December 26, 2008
Holy moly. What a Christmas.
Wednesday: Christmas Eve dinner at my sister’s house. She made us all turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing… all of it, so good. Maggie got a few presents (my mom just couldn’t resist!) and then we headed home to wait for Santa.
Thursday, Christmas morning: Up at 7, breakfast, and then gifts! It didn’t take long for Maggie to catch onto the whole ‘unwrap the package and there’s a gift inside‘ concept. And she was surprisingly patient about waiting for Dan to put together and/or open some of the toys. Then it was hurry and shower, pack up the car, and head to my parents’ house by 10 (okay so we were like 15 minutes behind schedule- not bad, I don’t think!)
More presents and lunch at my parents’ house. Then, a Christmas miracle when Maggie napped without a fuss in her pack-and-play. For two hours! During her nap, we played Scattergories (JUNIOR!) and yes it might have been hard for us because we are old and our brains don’t work like they used to. But we had fun.
Before Maggie’s nap, we all settled down for Elmo. Because Christmas isn’t complete without some Elmo.
Out the door again by 3:30, driving 40 minutes to Dan’s grandma’s house. A bigger crowd, but Maggie wasn’t deterred. She pretty much had every single person there wrapped around her little chubby fingers by the time we left. She even helped pass out gifts to everyone. I kept asking myself, is this REALLY my kid?? She was a doll and so well-behaved.
We got home around 9:30 and were all passed out by 10:30. Exhausted doesn’t even begin to explain it. But it was a great, great day.
Today we had a smaller Christmas celebration with Dan’s parents and sister (home from her Army base in Georgia for the week!) I made beef barley soup and we opened gifts and while the three of them entertained Maggie, Dan and I laid on the couch and may have dozed for a bit. Maybe.
So, this pretty much sums up the last few days:
AND WE’RE NOT EVEN DONE YET.
Tomorrow is a Christmas round-robin thing with my dad’s family- 20-30 people in my house and yeah I have no idea how that’s going to work, but it will be fun. Then Sunday, we’re planning another visit with Dan’s parents and sister before she heads back to Georgia the next day.
Monday, I plan on zoning out on the couch for a few hours. Hopefully Maggie will comply with my plans.