This Christmas was Carlie Jane’s second and Donny’s first. Carlie really seemed to understand this year that there was a surprise under the wrapping paper and Donny understood there was a lot of crinkley paper on the floor. We enjoyed sharing Christmas Eve and Christmas afternoon with John’s family.
On Christmas Eve there was an arrival of another Bryan cousin, Katie Noel Bryan, to Steve and Emily. They are in Atlanta and we aren’t able to see little Katie but have enjoyed pictures.
On Christmas Eve we had a family gift exchange and watched “A Christmas Carol” together. The babies were all little over tired since we have been so busy recently. A late night Christmas Eve made them tired Christmas morning. We shared a pancake breakfast, complete with Maine maple syrup Dad and Mum made and sent to us in the spring, and, after reading the Christmas story, we opened the tree and then the stockings. I know it was a little backwards but I was hoping Donny would wake up and they could open stockings together. He slept through the tree gifts and had to open his after he woke up. The stockings Mrs Wardwell knitted for the babies looked so beautiful hanging on the mantel. I still marvel at the perfect work and detail that was put into them.
Thank you so much to all the friends and family who mailed gifts to us. We really appreciate all the effort to keep us close over Christmas when I miss you all more then ever. It means so much!
After the gifts the babies and John took a nap for a few hours and after they woke up we went over to Dad and Mum Bryan’s for dinner and the evening. Carlie and John went on a long walk together in the evening. It was chilly and when they returned John had Carlie zipped up into his coat with him.
It was a wonderful day with many great memories. I can’t wait until next December! Happy New Year!