It was our year for Christmas Eve with my mom & bonus dad this year (they alternate Christmas Eve & Day with my sister & I) but since we are only half the distance we were from my sister now, I decided to invite her family to dinner as well. As an added bonus, our bonus mom traveled up & also joined us Christmas Eve after work.
Every year it comes right down to the wire for Fedex managers. Some years everything goes off without a hitch, packages are shipped & delivered early & everyone is home in time for dinner on Christmas Eve, then there are years like the past 2 we have had where they get busier & busier right up until the very end. This year not only did Donna not get home until 9pm, she also had to work a few hours on Christmas Day, boooo :(
Anyways, it was a lot of fun hosting Christmas Eve! I made baked ziti for dinner with salad & garlic bread & meatballs for the non pasta (mom) & not pasta with red sauce (boys) eaters. My mom made a turtle cheesecake for dessert, YUM! My mom & bonus dad gave their gifts to the kids & we exchanged gifts with my niece & nephew. It was so fun to see all the boys finally, really get it not tearing gifts open!
Getting all the grand kids ready to open gifts together...
Caden, Kellan, Garren, Chandler & Nadia
The boys opening gifts from Aunt Autumn, Uncle Steven, Chandelr & Nadia
Garren very excited about getting some new books!
Check out those thomas sleeping bags & pillows from Nana!
When Donna got home, her & I exchanged gifts with my bonus mom in the quiet without the interruption of the boys. We visited a while & then Santa sat up some gifts for the boys to find in the morning ;)
Topping the Santa list was a Thomas tent & Thomas hats. We also went with balance bikes we got second hand from our favorite BBB triplet family/friends :)