As of our last blog, the kids were cozy in bed dreaming about Santa and sugar plums and things. I set to work putting together two different breakfast casseroles for our traditional Christmas breakfast. When I was little we always looked forward to Christmas breakfast. My dad would make eggs and bacon and toast and all of those yummy things. It was a tradition that I wanted to carry on with my kids. They have come to expect big things Christmas morning! I have found a way to come through for them, but not be stuck in the kitchen all morning. I just put it all together Christmas eve. When we get up and start opening gifts I throw everything into the oven and by the time we are done…ta da! Fabulous breakfast!!!
It is a long standing joke in our family that our kids are the worst ever when it comes to getting up on Christmas morning. When we were little Brian and I would both get up waaaaaay before the crack of dawn. Naturally we expected the same from our kids. Yeah…not so much! For the first 8 years that we were married, Brian and I had to wake the kids up!! Last year they did wake up first, but we found out that they had cheated and set an alarm clock. This year we told them no alarm clocks allowed! Be normal kids and wake us up at a completely indecent hour! Well a Christmas miracle occurred and the kids woke us up at about 5:00 am! We were so proud! Finally our kids were normal!!! The REALLY funny part is that I asked them how they finally managed to do it. Jake looked a little bit sheepish and said that he had set his pee alarm. OF course I was curious. “Pee alarm? ” I asked. “Yes, none of us peed before we went to bed so that we would wake up early!” Gotta give them credit for creativity! They crack me up!
Here they are waiting in the hallway for the go sign to head out to the dining room. You might be wondering where Noah and Aiden are. Well, we might be a little bit weird but we aren’t completely crazy. Everyone knows that you never wake a sleeping toddler or baby, at least not if you want a pleasant morning without tears!
Here are the kids reading the traditional letter from Santa. He loved the cookies, of course! And he thought that Hannah’s picture was great.
Once the letter was read and we said a little prayer for Baby Jesus birthday, we headed into the living room. HE CAME!!! Presents, presents everywhere!
DJ and his new wii game that he really wanted. As the kids get older, their piles get much smaller and much more expensive.
Jake with the new Madden game. Great job Santa!
Bubba was also thrilled to get a new game for the wii! He is at the stage where he is between the little kid toys like action figures and matchbox cars and big kid stuff like wii games. Thankfully Santa came through on both end.
Here is Coley modeling her new coat. It was interesting because this was the first year that the three older kids were actually excited about clothes! Instead of opening a sweater and being like, “Oh, a sweater.” It was more like, “YES! A sweater! This is awesome!” It was kind of fun!
This is Gia opening her new Leapster. Unfortunately when we opened it and took it out of the box it was obviously used and very dirty. There were even teethmarks on the stylus! DISGUSTING!!! Poor little Gia! She tried to act like it was ok, but I could tell that she was very disappointed. The day after Christmas the girls and I headed to ToysRUS to exchange it for a new one. We upgraded to a Leapster 2. I felt so bad. The leapster was her main gift and she got a lot of things that went with it and couldn’t play with any of it Christmas day. Next year Santa needs to check these things out before he buys them! Thankfully Aunt Peggy and Uncle Bob, Gia’s godparents, got her an EasyBake oven! She was beyond thrilled. Christmas morning she baked Baby Jesus a birthday cake with a little bit of help from Hannah. This helped soften the leapster blow a little bit.
Here is the finished project complete with a birthday candle!
Aiden woke up at about 7:00 am. He was so funny. He actually played with his new toys! Usually babies are thrilled with wrapping paper or boxes, but he actually liked his toy!
Finally at about 8:30 am, Brian woke Noah up. He happily opened all of his gifts. He was really into the whole Santa thing this year. He keeps asking when Santa is coming back. When I tell him next Christmas he asks me if that is tomorrow…sigh… only 11 1/2 months to go…
He loved his “Handy Manny” hat and “gobbles.”
Aiden loved his breakfast, actually he loves anything that he can jam into his mouth!
The Hough gang enjoying their yummy breakfast.
After breakfast, everyone got bathed and dressed for the day. Joan and Patrick came out for a little visit and to see what all Santa had brought for the kids. We had a nice visit with them. At about 1:30 we piled into the van and headed to Mema’s house for Christmas dinner with my mom’s family. There was a ton of food, including fried deer steak (don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it! It is YUMMY! Especially since it was from Jake’s first deer!) and lasagna. I felt like Brian was going to need to roll me out to the car! We came home and jammied up and pretty much passed out. We put the little ones to bed and Brian and I went to sleep around 9:00! Christmas day was a ton of fun with the typical Hough family chaos. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful family to celebrate the birth of our Savior! Thank you Jesus!