Heather is still recovering from Christmas and a day at the hospital, so I thought I’d tell you about our Christmas Eve. When she’s feeling better she’ll tell you about our Christmas Day.
Getting married complicates Christmas a little because you suddenly have to find a way to celebrate with not one but two families. Luckily for Heather and me, we’ve come up with an arrangement that allows Annie (and us) to enjoy the holiday with both sides of her family.
Since my sister, Monica, and her family moved to Southern California a few years ago, we’ve started getting together to celebrate Christmas – along with our parents who come down from the Bay Area – on Christmas Eve. This allows us to have a “Spohr” family Christmas, and then another celebration with Heather’s family the next day.
This year’s Spohr family festivities were at Monica’s house, and started with the adults catching up while the kids either played Wii (Danny, Spencer, and, uh, me) or enjoyed a tea party (Annie, Michaela, and, uh, Heather). Later, we ate lasagna and tried to dream up baby names for our newest family member who will be arriving next year.
Exchanging presents was next, and Annie cracked everyone up with how over-the-top excited she was. She literally shrieked at the top of her lungs while opening each and every one of her gifts. Best of all, though, was when she raised her hands over her head as if her team just won the Super Bowl upon opening my sister’s present of the Play-Doh Princess Castle. (I guess she wasn’t kidding about wanting that Play-Doh.)
Annie and Michaela about to tear into a present
It was a terrific evening, but it wasn’t long before it was time to say goodnight so we could get Annie in bed ahead of Santa’s arrival at our house (and so that Mommy and Daddy could start wrapping). On the drive back, however, Annie could not stop talking about playing with her Play-Doh princess castle once we got home. I tried my best to talk her into waiting until the next day:
“But you need to go to sleep so Santa can come down our chimney and bring us your presents. If you’re not asleep he won’t come to our house!”
“I don’t need Santa to come,” Annie replied. “I got Play-Doh!”
Since it was Christmas Eve, I cut the kid a break and let her play some Play-Doh. There may have been a few (or few dozen) shrieks of joy out of my little Play-Doh addict.
Thankfully, Annie’s lids soon grew heavy and she gladly went to bed to dream about her next Christmas celebration in the morning. The kid really lucks out with this two Christmases business, huh?
Great post I hope Heather recovers soon.
My niece age 2.5 received socks for Christmas among other very cool presents but the socks she was jumping up and down! It was great.
Adorable!! I remember I was always a Scrooge with the Play Doh becuase my kids made such a mess with it…eek. Mean Mom. I hope Heather is feeling better.
Pro tip regarding the Play-Doh…go to the local dollar store and buy a few vinyl tablecloths. You spread one or two over the floor for Annie to play on and it contains the mess. Works great especially if you have carpet. My mom was a Scrooge with the stuff, so I wanted to figure out a way not to be with my kids. It worked 99% of the time.
A belated Merry Christmas to y’all!
Nine months, nine innings… there has to be some baseball related way to make this time tick by like a game. Hope Heather is on the mend quickly and doesn’t need too many hospital stays until it’s go time.
While I love “two Christmas” stuff, I’m really hoping we can have both of our families over to our house for Christmas next year. Recovering from all of the driving for us stinks, my husband’s parents live 2 hours away. It seems no matter what we do, Dec 27 is a recovery day for us both.
I have an idea… you should buy her diamonds at the end of every inning.
Diamonds are baseball related, but so much easier to carry around than a giant foam finger and a pennant flag.
So Glad you all had a GREAT time playing this Christmas! Please give Heather a hug from me & wish her well.
Hope Heather is feeling better soon!
So glad Annie enjoyed her christmas. Praying for Heather and all of you.
Hope you had a great Christmas! Get well soon Heather!
And I had to do a double take… Annie and Auntie Monica look so much alike!
Happy Christmas, Spohr family. I hope Heather is feeling well very very soon.
Sorry Heather wasn’t feeling well. It should be illegal to feel I’ll on Christmas (I say this having been there).
Also, the “I got my play-d’oh” comment totally cracked me up, which interrupted grandma reading to the kiddo, and she totally rolled her eyes at me.
Annie’s hair is GORGEOUS!
Awww, what a great Christmas eve story, although I’m sorry heather is sick. Annie is so cute and that story is one of the cutest yet. Kids are really awesome, aren’t they?
Love Annie’s enthusiasm! And way to go Auntie Monica for getting the princess play-doh!! LOL
I have a great recipe for you for when the store-bought runs out! I’ll tag Heather on FB if I remember…I posted pix of a lot of my fun with kids recipes there.