Christmas 2011 - 7:10 am - two eager boys bounding down the stairs anticipating what Santa may have left! Grady pulled the reins on diving into gifts because Nana hadn't crawled out of bed yet and I wanted to wake Annalyse before all the excitement was over.
Annalyse had the most fun with all the paper, of course, and was uninterested in her gifts since there was so much bright paper to rip and tear and toss. And, given that her brothers opened lots of toys that lit up or made noises she was way more interested in those rather than a new baby doll.
Oh yeah, the Peeler Family has pretty cool shirts to sport together. Watch out world, we're coming and we're coming with style!
No sooner was breakfast cleaned up and Grady excitedly started calling for the boys to "quick come downstairs! I found a note that Santa left and we need to read it together!"
After all that run-around, the boys worked up an appetite for a snack. We gathered for a simple Happy Birthday Jesus party and sang to him and took time to go around a circle and pray, thanking him for something special to each of us. Grady Lee: "Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for me." Micah: "Thank you Jesus for creating the planets and the trees." Annalyse: Just a loud whine to indicate that she wanted to dive into the cinnamon rolls!
And, speaking of cinnamon rolls, have I got a fun story to share! These yummy rolls were made and delivered on Christmas Eve by a dear friend and two of her darling kids. She used several hours of her Christmas Eve to make cinnamon rolls for friends and then drove all over Charlotte delivering them. That is hospitality and friendship and love and generosity and thoughtfulness is its purest form. (Thank you, sweet Celia, for your kindness to our family.)
By the time dinner was done and another round of Kinect was finished, it was time to say goodnight to Christmas. "This is the most fun day in my whole entire life!" Micah said more than once. "I think that this is my favoritest Christmas ever!" exclaimed Grady Lee before bed.
And it was a good day. A really good day. A really good day that came and went entirely too fast.