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Julia’s First Christmas

December 25, 2010

Mason woke up and was groggy.  He strolled into the living room a little after 7:30 a.m.  He glanced around and noticed that Santa Clause had left him a large, blue Thomas the Tank Engine play table.  He was still sleepy as he walked up to it and checked it out.  Jules had a smile on her face and was taking in the lights and strange new things that greeted her on her 1st Christmas.

Becks showed him his wagon from Aunt Tanya and then we made out way to the backyard.  It was chilly so we bundled him up.  I was trying to keep him warm as I held him and tried to record his reaction with our flip.  It did not work out too well, but his eyes did light up when he saw his swing set. We were disappointed he could not play on it, but it was too cold.

We headed back in where my Nana and Papa were now up.  We collected in the living room and started to open the rest of the kids presents.  Julia got an old fashioned baby doll from us, and another washable one from her Nana and Nanu.  She sat on the floor and tried to eat the wrapping paper while Becks opened the rest of her gifts.

Mason got a nice Thomas sweat shirt from his Nana and Nanu.  He also got some matchbox cars and a little crane for his train table.  He had fun ripping the paper off the presents and was more than happy to help out.

Nana and Papa gave the kids something special.  They got them “The Night Before Christmas” from Hallmark and recorded themselves reading it.  They alternated pages so on one Nana is reading and on the other Papa is.  Mason sat there and listened while the book read itself to him.  I think he really liked it.  Julia crawled around and tried to play with Mason’s new cars and train.

Once we were done opening presents I made shrimp and grits and got dinner going.  Mason watched his choo-choo movies non-stop but was feeling kind of crummy.  He had a little cold and did not eat anything all day until I made some fried calamari.  I left it on the nightstand to get a drink and when I came back he was chowing down on it.

The 20 lb turkey took about 4 1/2 hours to cook and we ate at 6:00 p.m.  It rained most of the afternoon and while the bird cooked Nana and Papa played cards while Jules took a nap.  When it was time to eat we sat down in the dining room.  Becky set a very pretty table using our china and we had a good meal.  Christmas 2010 was a good one and I am happy we were able to spend it with my grandparents.

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