I love waking up and taking those first pictures of the tree with presents underneath and Santa gifts out front. Sammy and I woke up early so we could shower and get started on the quiche and smokies.
Anthony was the first to wake up, he came out of his room and headed right to his legos without even second guessing which gift Santa left for him. After taking a brief moment to check Santa's plate and read the note Santa wrote back to the kids, Anthony got up to the kitchen table and started putting together his new legos right away. Even Mama got a gift from Santa, and Anthony couldn't wait for us to open the gift from him, so we sat down and opened up the sweet card and photo ornament he made in school.
After finishing making breakfast and waiting for some time, we decided we needed to wake Molly and Timothy up. The look on Molly's face when she walked out and saw her big teddy bear was priceless! Timothy also loved his scuttle bug....he rode that thing around all day.
After checking out the gifts Santa brought, we dug right into the presents underneath the tree! Everyone got so many great gifts! A big thank you to everyone who sent out packages to the Hauck family....Grandpa, Grandma, Great Grandma and Grandpa, Great Aunt Amy, Uncle Matt and Aunt Erica, Aunt Jill, and Uncle James and the kids. We also loved receiving tons of photo cards and Christmas cards in the mail. December is always a fun month...we always seem to get something special in the mail every day!
After opening gifts, we ate breakfast. Home made blueberry muffins, little cheesy smokies, and quiche. We have this as breakfast every Christmas morning.
Naturally, the kids spent a good part of the day playing with all their gifts. Timothy's favorite was his fridge magnets and blow up ball pit battle ship. Anthony's favorite was his duck shoot game and legos. And Molly's favorite was her American Doll, Saige. When it was nap time, those not napping headed out to the fire pit to help Papa burn all of the boxes and wrapping paper. It was 40* and sunny out, so beautiful. You could have fooled me into thinking it was Spring time if I hadn't had burning Christmas wrapping paper right in front of me!
Dinner was delicious and consisted of stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, and some wine and bubbly. I know....no veggie....Oh well. We forgot. :)
We ended the night with a few rounds of Operation and dessert. I hadn't played Operation since I was a kid, I forgot how high pressure it is....getting out those boy parts without setting the buzzer off! Haha!
What a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas we had! I have to say, I feel as if it was our best yet.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas as well and are looking forward to the New Year! New Years Eve is Sammy's birthday....so now we will concentrate on gearing up for that!