We had a wonderful Christmas eve and Christmas day with Reed, Lisa, Zac and Lucy - warm fire, warm vibes, nothing but fun. Annie slaved away in the kitchen and made a fantastic dinner. I didn't help much, I'm afraid, but somebody had to play with Lucy and Zac, right? After dinner, Reed assembled the wagon that Annie and I bought for Lucy. I tried to kibitz Reed's assembly efforts but then it seemed like more fun to join the others in a game of dominos. After the game, Lisa joined Lucy in the guest bedroom and Reed, Zac, Annie and I all piled into our bed and watched an episode of Monk (from Netflix) on the projection screen before retiring to dream of reindeer and sugar plums.
Zac is a very sweet and attentive big brother. He and Lucy have a squirmy but terrific relationship
|Sometimes, Lucy can be tough to hold on to. She is big, heavy (not fat but solid) and strong.|
|Lucy worships her big brother and follows him around adoringly.|
|Reed, reclining by the fire, is joined by his kids in similar form.|
|After dinner, Lucy has gone to bed and Annie gets a break from the kitchen.|
It's Christmas morning and Lucy is the first one awake.
"Wake up, daddy and look at my new tricycle and wagon!"
|Despite the day, Zac takes his time getting out of bed.|
|Lucy gets her first breakfast before the chaos begins. She will eat again when we have breakfast later.|
|I was still asleep when it happened but, I'm told, when Lucy saw this trike she started jumping up and down.|
|The wagon is a big hit too. Here Lucy moves it into place to fill it.|
|And in go all the animal friends.|
|Finally awake, Zac warms up by the fire.|
|Once warmed up, Zac takes on the majority of the Santa duties.|
When all the presents have been distributed, we feast on Annie's fabulous sausage souffle, fruit salad, sweet bread and mimosas.
After breakfast, we make a few attempts to take a traditional self-timer group portrait by the tree. This is try #3. Annie is still in her sassy pajamas (as Lisa calls them).
|Then we go out for our traditional walk around the neighborhood. Zac gets the fun job of pulling Lucy in her new red wagon.|
|Out on Fearless Treadway, Reed gives Zac a break from his wagon-pulling job. Note that Sawyer the cat has come all the way with us.|
|Now we go back downhill through the ag field. Nana has taken the camera so grandpa can get in a picture.|
|Heading on down the road after a beautiful walk.|
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