and 4 of 6 Yohos were involved in the production. It was great to see the entire Yoho/Milne family (our family away from family) and the pageant was so cute. Great job to Abigail for saying her lines perfectly and for Elizabeth for being one entertaining angel. And of course, congrats to the co-director (Lacey) for helping to put on such a great show. We headed back to Ryan and Lacey's for some food and fellowship after the pageant and had a good time visiting with them. Thankfully, Kate fell asleep there and did a great job on the 45 min drive home (around midnight!) and again, fell asleep when we got back home.
Christmas morning we got up, got ready, and opened the presents. Having a 16 mo old certainly makes things interesting...for one, when she realized the gate was coming down around the tree, she was frantic to get her hands on any exposed branch. So the presents were removed, sorted, (while Daddy kept a firm hold on the baby) and the gate reinstalled. A Luminati tradition is to open gifts in a particular order, and the gifts from Gram and Pops had come numbered, but an inquisitive and mobile toddler made gift opening more haphazard than in years past. One parent usually had to corral Kate while the other opened a gift. It was definitely not boring--and certainly quite memorable. Jon read the Christmas story and Kate was very attentive--it was fun to see. After that, Kate kept going from present stack to present stack, first climbing on them, then stepping on wrapping paper and falling down, next trying to get at the tree, then attempting to grab whatever gift was breakable and not out of reach...what a sight. After we opened everything, we sat down to our traditional breakfast burritos and everyone really enjoyed that. Whew! Kate was finally contained and not by one of us. :) Not long after that it was naptime, and she fell right to sleep.
That evening, we were visited by our friends the Gormleys (neighbors from down the street) and then Courtney and Landen Waider came over for some french bread pizzas and a movie. The kids had a great time playing with new toys, chasing each other around, and eating. It was so relaxing to watch our movie together after the tiring day--thanks to the Waiders for joining us and we missed Rob, who is currently deployed.
Friday evening Jon found some Christmas lights for us to go look at, so we hopped in the car for dinner first (revisit of the "Breakfast on the Mountain") at IHOP. By the end of the meal, neither Jen nor Jon was feeling that great, but we toured the lights anyway. It was fun--Kate kept pointing at the lights and chattering about everything. After we got home, our relaxing evening turned into a late-night get sick fest--starring Jon and Jen. Ugh. That was terrible. Thankfully, Kate did not get sick, and Jon and Jen feebly took shifts watching Kate through the bleak Saturday that followed. Sunday found Jen and Jon feeling better, though not fully recovered, so we just took it easy and tried to reintroduce our stomachs to food. What a great way to end Christmas! Ahhh well. We missed our family but were so happy to have some time to ourselves and enjoy each other during the slower week. We hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!
P.S. Thanks to Aunt JoAnn and Uncle Al (the kiddie's pal) for the fun Christmas outfit. We call her pants the Dr. Seuss pants. :)