Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!! I've decided not to apologize for the infrequency of my blogs, because I really am doing my best (Chris!). I will say I didn't realize it's been almost a month since I last wrote so let me sum up our holiday season for you all.
Chris's parents came to visit for two weeks during December, and they were able to be here for Christmas. The kids were excited for weeks prior to their visit and they would tell any one who would listen that their "grandma and grandpa were coming to visit and they had made a fun list to do with them when they came." What is a fun list you may ask? It was whatever came into their little heads for the past two months when they first found out their grandparents were coming to visit. Chris's brother Nick also came to visit so almost everyone in his family was able to be together for Christmas. We all had a great time and it made this Christmas really special. We told Kaylee she couldn't wake us up until after 5 am on Christmas morning. I was telling Chris that I woke up to feed Dalin at about four, and Kaylee said, "No mom it was 4:07." Kaylee had already been awake for a couple of hours before she was allowed to wake us up. I remember being the same way when I was little, so it's all coming around now. I think Chris was probably the most excited because he bought a Nintendo Wii when they came out, and planned on selling it for a profit on ebay. I finally gave in and let him keep it (it wasn't making a whole lot more than it was worth on ebay) but he couldn't play it until all the wrappings were picked up. It was the fastest Christmas clean up we've ever had in our home. We then went to my parents house where there were more presents to open and I was able to talk to my brother who is in Portugal on a mission. Then it was back to our house for dinner and alot of video games. All in all I think it was a great success.
For New Year's we had a nice prime rib dinner at my brother Brian and his wife Natalie's house. It's become kind of a tradition for us to have prime rib that night because my other brother Aaron and his wife Danette do an excellent job in making it. After dinner they adults played games and our kids just played until midnight. Out of ten kids only one fell asleep before midnight, even Dalin wanted to be awake to ring in the New Year with us.
The girls went back to school on the second (they've been on track break for five weeks) and it it's been nice to get back to our regular schedule. Ater we dropped them off at school Aiden said, "good now I get to pick all the shows to watch." What a funny kid!