Christmas morning started this year with a very sleepy look from an excited 11 year old.
Of course after we all woke up it was time to open presents
The children were very happy with what Santa brought them
Our morning had our family visit for breakfast. We have done this tradition for many years now but I think this year will have been the last. It is getting harder for me to get stuff organized and after a long term of teaching and the effects of the EDS I am usually shattered by xmas day. I really want to enjoy the morning with the kids and so my plan next year is to host late morning tea/light lunch. I feel with all the morning rush we don't really get to chat to everyone and simply enjoy the day.
Jess and Michael came for breakfast and then headed off to Mikey's family for lunch.
After a quiet afternoon we headed over to Mum and Dad's for our Christmas dinner.
Both Lucy and I wore our new Xmas dresses I made.
Whilst at mum and dad's The Royle's were on TV. I love this show and even though it was a repeat it was still fun. Speaking of repeats- a few days before Xmas the kids and I watched National Lampoons Xmas vacation with Chevy Chase. I love that movie and Matt and Lucy thought it was hilarious. Nothing like a fun Xmas movie to get you in the spirit.
Mum cooked a beautiful dinner of Turkey, ham, veggies and all the trimmings. I don't know how she gets it all together so well. I would be sooo stressed. Cooking is so NOT my forte!!
Jess came to Nana and Grandad's for tea and Mikey went to his grandparents. It was nice to have all the kids together. James reminded me that this was our first Xmas without Jess living under our roof. It made me a little sad just for a minute.
Every year we have a lovely day but boy the work involved is hard. I tried to simplify things this year but it sort of didn't work out as well as I wanted it to. I have decided that we need to do what's right for us and if others don't agree then that is OK and they can do what they want. My stress levels hit high really quickly these days and even if others think it is silly I am still resoling to do what is best for me and my family.
I am looking forward to a new year full of being true to myself and putting myself and my family first.