We had the BEST Christmas Eve this year. Oh my goodness. I couldn’t have asked for a better night. Natalie joined the church choir a few months ago and sings every other week during Sunday mass. But this week was her big show. On Christmas Eve, her choir took their place on the alter and gave a 30 minute performance before mass. It was beautiful. I was tearing up through the entire thing. Absolutely precious. To hear children singing holiday songs… it’s just magical. I’m so happy we got to experience that moment.
Once mass was over, we headed back to my house and threw on our ugly Christmas Sweaters. You can’t see all of them but believe me, we had some winners in this shot. The only one who wasn’t wearing an ugly sweater was Caleb. Why? BECAUSE I FORGOT TO BUY HIM ONE!! Oh my goodness! Third child syndrome. I will get it together eventually. I promise.
The kids made my sweater (and Bill’s too), so they were a disaster. But the winner of the night was Veronica — holy Chihuahua.
I got some Clash of Clans lessons from these two — and believe me I soaked them all up. You know what else was soaked all up? Red wine all over Sandra’s white sweater. WHAT? We did a quick load of laundry with Tide’s Stain Releasers and it FREAKING WORKED!! Everyone was DYING! Good as NEW. Boom.
Then it was time to eat!!
Here is actual proof that I wash dishes. I know it’s hard to believe. I know you needed to see it with your very own eyes — but that’s me near the sink. This is also proof that I don’t close my cabinets. It always looks like my house is being attacked by a poltergeist.
Present opening time!! We usually go one at a time — my cousin bought Bill and me blog shirts. I loved it!
And then this is the exact moment that we lost control of our present opening circle. It was complete chaos. The kids were going crazy. I don’t know what was going on. There was screaming and papers flying in the air. I was at a loss. I couldn’t get it back. I don’t know how we managed this year. But we did. Wonderful time as usual!!