After that bleary-eyed but spirit-filled Christmas Eve, we woke up to Grace’s Christmas call, her face all aglow with Christmas wonder in the mission field. She told us she had been talking to the other kids who had been up for an hour. Still so weird to sleep past the crack of dawn on Christmas (no little kids:()
Apparently these guys had been singing but we didn’t hear it.
They were sure having fun though!
(Josh slept over too, but he was the one who got up at the crack of dawn for the launch of the James Webb telescope…still right there with us on Christmas morning but not singing with the kids, Ha!)
Read the traditional squiggly writing from Santa:
Grace joined us via FaceTime for a while…see her on my phone down there?
That girl is a wonder. She sent us all the sweetest cards, all complete with quite impressive drawings…
…I got a painting, isn’t is so beautiful?
And of course a Texas ornament. (A piece of her heart will always be in Texas). And Austin playing cards for Lu.
Nana and Papa showed up to help with our traditional Christmas Eggs Benedict.
We’ve had some giant failures with that over the years, but we’re getting those suckers down to a science and that is fun.
One of the gifts to the family was the SUNS game. WooHoo!
Lucy opted to stay home because she wasn’t feeling great with an ear infection, poor girl! But she had Legos to put together so she was pretty happy.
The excitement in that arena was electric.
…and we were pretty happy to be there!
We were missing Max and Abby so much, but so excited for them as they had the opportunity to head off for Texas with Abby’s family:
After the game we headed to Nana and Papa’s house where these kids played some games (apparently this was a serious part of the game):
…and the adults talked and talked.
Such a nice mellow way to end the day with all those extended family members we love so much.
But of course, the day is never complete without a game of cards back at home before we wave goodbye to all that Christmas hoopla. I had to take a picture of my cards for “Scum,” yikes, not a fantastic hand right there!
I’m always trying to hold onto Christmas at the end of the day, just as it evaporates between my fingers. But it was a good day.