The scene was set. Each ornament carefully hung, and each gift carefully placed under the glowing tree. The Stockings were filled with love, and other treats, while the warm plate of cookies were enjoyed. Everything was perfect, and ready for our children to awake, and fill the house with excitement. Craig and I layed in our warm cozy bed waiting to hear the squills of joy drift into our room as the kids saw what Santa had left for them in the night. We waited...and waited some more. I checked the clock and it was 7:30, so I crept upstairs to get a look..no one stirred. Craig and I got the video camera all set up, ate breakfast, and started to get bored. The kids finally woke up at 9:15! They stayed up so LATE on Christmas eve trying to catch Santa that they just couldn't open their eyes, hahaha. We took our time opening gifts, and simply enjoyed every minute. My Dad and Annabeth stopped in a little later, and he read the kids a sweet Christmas story. We eventually got dressed and spent the rest of the day with the Hall family playing games, eating good food, and laughing. Life was good
I was just fixing to print my 2010 blog book when I realized a couple key posts where missing...because I never wrote them, oops. How could I possibly leave out Halloween? Riddle me this will ya? We had a super fun Halloween this year. We spent it hanging out with grandma Anna, trunk or treating, carving pumpkins, visiting the pediatric unit, and eating LOTS of candy. We started a new tradition this year. We were hanging out at Grandma Annas house with the Tolman crew when Judy announced to her family that they better go so they would have time to visit the pediatric unit at the hospital. I asked why they were going to the hospital, and she told me about their Halloween tradition. After all the trunk or treating, games, and parties are over they go to the hospital to trick or treat the sick kids. But, the "trick" is that they give half of their candy to the sick kids instead of asking for it. I thought this was a brilliant idea! The kids that don't get to trick or treat still get to enjoy some of the sweetness and fun of the holiday, and my kids learn to give...plus they will only be on a sugar high for half the time:)win/win. I love it.