Christmas 2019

On the 16th we went to look at lights around town with friends. It was even a bit chilly.

Christmas Eve at home with cheese fondue with fresh bread and hot chocolate. And a couple of terrible, low-light pictures of the girls opening gifts to each other. Heather received a fossil dig kit and Corinne received 2 Magna-Tile plates (she ran around the house screaming she was so excited).

We added an alicorn and a narwhal to our Christmas lights this year. The alicorn immediately required replacement supports as it would fall over in a slight breeze and its lights are already having issues. So it may have to be returned. But the girls _loved_ it.

And I upgraded our "fire" with some flame-effect lights mounted on a board at the back of the fireplace. Surprisingly convincing in peripheral vision.

Christmas Morning!

I made another Bûche de Noël this year. Unlike last year I skipped all the hazelnut parts and went with a filling of dark-chocolate creme & chocolate-chips with dark-chocolate ganache frosting and chocolate chips for garnish. It was pretty good.

Christmas 2017

Heather had a Holiday Concert for school on the 18th.  She had a blast.  The program was all 4 kindergarten classes at her school so the multi-purpose room was packed.  Luckily she's a head taller than most of the other kids in her class so I was still able to get a couple pictures of her through the crowd.

Then it was quickly in to Christmas Eve with our own little "program."  Heather read us "Santa from Cincinnati":

After the program the girls opened their presents for each other:

Corinne fell asleep clutching the trowel from the garden tool set.  Heather woke up at no-one-knows-but-possibly-2-something and colored in about 3 feet of her 10-foot space coloring roll.

After bed Santa arrived bringing a fully edible dig site for Heather:

And in the very early morning we snapped an obligatory don't-move-yet shot:

You'll notice it is still dark outside.  Heather had been up possibly since as early as 2-something, but no later than 4.  Corinne was up starting at 4:30.  We held them off until 6:30, but couldn't keep them contained any longer.

Corinne got a chair in her favorite color:

Heather was a super helper handing out gifts from under the tree.

Corinne is enamored of this plane.

Jess is pleased with her yarn bowl:

After a brief break for some much-needed breakfast, the sun had risen, and the unwrapping was complete.  Now, nap time.