As is our yearly tradition, we had Christmas Eve with Grandma and Grandpa Barnett. We missed Aunt Amber, as she took a trip up to Washington to be with Blake and Maren and the boys. Grandpa had made a couple of soups for lunch. After eating, we relaxed. Grandma had prepared a little Christmas thought, with a bag of candies for each grandchild.
The gift-opening commenced. Grandpa had made some beautiful things as gifts. The girls each got a wooden box, in which they can hold all their treasures. They love their boxes. Matthew got a wooden bench with storage underneath. It is sturdy and handsome. It is in him room, holding his books. He likes to use it. Colin got a tennis bag he was very excited about (it was one of his top three desired gifts, which he kept reminding us of). Micah got an outdoor basketball, which is one thing he really wanted. And we all got movie gift cards. Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa! We Facetimed Blake and Maren this evening, and somewhere in there Micah asked why we couldn't go visit? It was decided. We were going to use Chad's remaining days off after Christmas to go visit them in their new home. Exciting!
Later that night, after the kids were tucked into bed, Santa came!