Merry Christmas to all of you! Lyn and I are enjoying just hanging at home sans any schedule. Slept in. Moseyed downstairs to watch TV, check email, drink wassail and just crash. It's neat to be able to celebrate the birth of Jesus without the typical Christmas "rush." (We love the rush, too. It's just cool to have a low-key Christmas Day.) The Disney World Christmas Parade is on ABC now. I'm eating a cookie and drinking coffee while the bands and floats are passing down Main Street.
Since we opened presents last Friday with all the family, the big focus of my week was Christmas Eve and the five services we had. The picture above was taken between our 3rd and 4th services last night. I wish Jennifer, Brian, and Emily could have been with us, but they're out on the high seas enjoying the holidays with all of Brian's family. (I know they're having a wonderful time!)
The pictures below are of our time with Haley and Lexi on Christmas Eve Eve (23rd) and Christmas Eve. Since we had no shopping or wrapping or last-minute panic, we were able to just chill with the girls--literally and figuratively! On the 23rd we joined the masses at Crystal Court and South Coast Plaza so the girls could ride the train and carousel. We had lunch at Ruby's. Then on Christmas Eve they spent part of the day here with Lyn while we were doing run-thrus and services at the church.
The girls enjoyed riding the "Santa Express" at
Crystal Court. Haley may only get to ride this
one more year...they have a maximum height limit.
I love this picture. I call it "Audience of One."
Haley loves music--duh--and really wanted
to listen to the carolers. She'd had a conversation
with them before they started singing. They seemed
to have fun singing to her!
Lunch was at Ruby's. The girls shared some mac & cheese.
I had a bowl of vegetable soup and Lyn had a very blah salad.
(The "blah" was my assessment....she liked it.)
Anyway, Lexi REALLY enjoyed the bumper car
on display right beside where she sat!
On Christmas Eve, the girls hung out with
Lyn here at the house. Haley made herself
comfortable on the countertop while she
wrote Santa one last note.
Lexi enjoyed being Santa's Helper. Actually,
Mama Lyn's helper--a fresh batch of
Chex Mix was the project of the afternoon.
Before going to church, the girls posed in their
Christmas dresses. Lyn didn't realize that
Haley had her gloves on. She wears them
pretty constantly. You can tell that Lexi wasn't
feeling very well. She was dealing with a stomach virus all day.
Our very best wishes to all of you for a wonderful and
blessed Christmas. I look forward to posting
from New York in a few days!