I love Christmas for so many reasons. It's the one time of the entire year we all get together! Our kids have set aside this week and travel to wherever we decide, so we can all be together. The fact that we can all hang out, is all I need or want. Aaron is coming from Atlanta, so it's a plane trip away. The Campos Family all the way from San Diego, and they are able to stay for nearly two weeks.
Our "Christmas Day" is somewhat flexible, one of the things you can do when you don't have anyone over 4 in the house. We drove up on Christmas eve, and the kids started arriving at 11:00 Christmas Day, with the last ones in after several delays, and 11 hours of travel in Cincinnati late that night. No problem, I'm off till New Years so I can rest when I want.
Opening presents is fun, because it is so simple. This was our second year with a $5.00 per person limit (kids are exempt) and bought at a resale or second hand store. It takes a lot of time to find a present that you want to give, and it takes multiple trips to different stores to find the right gift. It was fun and removes the bigger better gift syndrome.
Aaron loves playing with the kids, and they love playing with him. The bounced on him, ran at him, and climbed all over like a McDonald's play area. While I was driving Aaron back to the airport and he said it was a blast and he was glad to have all that time with the kids. He let them watch videos over and over on his iPad or whatever he had at the time. Played in the toy room, watched Thomas the Train videos, and just had fun!
The rest of us had a great time cooking, eating, and hanging out. We still are. Here are a few more images from the past few days.
Christmas in Columbus with more family! No shortage of great food here
Marlene's idea was that we would go bowling in our PJ bottoms...so we did. A 15 minute ride to Richmond, IN and no one even stared at us, we seemed to fit right in. We had fun, made a memory and have a family shot. (not sure what we'll do with it, maybe next years Christmas card?)
I love this week! I'm trying to unplug from all the hectic running around that led up to this time. So far, so good. Lots more fun to come!