We had another fantastic Christmas at our house, and apparently, the boys must have been pretty good in 2016 because Santa made it to our house on Christmas Eve.
We had a quiet Christmas Eve dinner at our house and were joined by MaSha, who had just come back from Charleston where she was staying with her granddaughters down there for a few days.
|Boys are ready for dinner!|
|Ham biscuits, asparagus, watergate salad,|
hash brown casserole and cooked apples.
|Watching "the TRAIN movie" aka Polar Express before bedtime|
|Merry Christmas Eve!!!|
|MaSha and the boys|
We made sure the boys knew that they had to go to sleep if they wanted Santa to come. During our nightly story time, we even heard Santa's bells on his sleigh go by. He must have been passing over our house. Magical!!!!
After the boys went to bed, the grown-ups watched It's a Wonderful Life and fell asleep on couches before going up to bed to fall asleep in anticipation of the excitement of Christmas morning. I got up early on Christmas morning and snuck downstairs to get breakfast started and to check and see if Santa came. HE DID! I snapped a few pics of the scene.
|Ryan's gifts from Santa|
|Stokes and William's gifts from Santa|
|Cookies were eaten and milk was gone.Santa even left a note!|
|He filled all the stockings!!!|
|Stokes checking out his tool belt|
|Ryan and his light-up drum set|
|William looking at his stocking goods|
|Ryan checking it out!|
|Lots of loot!|
|Time for Mama to open her stocking|
|And Dada, too|
|We took a break from gift action for|
some Christmas breakfast.
Eggs, bacon, Christmas tree cake,
fruit, sausage balls and hash brown
|Time for our little elves to open gifts|
under the tree!
|So much fun!|
|William is a pro|
|MaSha helping Ryan|
|He tried out his new sleeping bag from Abby!|
|Dada loves his new Clemson slippers! LOL|
|Santa even remembered the doggies!|
|Esso and ginormous bone|
|General and ginormous bone|
|Love our family <3|
|MaSha and her boys!|
|Lots of fun having MaSha around for Christmas morning|
We went to Abby's house first and got a bit settled but then it was time to go to Granddad's for the annual Christmas dinner.
|Thomas, Ryan and Granddad|
|Stokes learning lots of important things!|
|Jerry and Ryan|
|William sitting on Granddad's lap|
After dinner it was time to open even more presents!
|Going for it.|
|New Paw Patrol slippers!!!!|
|We love all our new gifts!|
After Granddad's we spent the rest of the weekend at Abby's house - just hanging out, driving around town, riding around on the tractor (well, Stokes did, William was scared and Ryan hung out with Mama).
|Sunset over the mountains at Abby's|
|Stokes and William with Dada|
|All the boys on the couch|
|No one is looking!!!!|
Stokes, Ryan, Davis and William
|Lisa and Davis with William and me|
|Thomas and Ryan with Joey and Stokes|
|This is what he did most of the time|
at Abby's house...talk on the phone.
He would just talk and talk and talk.
|Opening more gifts from Abby!|
|Cool!!! It's a tool workbench!|
This Christmas was good. Very good. I loved seeing the boys' reactions and their intrigue and excitement around Santa and our elf, Jim Bob Elf. It's a magical time of year.