Sunday, December 25, 2011

A perfect, uneventful Christmas

It was so nice to just relax today and not have to go anywhere! Jerry came home from work at 6:30 this morning, so when he got home, the kids opened their gifts. We decided to get them each just three gifts this year. In the past, we have always gone overboard, focusing on quantity over quality, and most of the stuff just winds up in the back of the boys' closet.

So this year, we focused on things they really wanted, and bought them each three gifts. One of Eli's was a set of books called Junie B. Jones. His teacher read them one, and he loved it--he kept asking me if I could buy him the Junie B. Jones book that his teacher has. So I went on E-bay and found a gently used complete set of them. Eli was THRILLED when he opened them. I have never seen a kid get so excited over books!
He kept telling me thank you, over and over again. They're chapter books, and he's only 5 years old, so I have to read them to him. But I totally don't mind doing that--I'm just thrilled that he wanted books for Christmas :)  We already read one of them today.

Noah's favorite gift was an iPod touch. He's been begging for one for a long time. We told him we couldn't get it, because it was too expensive and he would have to save his money for it. So he was very surprised and excited when he opened it.
After they opened gifts, I made a breakfast that I only make once a year (on Christmas morning): biscuits and sausage gravy. We used to eat this all the time when Jerry and I were fat, but once we started losing weight, we stopped having it (except for Christmas). It was delicious! I had one biscuit and about 1/3 cup of gravy... when I was fat, I would have eaten about five biscuits and half the pan of gravy!

Speaking of breakfast, I got to make something yesterday that I've been wanting to make ever since I first tried Cookie Butter ...Oats in a Cookie Butter jar!  I made cinnamon-raisin oats (cold) and put them in the almost-empty Cookie Butter jar, scraping the sides as I ate it. It was heavenly!
On second thought, maybe it was a little more than "almost empty"  ;)

Kelli, a reader of my blog, wrote me an e-mail saying that she found something I just "had to have"... and she sent it to me in the mail. It's an adorable ornament, and so perfect for cookie-loving me!!

Tomorrow is the big 6-week mark since my surgery!! I get to stop wearing my compression garment :)

Well, Eli is waiting for me to play Go Fish with him... Merry Christmas everyone!!


  1. Merry Christmas Katie! I am glad you had a good Christmas

  2. My daughter LOVED her Junie B Jones books. I actually enjoyed reading them to her (before sh could read them herself). They are very cute books.

    Merry Christmas to you!!

  3. Merry Christmas! I love the Junie B. Jones books to this day - especially the one about the stupid, smelly bus. My kids are 9 and 12. This year we noticed the number of gifts went down, but not the cost. They are now interested in expensive things like skis, laptops, etc.

    You must be SO glad to take off that compression garment!

  4. Merry Christmas!!

  5. Have a happy Christmas, Katie! What'd you get got for Christmas?

  6. I love the Junie B Jones series...they are chapter books but they are pretty short. My kids are both grown but I still keep up with the new ones when they come out because I like them that much!

  7. Junie B. Jones is a great series and I think its wonderful your son was so excited about books for Christmas !! I agree about them getting way too much and not appreciating though. We also incorporate things for our two that they actually NEED and they are just as appreciative as the fun gifts. Glad to hear your Christmas was so enjoyable !!

  8. Christmas is SO much easier when Santa is no longer in the equation. Charlie made a list and said he knows how much everything costs, so he didn't expect to get everything. Before, it would have been about Santa getting everything. Second, we came home from my f-i-l's on Christmas Eve, the kids went in their rooms and we just dragged everything down the stairs and started unloading it under the tree and in their stockings. No waiting for them to fall asleep (and falling asleep ourselves) or a look-out guy! So much less stress!!

  9. Merry Christmas! I just have to say that Destiny (my daughter) LOVES Junie B. Jones and she has the whole book set. I started out reading them to her and now she reads them to me (she just turned 10). We really do love those books, their so funny! I'm glad you guys had a good Christmas!

  10. Glad you had a great holiday. Hope you're comfortable today out of your garment! -- Joan

  11. Sounds like a great Christmas - that's awesome your kiddo likes you to read to him... I hope mine are the same way when they get bigger!

  12. So glad to see you had a Merry Christmas! I love the idea of quality of quantity, I'm going to have to remind myself of that when we have kids! Ughh help me make sure not to spoil the crap out of them.... :)

  13. Oh my! That picture of Eli with his book...he looks just like Jerry! Too cute!!


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