Christmas morning started out a little later than normal, 7:30 (!!!), as the girls slept a little longer after the late night before. When everyone was up there was a little family time just snuggling and talking and then it was down to the living room to open presents.
Eric handed out the gifts
Opening the stockings
My brother Ben sent Eric this t shirt that has a dragon and a wolf howling at the moon.
Eric opening his telescope
Eric and I enjoyed watching the girls, each with their own interests (Cordelia: anything My Little Pony; Elise: Babies, Skeletons), as they opened the gifts we had chosen and made for each of them. Every single time Elise opened clothes she would say, "on" in a very matter of fact way. We had to assure her that she would wear it later.
Opening Princess Celestia
When Cordelia opened the hard to find (Eric spent many hours on the hunt) Princess Celestia in white she opened the box and exclaimed, "PRINCESS CELESTIA? ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!?" Score one for a patient father.
When we were all done and somewhat organized we dressed and headed over to my parent's house to do more gift opening and to enjoy some delicious breakfast. Gifts were opened.
Sam styled his hair just for the occasion
My mother and Elise
My father with his mandolin
One of the most exciting gifts was from one of my oldest friends, Robin, who
sent Cordelia several of her old My Little Pony dolls. Cordelia is
constantly inquiring about the "original" MLP dolls from when I was a
little girl, needless to say this girl was beyond thrilled.
Cordelia with the original MLPs
Just acting natural
Reading a new (MLP) book to Cordelia, more on the quilt tomorrow
Elise with my dad
After presents were opened and breakfast was eaten we all just hung out for the rest of the morning. Eventually Eric, Elise and I returned home to prepare some food for dinner. Cordelia stayed with her grandparents to enjoy a little special time.
When we returned in the afternoon it was time to eat our vegan feast. There was no shortage of delicious food.
When dinner was eaten we all sat around talking, playing, enjoying family time.
My girls mob their Uncle Sam
Eric and Betty have a moment.
When the sun had set and the girls started to get whiney we decided it was time to head home. We drove home the long way, looking at Christmas lights as we returned. A few more minutes of playing and family time and then the girls were down for the night. A great day indeed!