Wednesday, December 24, 2014

'Twas the Night Before Christmas (and a few days before)!

Mimi was my hero and got up with the boys Monday 4:45am!  Ouch!  It was a combo of the one-hour time change (always causes our boys more of a problem than it seems it should) and them sleeping in the same room.  The Buerstattes coming over to hang out was the first order of business!!!  We played at the house for a while and then headed over to Big Herms for lunch :)  In the afternoon we headed out to Cary to see Auntie Abbey and Uncle Dan's new house!!!  Auntie Dale, Auntie Kelly, Ryleigh and Brooklyn came too, so we had a great time visiting and eating dinner (as always!)!

We knew the weather was only going to get colder while we were in town, so we took advantage of the sunny morning yesterday to do a little geocaching.  It was chilly, but nice to get some fresh air!  For dinner we went to Hackneys to hear the carolers--high school singers dress in traditional wassail clothing and travel throughout the restaurant singing Christmas songs.  They are SO fun to watch, especially for the boys!
 Bampa and Jackson enjoying some treats  :)
 This was taken at lunch.  Graham barely ate yesterday or today, and he was running a fever by bedtime.  Poor little guy :(
 Christmas Eve dinner for Jackson and Graham while watching "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"  I made egg nog last night, so we could leave some for Santa, and the boys helped me make Choc-Oat Chip Cookies to go with it this morning :)  After the boys went to bed, we grown-ups had delicious turkey, salami, mac-n-cheese, cinnamon jell-o, sweet potato casserole, homemade biscuits and green beans.  Lemon bars and Oreo Truffle Brownies for dessert :)
 Graham perked up after a bath and in time for presents :)
 It's been a tradition to open the presents from Karol and Brad on Christmas Eve, so that's what we have continued doing!  The boys also opened their presents from our cousins in California on Dad's side :)
 This was such a cool Lego set!  The back of the truck opens to hold a Lego race car, and there are a few minifigs to make up a pit crew, complete with tools!
 Our personal entertainer :)
 New racers!
 A pro at unwrapping!
 More Legos!
 A gift from Amazon!
Trying out his brother's 3-D glasses!
We had a fun evening opening a few presents ourselves and getting ready for the morning...!

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