Christmas morning came and just so you know, mom got the biggest Toblerone in her stocking.
It was a rough night. Callie was up at 4:30 am with a nose bleed. Then again at 6:30. At which time I told her it was too early to get up. She humored me and went back to sleep until 8:00. All the while, not a peep from little sister. And at 8:00 when Callie said it was time to get up, I still wanted a little more shut eye despite knowing that a lot of fun was soon to happen. We lied in bed a for a little bit, waiting for Lexi to come to the realization that Santa had come. Callie had Santa's arrival pegged at some time between 4:30am and 6:30am because she peeked and nothing was there at 4:30 but it was there at 6:30! Despite her questioning about whether Santa can really do all that is claimed, big sister still won't sleep alone on Christmas eve out of fear that she might bump into Santa if she gets up to go to the bathroom!
When all the paper had been torn off and every gift revealed, Callie said, "I wish we could rewind and do it all again!" Because sister, like her mama, doesn't like when it's all over. Even as I type tonight, days after Christmas morning, I have the tree lights on a tree that is ready to be hauled out the door, everyone is asleep and I have the fireplace on the TV. I'm squeezing every last ounce of magic from the season before I say it's over.
This year, the gift of all gifts, the map in number 25 of the advent calendar led the girls to their first pet. We'd like to welcome Jorge the gecko into our family.
He's not fluffy and his cuteness if a matter of preference but he has sure made some reptile loving girls very happy. If only reptiles were capable of feeling love. This little guy would be smothered in it.
And if Jorge wasn't enough, the Shopkins were a big hit.
But thankfully my dad asked for the most practical gifts of all. At the age of 66, my dad said that all he wanted for Christmas was supper. His Mrs. Clause delivered his gift right on time and he generously shared it with us! And maybe we can't rewind and do it all again but it's not over because when you live with a dreamer, you never know when the next magic moment will be. Merry Christmas from our table to yours!