As it turns out, I'm terrible at taking pictures during exciting events. Also, our camera battery is on the fritz so it says one minute full battery, the next minute dead battery & so on... causing us to miss photo ops.
We had a really nice Christmas. We made the kids take turns opening gifts. (Last year it was a free-for-all and over in 20 seconds. I didn't like that.) Ian and Aaron each had very reasonable wish lists and therefore received exactly what they asked for. Lauren got a shopping cart from Goodwill. (Awesome find! The same day we found it for $4.99 at Goodwill, I had placed it in my shopping cart at walmart.com for $25, but decided to wait another day!) Everyone seems happy with their presents and we're still enjoying our time together.
We went to my sister Emily's house on Christmas day and enjoyed a meal, each other's company, and cookies. The weather was mild and the kids even got to play outside together!
The thing about Christmas for me right now, though, is that when it comes to time spent away from my kids (in the kitchen baking, at the stores preparing), I'm glad it only comes once a year. I felt like I had hardly spent any time with the kids last Friday, even though we'd been in the same house all day. I'm sure for Roger that means he feels like he spent the entire day with them (because he did), but for me, I miss them when I'm distracted by baking & preparing.
Onward to 2012. I wonder what God has in store for us!