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Christmas morning was great! I love seeing the kids dig into their stockings. I had some bigger plans for the kids' stockings, but those were ruined by two girls peeking in my closet. Oh well, they loved everything in their stockings and it all worked out. Ella's big Santa present was a bow and arrow, Maddi's was a scooter for her American Girl, Brayden's was a Superman and football, and Paisley's was a giggly pig.
My dad and step mom headed for Christmas with her family, and we headed to my mom's house for Christmas with the McGregor side of the family. It was small, but very nice to catch up with my uncles, an Aunt, and a cousin and her little girl. We opened presents and had dinner there. My mom made all the kids pjs and Brayden put his on immediately. She also got each of them a game and we had fun trying them out. The night went too fast, and of course there wasn't enough time spent over there.
Thursday morning was spent watching the kids play football in dad's backyard. Paisley napped in my arms, as Brayden, Ella, and Maddi tried to figure out how to catch, throw, kick, and tackle. Then came the task of packing up everything, getting some snacks together, and figuring out how to fit everything in the car.
It took forever to pack up and make sure we had everything we needed to bring home. Marco packed up the car (then I repacked it so everything would fit better). The car was packed full, and I don't think we could have fit anything else.
We headed to get the dogs and start our long drive home. Paisley did good on the first leg of the drive home, but not so much after we stopped for dinner. She threw a huge fit, so we ended up pulling over so I could feed her again in the car. It worked out though, because Brayden needed to go potty while we were stopped. Once I thought I had her calmed down, we started back on the road and she started throwing a mega fit. So much so, that I had to switch spots with Ella while we were driving. There was no where to pull over, and I wasn't about to have Marco pull off to the side to possibly be hit by a semi. So Ella and I switched spots. She loved sitting in the front for the few minutes it took me to get Paisley calmed down and asleep. Then, we switched back. It was an exciting drive home, needless to say.
Unpacking the car when we got home was no fun, but we managed to get everything in the house. Then we opened up our gifts to each other. The kids did an amazing job of picking out gifts for each other. This year instead of dollar store gifts, Marco took them to use $5 for one thoughtful gift. Brayden got each of the girls a Ty animal from Cracker Barrel. Both Ella and Maddi found great gifts but they were over their $5 spending limit. Both girls said they would give their own money from their piggy banks to make up the difference. What amazing girls! Maddi got Brayden a superman shirt with a cape, Ella Hello Kitty slippers, and Paisley a little piano toy. Ella got Paisley a ball toy, Brayden a superman cape, and Maddi some silly stompers slippers. I really love that they enjoy buying and giving to each other.
We had an amazing Christmas and the only thing that would have made it better would have been getting more time with everyone. I am glad that the kids and I went in early with out Marco, it meant I was able to spend time with my two best friends. Even with all the stress, I am very happy we made the decision to go leave the house for Christmas. The kids had a blast, and it was more than worth it!!
Thank you if you read it all :) I didn't realize when I started writing about our Christmas that it would end up so long!