And There Was Merriment. And a Hobbit.

So Christmas came. And then it went. As it's wont to do.

This year was a little bit different for us because 1.) Scott didn't have as much time off as he's had in the past and b.) my dad and Peggy went on a trip with friends to Branson, MO so we've been a small crew of three over the holidays.

Monday, AKA Christmas Eve, we had to do some shopping, not much really, but still, ugh. Here we are showing our crazy as we pulled into the parking lot at World Market (we also had to make a brief detour into Barnes & Noble).
Honestly though it wasn't that bad because it was only 9:00 in the morning and we weren't there that long.

After a restorative breakfast at IHOP we spent the rest of the day around the house. Annelise helped me bake cookies. This year (so far) I've only made Brickle cookies and Julie's White Chocolate Cranberry Snickerdoodles and seriously, you must make some ASAP, not only are they easy, they are truly scrumptious (a la Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

Over the long weekend, on a whim, we decided to watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I had seen the first two movies years ago and was always rather meh about them (even snoozing through portions) (no offense) but I'd never read the books so I never really got it (I do plan to read all the books now, or at least attempt it). I wasn't sure if Annelise would like them or if they were appropriate what with the PG-13 rating and all, but we have allowed her to see the Harry Potter movies (at least through the Order of the Phoenix so far) so we decided to venture into Middle Earth together.


She ate them up. And? I get it now. I mean, I'm not planning to starting speaking elfish any time soon, but I enjoyed the series just the same. We finished the final movie Christmas Eve, then finished up our Advent readings, managed to fit in A Charlie Brown Christmas before reading A Night Before Christmas and setting out cookies and composing a lengthy note for Santa.

Hobbits, Elves, Wizards, the birth of Jesus, Charlie Brown and Company and Santa, um...yeah, that might be a lot of mixed messages all packed into one night (not to mention the fact Scott and I toggled between Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story marathon after Annelise went to bed and I prepped a few things for breakfast).
Christmas morn dawned, at least for us, somewhere around 8:30 with Annelise getting the all clear to come downstairs once she heard us stirring (me stumbling toward my Keurig).
This year we (loosely) tried to follow the want, need, wear and read theme for gifts, which I think is a wonderful plan but we still got a little carried away (I'm fairly sure the idea is to give only one thing in each category, oops). 

She was thrilled to find a new Lego set and BeyBlades waiting for her under the tree (not pictured).
Annelise adores all things Diary of a Wimpy Kid so this shirt was a definite hit. She also got a few other long sleeve shirts, a puffy coat, new Nikes and socks and undies.
Along with a Lego Harry Potter book she also got the latest DOAWK, Third Wheel.

But she couldn't contain herself once she discovered this hiding near the back of the tree.
Do you think she likes it?
Scott got a new A&M shirt and a two new Playstation games and I got a new book and new Nikes.
A singing card from Pappo and Grandma (filled with some exciting greenery) was a highlight for Annelise. They also gave her a Lego Ninjago watch and Batman set.
Aunt Jerry sent a special book from Maine. So sweet!
Guess who found the pickle?
And got an extra treat.
This year for breakfast we feasted on shirred eggs, pigs in a blanket, and crescent cream coffee cake, oh, and pear slices for a bit of fruit.
We ignored the mess, as you do, and focused on our new toys for a while before getting ourselves together and venturing out to the movies.
We had never been to the movies on Christmas Day before and underestimated how crowded it would be. We ended having to split up and sit way down front. Oh well.
We saw The Hobbit, which we all enjoyed even though it wasn't quite as magical (little darker, lots of dwarves) as LOTR. However it's much nicer to watch an almost 3 hour movie in the comfort of your home where you can hit pause when you need a break.

All in all we had a wonderful, low-key Christmas, although we certainly missed my dad and Peggy (but know they were having a grand ol' time in Branson). 

Scott had to go back to work Wednesday (boo) but will have a bit more time off next week. Annelise and I are fine tuning our laziness skills. I may or may not have stayed in my PJs all of yesterday (today was much better).

How was your Christmas?


  1. Love the joy on her face! Merry Christmas!

  2. We started the want, need, wear, read gifts last year too and it has worked so well for us although I adhere to the one item per category (well, Griffin got 2 books). I find it takes all the pressure off of me plus it's not so overwhelming for the kids. Luci's "wear" was a cross pendant, Griffin's wear was a shirt, and Eliot's wear was Keds tennis shoes so I have found I can still play around some within categories.

    Luci and I read The Hobbit last year but Kim was the one who got to take them to the movie while I stayed home with the baby. I'm ready for my turn now!

    I love Annelise's excitement in all these pictures.


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