(Just wrapping up the December Daily. Thanks for your patience.)
Merry Christmas from the Kleinerts!
Schäfer 6, Sianna 4, Selah 3, Senna 8m
Our Christmas day began the same way it does every year: with the reading of the Christmas story.
After recognizing why we have Christmas and why we give gifts, we let the kids open their stockings.
This year, we were especially thankful to celebrate Christmas with my Mom – something we have not done together on December 25 since 2002! That’s 12 years too long!
Senna was very interested in Selah’s new Hello Kitty necklace.
Later in the day, I heard Selah tell Senna, “I love you more than Hello Kitty.”
After so much cooking on Christmas Eve, we decided not to cook anything on Christmas day. Yep. It was cereal on Christmas morning – a first for the Kleinert family. The kids played with their stocking items while we got breakfast on the table.
After breakfast, I proposed that we open one present every hour. Hubs thought that was a wonderful idea. I don’t know why I had this thought, but it came to me that we could stretch Christmas just a little longer so I suggested it. The kids were anxious at first, but they quickly agreed to play with their new toy instead of tossing it aside for the next box to open. (Hubs: Brilliant idea! The day was so much more enjoyable and anticipation helped the kids enjoy the presents all the more. Brilliant, brilliant wife!)
Nanamaw gave the girls small dogs with carriers. Selah used her new “camera” from her stocking to photograph the dog. (Selah and Sianna took “pictures” all day long. I wonder where they got that idea from?)
Hubs and Schäfer took time to build a fort.
Senna seemed interested in all of the new toys like Schäfer’s Lincoln Logs.
We had such a slow day. All we did was play and enjoy the kids.
Senna’s first Christmas meal… oatmeal!
Senna tried to eat her present. (Letters for the bathtub)
All the girls received one pair of princess shoes. (They came in a set of three.) Senna ate those too!
All month, Senna was not interested in the tree. Today, she discovered the ornaments.
When the girls opened their shoes, Schäfer opened his big gift from us which was a Lego rescue helicopter. He built that while the girls took naps. Oh yes, 2 hour naps were taken on Christmas day by Selah, Sianna, Nanamaw, Senna and Mommy. Oh what a glorious day!
After naps, Hubs opened his gift from Schäfer: a leafy sea dragon made from Lego!
Then, the girls opened their big gift from us. This look on Selah’s face says it all!
Selah’s wildest dream came true!
After her first spin, she requested two bandaids.
This year, Christmas was spent reading The Word, opening gifts, heating up leftovers, calling family and simply enjoying our littles. We had a very Merry Christmas.