The girls could not believe it when Christmas Eve finally arrived!!!
Last year we went to McDonald's for breakfast on Christmas Eve and Ella told us that she wanted that to be a tradition, so we went again this year and now it is officially a new tradition :-).
We spent a lot of time that day shopping and then headed over to my grandparents later for our Christmas Eve dinner and gift exchange with my family. The food was, of course, Amazing! The table looked beautiful and my grandma even had little activities for the girls to do at their table which was a genius idea. Mike took some pictures of the decorations before we sat down to eat.
We all looked awesome in the crowns from our poppers :-)
The kiddos took turns opening all their presents first and man alive were they spoiled rotten by their aunts, uncles and grandparents! Thank you, thank you :-)!
(Addie got 2 Furr Real kitties, one from Grammy & Greatfrog and one from Mack & Cheryl, and she LOVES them)
Ella got this dog from Grammy and Greatfrog and it is pretty hilarious. It laughs and rolls around :-).
It has become a tradition for Mike and I to get some new clothes during Banana Republic's big sale at Christmas time, so BR giftcards have become a perfect Christmas present for him!
Yes, there is really a vacuum in that box, and yes Scott is really that excited about it. I didn't understand it either...until I heard he wanted it to clean his car with and not his room.
Scott (and Kayley) drew my name this year and I got fabulous new slippers that I desperately needed along with some adorable notecards. Kayley has started a little design business to go along with her art (check her out on Etsy at Pink Coconut Designs).
I always like Mike's artistic shots.
After dessert we hurried home to finish up with the rest of our Christmas Eve traditions. The kids opened their one present of new PJs (and since Ella was giving Mike pajamas this year, he got to open one too). We read the story of Christ's birth in the Old Testament and then put out the treats for Santa and the reindeer. That night when I was tucking Addie in she told me to hurry and go to sleep so Santa would come. I promised her I was just going to clean up the kitchen a little and then go right to bed. She told me, "Oh mom, Santa will clean the kitchen for you!" I wish :-). Addie had really been hoping to spot Rudolph's red nose in the sky that night, but we ended up having a rainstorm so we couldn't even see any stars. Poor Adeline...maybe next year!