We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~





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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

As per tradition, I made crepes for Christmas, but in a change for good, I made them Christmas Eve morning so we can have them today and tomorrow without having to be at the stove all morning on Christmas. After Lukas slurped away, he played in the house and eventually found his friends outside. They played the afternoon away, ended by chasing some neighborhood cat around, then wishing each other Merry Christmas as it got dark and each kid walked home, filled with excitement for what the night would bring. 


 Some friends in the ward invited us to their house for traditional ham & potatoes, and to act out the nativity and play games. We happily accepted, knowing that Lukas would be thrilled to get to play with other kids, and that singing around the piano is always nicer with more people! After a suspenseful game of "Headbands" we sat at the beautifully set table. (Lukas at the kids table- just the beginning of a lot of years at that kids' table! haha!) Dinner was amazing, and the kid-scripted nativity was perfect for their ages. Lukas and I were all the shepherds, and Jared was all the angels in the story. When done, we did white Elephant gifts. Sadly, the kids ended up with most all the candy there was. Lukas was beaming over his peanut M&Ms. Pie was served up and Christmas carols were sung around the piano before we took our little man home around 10. He fell asleep quickly, despite his excitement and anxiousness for Christmas morning! He wanted to be sure the back door was open, concerned that Santa wouldn't be able to get in since our chimney "isn't big enough" (non-existent, actually). He left a letter for Santa on the chalkboard outside saying: Dear Santa, Ich liebe dich! Kannst du mir ein Geschenk geben?   Inside, he left cookies and milk for his Santa, and when Jared mentioned that our patio was big enough for his sleigh since we cleaned it all off, Lukas said "Yeah, he will ride his surfboard here!", and also thinks Jared will be his Santa and asked him if he would dress in a Santa Hat and Boots and yell "ho ho ho!".  In any case, Lukas was puzzled when he discovered that Dad didn't eat the cookies, because, as mom explained, "Dad was already in bed when I saw your milk and cookies Christmas Eve!" True story. They were yummy cookies too!















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