We’re just about ready for Christmas over here. Well, as ready as we can be. I still seem to be lacking the Christmas spirit at the moment. It could have something to do with the fact it looks like we’re going to have a green Christmas this year. Now, I’m not complaining about the lack of snow, but it just doesn’t seem like it’s only a few days until Christmas. Baked cookies for Santa yesterday, so that helped a little. We did get all of our Christmas shopping finished on Wednesday(I think), and I got all but one gift wrapped last night after the kids were in bed.
On December 10, we had Christmas with my dad and stepmom after my niece’s birthday party. They live about three hours away, so we only see them a handful of times a year. It was nice to spend some time with them. The kids both got gift cards to Toys R Us, I got ones to Michaels and Barnes & Noble(yea for yarn & books!), and Cory got some for Home Depot and Sears. And of course the candy and orange that would have been in our stocking when we were younger.
On the fourteenth, we had a Christmas Party at the fire station for the kids/grandkids of the firefighters. Hayleigh was all excited about Santa being there. Until he actually showed up. Then, she was hiding behind our chairs/under the table instead of going up to sit with the rest of the kids to wait for her turn to get her present from him. The only way she would go up when it was her turn was if Cory carried her. Nathaniel, on the other hand, acted like he could not wait to go up. And he was fine until Cory actually set him on Santa’s lap. It probably did not help that he had not taken a nap that afternoon and it was just about bedtime. They were both fine once we got back to the table with their presents though. And we did finally get pictures with Santa. Hayleigh got a Disney Princess tea set and Nathaniel got a little stuffed Tigger. We thought that one might cause a war in the house since Hayleigh has always had at least one Tigger around, but we put an N on the bottom of the foot and so far it’s been fine.
This past Tuesday, Hayleigh had her Christmas celebration at school. One family member was allowed to attend to decorate cookies, ornaments, and listen to songs sung by the kids. Since my mom missed the grandparents celebration earlier in the year due to Hayleigh being sick that day, we asked her if she wanted to go. And Hayleigh was so excited about Grandma going to school with her. Thankfully, this time she did not get sick. Apparently there was an incident though and Hayleigh had to go to the nurse’s office because she got poked in the eye by one of the kids’ folders. And she has treated us to a song several times since then.
Wednesday was her last day of school before Christmas vacation, and she got to wear her pajamas to school for a “Polar Express Day”. When I first told her she would get to wear her pajamas, she was all upset. “You don’t wear pajamas to school. You wear clothes to school.” They also had the class gift exchange that day. Hayleigh got a Hello Kitty lip gloss set with purse. And when she got home, she put all four colors of lip gloss(or lip polish, as she calls it) on her lips at once.
Hayleigh woke up early this morning and told us her ear hurt. She camped out for the rest of the night on the living room floor with Daddy. She’s still sleeping as of the time I’m typing this(6:30 a.m.). Hoping she’s feeling better when she wakes up because I know she did not request an ear infection from Santa. We’re going to be visiting Cory’s grandma later today. We’re doing Christmas with his mom tomorrow. And after opening presents from Santa and having cookies and milk for breakfast, we’ll go down to my mom’s to celebrate with my family on Sunday.
I hope everyone who celebrates has a Merry Christmas. I’ll be taking next week off from posting to the blog but I will be back after the New Year.