They got dressed and ready for the evening! Aunt Sissy and Uncle Danny ARE coming tonight!!! We get to go to church as a family! The kids could barely stand to wait!
When Billy got home, we said a prayer of thanks for this whole reason for the season, Jesus! Then we went ahead and exchanged our family gifts (the kids couldn't wait any longer!). Daddy really surprised Blake with something unexpected...his very own laptop! He aspires to be an author and famous YouTube-er...so now he has everything he needs! Taylor got a cotton candy machine, skates for her build-a-bear doggy, and some other goodies! Our big family gift was a ping pong table in the basement, with the game room ready! Daddy got a surround system (that wasn't what we wanted, so we exchanged it for a Taxi Songwriter's Membership!), some décor for his studio, and exotic coffee. I was blessed with some special gifts from the kids...a new wooly throw, a silver sea turtle keychain, and the best of all...Billy wrote me a song and sent it to my email, for me to listen to! He followed that by making a beach puzzle into another gift...a family vacation this summer! We really love getting that quiet, unplugged time together.
Aunt Sissy and Uncle Danny showed up, bearing gifts for the kiddos too! Both kids ended up with a whole set of MineCraft Plushies! Just them being here was gift enough, this was our favorite part! We loved going to church together...we decided to visit the new location of Faith Church in Weldon Springs. Its a larger church than we are accustomed to but we all really enjoyed the Christmas music, candle light by cell phone, and the message was spot on! We all left, full of joy, peace, and ready to have a blessed 2015 ahead!
Back at the house, we had our appetizers, made cotton candy, played ping pong & wii together. We got ready for Santa to come, Daddy read our traditional, "Twas the Night Before Christmas" book, the kids went upstairs with Aunt Sissy & Uncle Danny (we had to put a baby gate at the top of the stairs to keep Taylor up there, so she wouldn't scare away Santa- it ended up locking Aunt Sissy up there too and they barely made it downstairs when Tay started crying to sleep with us...LOL!) It was a wonderful wonderful night!