Christmas 2009 will soon fade into memory, and hopefully both Josephine and Sam will remember it fondly. They began with Mommy taking them to church, and then were dropped off at my house. We left cookies and Mommy's bourbon balls for Santa, and then were off to a very late bedtime. And then, magically there were presents under the tree when they woke up!
We waited for Mommy to come over before opening the major presents, but went ahead and opened the stockings first.
While we waited, Sam and Jo eyed the presents with glee.
Daddy's version of Santa got each child a box of Legos.
Sam's favorite present for the first part of Christmas was this dragon.
After opening presents at Forest Hills, we drove in the rain to Lynchburg to see Grandma Phyllis and Granddad. They were happy to see us.
Then we opened up more presents after Auntie Sandra, Uncle Scott, Ryan and Allison arrived.
They enjoyed this present that Allison got from Grandma and Granddad, with Jo pointing out the Mona Lisa.
Of course, it would not be a Christmas without something mermaid related. This year, something for daddy's bathroom.
This is one of my favorite pictures of the day.
And, of course, there's always Jo White.
Finally, the day ended the same way it began - with stockings being unwrapped. Sam was absolutely exhausted, as you could imagine and as you can clearly see here. This was his first real Christmas, and I'm so blessed to have been able to spend it with him.
Yet, seconds later, look how his face lights up at the prospect of yet another truck!
Merry Christmas, Happy Boxing Day, and a happy and peaceful 2010 to all!