Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas Day 2016

Our Christmas day got started around 6:00 a.m. when we heard the pitter patter of little feet come running into our bedroom to wake us up.  The boys were squealing with excitement and eager for us to get out of bed so they could open their gifts.  I walked straight to the kitchen to start the coffee, grabbed my camera, and then sat down to watch them.

the boys ready to open their presents on Christmas morning

He got his first set of Lego's and this was the first thing he built.  

They love silly string and could not wait to go outside and have a war with each other.

They took all of their new trucks and cars outside and spent most of the morning out playing.  I love to see them playing outdoors!  Everyone in Guatemala shoots fireworks at midnight on Christmas Eve.  That means the streets are trashed on Christmas day.  My boys had the most fun going around and loading up the firework trash in their trucks.  They would then bring it back home and dump it in our yard to play in.  I didn't really like it but at least they were having fun. 

loading and dumping

While they played I put the finishing touches on our lunch and got our table set.  The food was all pre-prepped and all I had to do was put it in the oven to bake. 

Our Christmas Day meal consisted of turkey, mashed potatoes, carrot souffle, green beans, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, fresh fruit, Christmas shaped Jello jigglers, pumpkin pie, and sweet tea.

our Christmas meal

Eating lunch on Christmas Day.  We invited some friends over to share our meal with.  It was fun having guests around the table with us.

The rest of the day was spent playing and relaxing.  As you can see Ben stayed in his Christmas pajamas all day long.  It was a very relaxed day and we enjoyed the simpleness of it.  There is a lot about the Christmas season in the States that I miss but the hustle and bustle is not one of them. 

Cruz told me numerous times throughout the day "this is the best Christmas ever!!!".  It was so precious to hear him say those words.  It was a great Christmas and I am blessed to have my little family to celebrate it with.  

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