"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas Eve

'Twas the night before christmas and off to Jen's with one croupy and feverish kid (Gabriel), one semi-croup kid (Simone) and one super-teething, fussy and fever-on-the-way baby. Everyone was terribly glad to see us there. ;)

Despite the contagious germs floating around, we managed to have some fun... presents will do that you know! The smorgasbord of food didn't hurt either.

The kids cleaned up nice with gifts from Grampy Allen, Jacqueline, and the Quinlivans. New dress-up outfits, Leapsters, trains & dinosaur excavation kits to name a few!

By the time we got home, Simone was the only one able to put out the cookies and milk for Santa as Gabriel had conked out after a dose of Motrin. We had to remind her that she wouldn't actually get to SEE Santa or feed the reindeer which is quite the bummer when you're a 2-year-old animal enthusiast.
Rich and I (and Caden of course, who doesn't like to miss a thing) were able to get to bed by midnight after all the last minute wrapping and arranging presents.

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