On Christmas Eve, the kiddos got their Christmas PJ's.
Then Santa got busy, all the wrapping needed to be done. I learned many lessons this Christmas season two of which were buy the tree earlier (like on Black Friday) & wrap the presents before Christmas Eve.
Could he look any happier?
Racecar, Woo Hoo, What's next?
The two of them in one shot. This is as good as it gets.
Nice outfit right? (And what is the deal with my brother's face??)
In true kid fashion Brennan preferred to be pulled around on a cardboard box.
Somebody is cooking something.
For me personally, I recieved only a few gifts from family, I love everyone of them, but this one holds a special place.
The remainder of Friday I slaved over cake balls, which did not turn out perfect, and chili. I know I've said it before but when I do something I expect perfection, maybe I shouldn't have tried to make three kinds. My cake balls were not worthy of pictures but they did taste OH SO VERY YUMMY!! My favorite combo was lemon cake with leamon frosting dipped in white chocolate. What are cake balls you ask, well just go check out Bakerella? I heard about them on my bloggy friend Kate's site (she is hysterical & I agree with her take on cake balls). Next time I will make pops because they seem easier... anywho back to Christmas.
On Saturday we headed to Maryland to see extended family and my children received more loot. I have ZERO photos because I'm such a good mama like that. Yeah.. The girls looked super cute in there dresses. Coralee had no problem waltzing into a room full of relative strangers (to a 13 month old) Brennan on the other hand was a basket case and took about 30 minutes to warm to the idea that we may be there for a while. We opened presents, ate, played with new toys, ate, tried to run Papa ragged going up the steps and ate some more. Did I mention we ate? Oh and the cake balls despite their ugliness were a smashing success. Then we headed home.
I am beginning to twitch at the amount of stuff and the mess in my living room/office, but I plan on ringing in the new year by purging alot of old toys and making a healthy goodwill run or maybe saving it for a consigment sale.
Oh in case you cared the chili (I use black beans) was delicious and I believe I have a new tradition. Christmas dinner = chili and cornbread.