'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Christmas Eve at the Walker Home

'Twas the night before Christmas

And all through the house

Not a creature was stirring
Not even a mouse.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there

The children were nestled all snug in their beds
(or in this case, the couch, at 4:30 in the afternoon)

While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.

After a dinner of cheese tortellini (maybe we are making a new Christmas Eve tradition?) requested by Jaina, the kids opened up their new Christmas PJ's. Jayce likes his so much, in fact, that I am typing this on the morning of Dec. 26th and they are STILL on. I think I may have to convince him to wash them today!

I am so thankful to have my Mommy living by me. I know she misses my brothers and their girlfriends and my nephews terribly, though. Maybe one Christmas we can all be together :)

Before we went to bed, the kids picked out cookies to leave Santa. Cookies, plus chocolate milk, plus a chocolate mint stick, plus celery and carrots for the reindeer. And then Jaina ran back to her room to get this letter:

Wow. Don't you just love it when your kids change their wish list at the LAST MINUTE? But I wasn't too concerned about Jaina's possible disappointment on Christmas Morning. The gifts that Santa chose to bring had been on her list for months and we did remind her that she has a birthday in 5 months. And that there was no way in the world that my 7 year old would be getting a laptop before *I* did :)

The children were asleep just a few minutes after tucking them into bed (thank goodness because I was worried Jayce's impromptu nap would keep him up for hours!). All the gifts had already been wrapped except for the DSi game systems, so I didn't have too much to do. My mom and I sat on the couch and watched a movie until going to bed at 11 PM.

Christmas morning to come....


  1. Wow! Your tree is awesome!

  2. great pictures. i kind of failed on the pics this year i think....

  3. Ohhhh, you took a picture of your countdown. That was a really cute blog. So creative. I can't wait to see your Christmas morning.

  4. wonderful capture of a beautiful time. Your photos speak for themselves, you don't need words.

    Merry Christmas!

    I agree with the lap tap, no way my kids would get one before me. But I have to agree, she's got good taste!

    Your mom is awesome, your blessed.

    I love your tree, it really illuminates beautifully and is really full.

    My boys learned this year that Santa makes his own decisions as to what they will get. Justin didn't do a list, because he didn't really understand or care to. Joshua just wanted a kitten or Xbox games. I don't know what DSI games are, glad Joshua doesn't either. Joshua and Justin got one Xbox game- Indiana Jones2 from my sister and they are hooked. The favorite toy is the HEX Bug Nano habitat set from Jeff! That rocks! and then of course PLEO from Uncle Dave.

    I need to get moving on my Christmas photos.


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