Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas Eve 2015

Christmas EVE!  The Little Nies were a little hyper, 
and when I say little, I mean a whole lot hyper.
We planned to see Star Wars in the early afternoon, and they couldn't wait.  
What do your kids do when they are excited and have to be patient? My kids tease:

And they get on my phone and download Star Wars 
apps and make thousands of photos of themselves, like so:
We finally got them all in the car and ran last minute Christmas errands.  
I had to deliver a few more gifts to friends and neighbors, and we stopped by
 The Sweet Tooth Fairy for some delicious treats
 to enjoy over the Christmas weekend.  
Thank goodness for those treats, it was so nice to have something 
super yummy on hand!
Luckily we finished our Hygge Star Wars marathon 
in time and we all really loved the new film- even Lottie did!
She actually sat and watched the entire thing (even without a binkie!!!)

After dinner we walked into the parking lot to a pink sky.  
The world around us was oddly quiet and calm.  
My brother Andrew told us as we walked to to our cars that there would 
be a storm coming tonight. Best news EVER.
We drove home, lit our luminaries and gifted 
The Little Nies their Christmas pajamas.
I got matching one-piece pj's for Claire, Jane, Oliver, and Nicholas.
 Sadly I couldn't find a matching pajamas for Lottie.  
She didn't care, I could tell she could feel the the energy of 
her siblings because she was so happy and pleasant. 
 We read about Christ's birth and the Nativity in the scriptures
 before we hustled the children off to bed where I 
shut the door and put bells on the handle so there would be no sneaking around.
They were so excited!  Claire texted me a few photos of them all in bed together.
Mr. Nielson and I stayed up late working on gifts and wrapping.
Oddly enough that's my favorite part about Christmas Eve.
 We have so much fun together.  I purposely don't 
have everything wrapped for Christmas Eve so we can enjoy that time together.
We finally got to bed around 1:45; the house was quite and outside the snow 
piled up.  It was amazing.  Truly a beautiful Christmas miracle! 
At 3:30 am,  I woke up to running pitter-patter feet upstairs above my bedroom.
It took me a few minutes to realize that 
it was The Little Nies AWAKE!  Did I mention it was 3:30 AM?!
I called Claire's phone and told her to get to bed immediately!
I acted super mad, but secretly I totally know how she felt.  
I think I stayed awake for a few hours after watching
 the snow fall out my window.  My bedroom was lit up from the glow of the snow.
It was magical in every way.
 Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!