Yup, it's the most wonderful time of the year....and it's over. Boo hoo. I do love Christmas. It's not the gifts or anything like that, it's that it is the only holiday where it really has a whole SEASON dedicated to it. No one thinks your crazy if you decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving, even though it''s still November, and I am still seeing Christmas trees on the curb for garbage pickup, halfway through January! It's the only holiday I decorate for because it is the only one worth taking the time to decorate for--not so much because of what it is, but because if I am going to go through the effort to decorate I want to leave it up for AT LEAST a month. I'm all about time efficiency.
We had a funny Christmas Eve this year. Usually we have our big burrito dinner on Christmas Eve, but this year that was going to be the day after Christmas, so instead we decided to go see a movie and go out to dinner. Well, the movie went...okaaaaayyy...but after the kids were NOT behaving well, and the last thing Eric and I felt like doing was fighting them at a restaurant. So we went home. The problem now was that I had nothing to eat--I hadn't planned on making dinner, plus I was leaving in two days to go out to California to visit my mom so had been trying to use up most of the food in the house. So, I looked around at places that were open that weren't just like McDonalds or something. A place called Costa Vida was open and they have awesome salads and stuff so I placed an online order and paid for it online so I could just go pick it up quick. The website took my order and gave me a pick up time of 6:40. So I waited a bit and left. I hit Taco Bell first to get some stuff for the kids--they weren't going to eat a Costa Vida salad, plus it was a cheaper option for them which they would prefer to have anyway. So I grabbed some stuff for them at the Bell which was closing in only a few minutes, then headed over to Costa Vida. I pulled up to the window and ... they were CLOSED! They had closed at 3:00 that day! But the online order system took my money and gave me a pick up time and said they were open! I was so mad, and now had to figure out what to do for me and Eric. Most places were closed at this point, so I hurried back over to Taco Bell. The guy asked me, "Did you forget something?" It was sad, in a pathetic way. Here I was on Christmas Eve, getting Taco Bell for myself and family. I started driving home and got so upset I bascially started crying in the car. It wasn't just dinner--this season we did do a lot of fun holiday stuff, but a few of our traditions got overlooked in the business of trying to get things done for the house. We never went to Salt Lake to see the temple lights, we didn't even go to the Spanish Fork Festival of Lights. I felt so disappointed--missing out on traditions AND having the saddest Christmas Eve dinner of Taco Bell--half of which was cold by this point. I got home, walked in the door and started to bawl. Poor Eric thought I'd wrecked the car or something, but I told him how I felt. He tried to make me feel better, and the kids were THRILLED at not having to eat some pot roast or something and getting to have their favorite dinner of Taco Bell instead. Eric then decreed that our NEW Christmas Eve tradition from hereon out would be dinner from Taco Bell! Ha ha. I had to laugh. It was like, the saddest sight ever. I had also planned to make treats after dinner for Santa but with all the kerfuffle with dinner it was too late. Luckily I had a package of cookies in the pantry which we used. We did have hot chocolate and watched "A Christmas Carol." The kids thought the evening was a complete success---I guess that's what matters the most!
So we got everyone tucked in for a good night's sleep, and kept our fingers crossed that we wouldn't be awoken before 7 am. It was a little before that but not as bad as the years before. The kids were so excited. We all waited in our room while dad checked to see if Santa came and turned on the tree lights....
The kids loved looking at their new stuff, we took our time opening presents too.
I just love my kids--sometimes they drive me up the wall and I feel like I'm at the end of my rope, but other times I just feel like my heart is going to burst because I love them so much. I got a good bunch here.
We didn't have any plans last weekend so we went to a car show with Eric's parents. They had a mechanical bull there for the kids (or adults). Each of the kids took a turn. It was hilarious.