This year Dan didn't have to work for a couple of days before Christmas, so we headed to the coast midday on the 23rd and stayed until lunchtime on the 26th. We didn't get the same yurt this year, but instead ended up with a yurt closer to the lake path and with a huge "side yard" where the kids could run around. It was great. I was really bad about taking pictures (if you click on the above link, you can get a general idea of what the yurt looked like) but did manage a few with my phone when we went on a nice walk around the lake.
The 23rd and 24th were perfect weather days. Nice and dry and not too cold. We had a lot of fun being outside and enjoying our time together.
Christmas eve brought another walk/exploring adventure for Dan and the older two while I stayed behind to make sure Leona and Jonny got their much needed naps... okay, I took a nap too. It was lovely. :) We came better prepared with food this time and had a super tasty Christmas Eve dinner of soup and crackers... which, trust me, beat last year by leaps and bounds. Then it was on to opening up the traditional Christmas Eve present of jammies.
|Jonny was late coming to the picture|
|Apparently he had something in his eye... and slime all over his face. Gross.|
This year, I threw the kids a surprise and gave them two presents to open....
a new tradition of a board game to open too... it was a huge hit!!
Jonny wanted to put on his jammies right away....
he got really mad, when I merely kept taking pictures instead of helping him change.
After getting ready for bed we attempted to play a few games. We went with Chutes and Ladders as it was the most completely family friendly game, it didn't go very well though because Jonny wouldn't leave the playing pieces were they went and kept running away with the spinner.
The kids fell asleep pretty quickly and easily which was good, because the one downside of staying in a one room circle with a radius of 20 feet, at Christmas, is Santa's ability to bring his presents without waking everyone up. :)