Saturday, December 29, 2012

Our Sweet and Simple Christmas

We arrived home on Christmas Eve afternoon.  We had celebrated the holiday with Nonnie in Houston a few days earlier, then took a load of furniture to the lake house.  We were all tired on arrival but looking forward to a low-stress Christmas.  Ma-Mas, Pa-Pa, Uncle Clint, Dana, Libby, and Bill all came over for our tradition of chili and tamales and a couple of gifts.  We enjoyed the evening but it was an early night for everyone.
Cooper, the night before Christmas.
Cooper, the night before Christmas, pretending to be a...well, I am not sure exactly.
Penny, deep in thought on Christmas Eve.
Santa came!  At first we thought it looked a little sparse under the tree.  Our simple Christmas, however, was glorious!  The kids weren't overwhelmed by stuff, and we weren't overwhelmed by the mess (or stress). 
Not wasting any time on Christmas morning.  Cooper and Penny dove into their new toys and played happily all morning long.  Mom and Dad drank coffee and relaxed.  (Did I already use the word "glorious"?)
Ralph was pleased with his Christmas gift.
 After a quiet morning at home, we went to Ma-Mas and Pa-Pa's house for more holiday fun.
Tearing into the presents at Ma-Mas and Pa-Pa's house.
A little assistance from Uncle Clint.
We had a sweet and simple Christmas that was filled with family, fun, laughs, and peace. We couldn't have asked for more.

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