We had a lovely Christmas, and I hope you all did too! Although we missed being with family this year, it was also really, really nice not to have to travel, especially since we were all just sick. We needed a vacation where we just stayed home!
Bob and I stayed up way too late Wednesday night finishing up the wrapping and food preparation, and trying to get the main floor clean. And it was clean--for one night at least. My little Christmas miracle!
But our kids aren't the early rising type (whew!). The girls got up at 8:00, and I got up a little later so I could start breakfast cooking and shower before nursing Verity (she's not an early riser either--yay!).
Actually the system did work pretty well. With this many people, and still so many young ones, there's really no great way for calm, orderly present-opening that doesn't take an entire day. I like what my friend Carri, who also has 10 kids, does: each kid distributes their presents to their siblings on one day (as in one kid per day), so the focus is more on giving than on receiving. Maybe next year! Probably the thing I enjoy most about exchanging presents is seeing what the kids choose to get their siblings. They all love to get gifts for everyone else! It was so helpful to have Nathan driving this year, so he could ferry some of the kids around.
I actually received my favorite gift last Friday--a new dishwasher! Yes, it *finally* made its way to Lowes while we were at Great Wolf Lodge, so Bob picked it up Friday afternoon after work. He stayed up super late Friday night to install it. I'm so thankful to be married to such a handy guy! *He* is actually my favorite gift--this year and every year! The dishwasher, a KitchenAid this time, is working well so far. Give it a few months of our heavy use though . . . I definitely do not miss washing all those dishes by hand. A wonderful Christmas gift indeed!
Merry Christmas! May you all be able to find places in your house for all the gifts you unwrapped!