I spent most of Tuesday finally taking down Christmas. My kids were bummed, Travis said the house looks bare. I am usually glad to put all the Christmas decorations away each year. I love having them out, but after a month I am ready to declutter.
We had a wonderful Christmas, the best part was having Bert home. Being married to an airline pilot usually means you never know what the holidays are going to be like.
I let him put up the tree. He was so excited!
The boys didn't let us forget about St. Nick's day.
Lego's are always a hit with Travis
Travis was an elf in his school winter concert. I had to order him an elf costume, he wore it non-stop during Christmas.
Marcus at his first piano recital.
I had to work harder than usual to get my yearly photo of the boys with Santa. For the past few years I have been able to take them to the Navy Exchange for a free photo with Santa. A couple of weeks before Christmas I went into the NEX to find out when Santa would be there. I looked everywhere, I finally saw Santa working at one of the registers. I asked him about the photos and he told me that the powers that be at the NEX had decided that they didn't have room this year in the store for his chair. What!!!!!!! No room for Santa!!!!! They filled his usual spot with more shelves of those stupid gifts like tins of cookies, and body wash sets. Bah Humbug! Is what I say.
So we had to take the boys to the mall. Price of one photo- $18.00, price of Nathan's bribe to agree to be in a photo of Santa-$5.00, Mommy getting her yearly Santa photo- priceless. I haven't missed a year yet.
Our ward did something very different this year, they had a nativity play on Christmas Eve. I loved it. It was a wonderful way to spend Christmas Eve. I wish more people had attended and felt the wonderful spirit that was there. Travis played all three inn keepers, and Marcus was one of the Three Wise Men.
The Three Wise Guys.
The boys tried to get Bert and I up at 4:00 am Christmas morning. I was so mad! I put my foot down and made them all wait until 5:45.
Travis and his loot.
Santa gave everyone suckers with scorpions in them. Travis actually ate his.
Nathan was jealous of Marcus' Boba Fett helmut. Maybe next year you can get one if your very good Nathan.