i mean, how can it not be merry with a breakfast like this? pinterest inspired this very fun tradition three years ago - we've used it for new year's, snow days, and this year, for christmas eve.
this has definitely been a year where i've struggled to get into the swing of the holidays. having the boys home last week (ALL of them - matthew was off work) definitely helped. monday was spent knee deep in christmas prep. tuesday was spent celebrating at my mom's house, then doing all of our christmas eve traditions (reading all of our christmas books together, tracking santa before bed, cookies and carrorts for santa and his reindeer). and then it was wednesday - christmas was here.
christmas morning was VERY merry, thanks to uncle dan and aunt jill. the boys had been asking for a wii u - and we'd pretty much told them no. after all, they DID get a trip to florida and a new computer this fall.
but sometimes, thanks to christmas magic (and an awesome bro and SiL), big surprises can happen. they had asked us before sending it, and we'd been anticipating this freak out ever since. i had the camera ready, and matthew was ready to catch it on video (warning - cover your ears!)
they liked our presents okay, too. ;) alex got a wacom table, ben got skylanders swap force and sam got disney infinity, along with some books and other odds and ends.
once all the freaking out was done, we spent the rest of the day with family. good company, good food, good memories. very merry. =) i am so thankful for every crazy & sweet moment.