Are you sure I can't open just one gift early? Please?
First of all, we hope everyone had a great Christmas and we are looking forward to 2010!
This Christmas was very different from the typical Melcher Family Christmas of years past in a few ways. First and foremost, it was by far the most hectic. It used to be that we rotated Christmas with my side of the family and Kevin's side of the family since my family used to travel to Minnesota for Christmas. Now that my family stays put in Kansas there is really no reason that we can't try to see everyone during the Holidays, and that is what we tried to do this year. I say try, because Old Man Winter did all he could to try and stop us. I don't know the total snow fall on Christmas Eve, but it must have been close to a foot of snow that fell here. And that wasn't all, we got a couple more inches the following days. On top of trying to celebrate Christmas with both sides of the family, this Christmas also fell on the week that I work. Nothing like working 70 hours the week of Christmas, trying to fit in seeing both sides of the family and contending with the umm..."gift" from Old Man Winter. It didn't seem to bother Kinley at all though, she just went with the flow for the most part and seemed to really enjoy all the excitement, which made everything all worth while.
Here is how Christmas 2009 broke down:
Christmas Eve my parents and sister came over earlier than planned in order to beat the snow. They were super helpful and cooked dinner at our house while I slept during the day. We ate dinner together and then opened up presents.
Then Kinley went to bed and I went to work. My parents and sister stayed at our house so that they were there when I got home from work Christmas morning.
Christmas morning I arrived home to find a shoveled driveway, a cooked breakfast and that Santa had come and left presents for Kinley! After we ate breakfast, Kinley opened her presents from Santa.
Then it was time for her and I to take a nap. We originally planned to go over to Kevin's mom's side of the family that evening, but the weather changed those plans.
The day after Christmas we packed Kinley up and headed over to Kevin's parent's house for breakfast and to visit with his dad's side of the family. Well, those members of the family that were able to make it with the weather. After breakfast, you guessed it, more presents. (Sorry, no pics b/c we forgot to bring our camera.) Then back home so Kinley and I could take our naps. That evening Kevin's parents and sister came over to our house for dinner and presents.
Finally, on Sunday morning we packed Kinley up again and headed out to Kevin's Aunt's house for breakfast with his mom's side of the family. This time we (the adults) opened presents first and then ate breakfast. We fed Kinley as soon as we arrived to help keep her on schedule.
Shortly after breakfast we had to pack up and get home so Kinley and I could take our naps.
I do have to mention the gift that Kevin got me for Christmas. He got me a really nice new camera that takes 4 pictures per second! It was getting hard to take pics of Kinley with our old camera because she rarely sits still anymore. Hopefully with the new camera we will have more pics to upload and will update the blog more often. Maybe that should be a New Year's Resolution, or would that just go by the wayside January 2nd with all the other resolutions?
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!