This little guy had the best time on Sunday, opening presents from our extended family, but when it was all over he was ready to GO! His words to me as I grabbed one last hug on his way out the door were “I gotta go, Grammy, Santa’s coming!”
THIS is Christmas! Hayden will be 3 the end of this month, and this is really the first year he’s understood about Santa, and he’s made the most of it. He was first in Santa’s lap last weekend to fill his ear with who knows what, and every day he asks “Is Santa coming today?” He hasn’t quite made the connection between Santa coming and being good, though! But there’s plenty of time for that. Right now, it is just so much fun to see the excitement in his face and the wonderment in his eyes.
We had a house full with all of our kids and grandkids, plus Mike’s brother’s family. We laughed and ate and played with the kids all day long, and I was exhausted when they all finally left about 5PM! Now I look forward to going over to my son’s house on Christmas morning and watching the kids open what Santa brought them. I can hardly wait!
Remember I said Hayden hadn’t made the connection between Santa and being good? This is what you get when you try to get five kids under 12 to sit still for three adults to take pictures of them. Only 2 are paying attention (and one of those is being a monkey!), 2 are laughing at the little one, and my oldest has totally checked out – he’s over the picture-taking thing! (The one in the middle is my great-nephew and the others are my grandies.) It isn’t often that we get them all together so I’ll take any group shots of them I can get.
We don’t exchange gifts among the adults in our family, but each year my DIL makes me a gift that is usually crafty and involves pictures of my grandies. She’s made me scrapbooks, framed collages, photo pillows, and all sorts of things over the years, and every Christmas I get them all out as part of my Christmas display. It is fun to look back as the kids have grown through the years. Although Sandy is not a quilter, this year she made me a quilty gift. She bought a quilt kit that has inserts for photos and added pictures of all my grandies to it. I was touched to tears because she’s the only DIL who takes the time and makes the effort to do something for me handmade. I’ll hang this in my sewing studio where I can see it every day! Nothing better than being surrounded by my grandies in Grandma’s Garden!
The only damper to the day was that my MIL wasn’t able to be with us. She’s been sick for several weeks and just didn’t feel strong enough to come. Everyone went by to see her either before or after they left our house so at least she got to see all of her kids and grandkids, which helped her spirits.