Christmas Eve we woke up and headed to Cracker Barrel. Fred and I started this tradition when we were dating and we attended 7 (Yes, literally 7.) Christmas celebrations. We figured that no matter where our Christmas celebration found us we could always locate a Cracker Barrel. The boys are very thankful for this tradition. Since a little stomach virus seemed to plague our house appetites were a little suppressed. It didn't matter. We still had a blast as a family.
We came home and got in bed at a pretty good hour. We told the boys they couldn't get up before 5:30 am. I think the picture below was taken at 5:37 am. Each year we play some kind of game before we open presents. The boys love it...not really, but Fred and I get a good laugh. Each boy has their own wrapping paper, but the kicker is that they don't know whose is whose. That's where the game comes in. Last year they went on a scavenger hunt. This year we played a game where they rolled two die to get a seven. When they got a seven (6 and 1, 5 and 2, 3 and 4) they had to put on a scarf, hat and Fred's jacket. If they could do that before the next brother rolled a seven they could open the present. What they didn't know was it was a present, inside a present, inside a present, inside a present. Jack was the first one to open the present. He stood up (at 5:42 am) ,pointed at his brothers and shouted, "Suckers!" Feel the Christmas love. Then he quickly realized it just lead to another present. They had to play again and again until they got to the last box that contained envelopes with a sample of their wrapping paper. Good times. For the rest of the day they would ask if we had to roll dice to do this. Ha!
My brother didn't come in until Saturday morning so mom encouraged Fred and I to go out on a date. She really twisted my arm. Not really. We were out the door before she got the words out of her mouth!! We had a funeral visitation to go to and then headed to dinner at Outback since we had a gift card. I do love an Outback special with macaroni and cheese and a chopped salad. Honestly, it's perfection for a chain restaurant. While we were out the boys enjoyed a little time at Sky Zone. Win win for everyone involved!
It's all put up and organized neatly in a closet. It really is the best feeling.
Andrew is here with his partner in crime. They are two peas in a pod. I love these guys. Every time I look at these pictures I get a lump in my throat.