We had a lovely mellow Christmas at home. We invited Jared's parents over for breakfast. I made an egg casserole and Jared had decided a couple of weeks ago that he would be in charge of the sweet side of the meal, meaning on Christmas Eve he braved the local mall and got a 1/2 dozen Cinnabons. Yum, Yum! We sat and enjoyed conversation and laughed at the boys adoration for their cinnabons. Then it was time for the "big reveal" (borrowing a HGTV phrase). Nani and Papa had bought the boys a HUGE train set and Jared set it up the night before and covered it with blankets. We sat them on the couch and pulled back the covers. They jumped off before we could blink and played with it the. rest. of. the. day.
You may think that I am exaggerating but truly. They played the entire morning while we essentially begged them to open more gifts. They cried at our requests and said "No, play with trains". This went on for 2 hours and finally we started telling them what the presents were hoping that they would be interested. It went like this "Hey guys, we got you a little people airport, want to open it?" It was kind of funny but it didn't persuade them. We finally forced them into opening stockings and eventually opening a couple more gifts at which point I mentioned to Jared that we should put a couple away for their b-day because they obviously had enough toys to play with and he said lets just put the rest away. So, that is what we did. There are 4 Christmas wrapped gifts in the basement waiting for April.
They took a "train break" to eat lunch, nap and finally to turn in for the night but other than that they spent every waking moment playing trains. I would say it was a good investment since we found the set on Craigslist and we didn't actually make the investment! ;) So this year every picture is of them playing with trains pretty much. I also had a headache so even though I enjoyed the day more than I probably ever have you will find no family pic or picture of the boys by the tree or even opening gifts because by the time they finally did the gift opening point we were all kind of "over it". :) So that was our mellow Christmas here at our house. We feel very thankful for our little family and are enjoying all of the extra time with Jared who still has almost another week off. YAY!
Jared and I also turned into Scrooge the minute the boys went down for nap and drug the stinkin' tree out to the curb. We LOVE a real tree and are very into the lights, decor, etc. but this years tree was the driest tree we have ever seen. I have NEVER cleaned up so many pine needles in.my.life. We are thrilled to have our living room back and the boys barely noticed it was gone! Buh-bye tree you will not be missed!