Jerry was off work on Christmas Eve and Christmas, which never happens, so it was nice having him home. I got up at around 6:00 on Christmas morning, and the kids were still sleeping. I fully expected them to wake us up by 5:00 ;)
I went into the kitchen to make some tea, and all three cats were crowded around the kids' backpacks, which were leaning against the wall. Jerry, who had been up since 5:00, said that the cats had been there the whole time. I thought that was weird, so I picked up the backpacks, and immediately saw a tiny little rodent run behind the trash can in the kitchen. The cats went nuts, and I shoo'ed them away while watching the trash can like a hawk. I freaked for a minute, wondering if maybe the gerbils got out; Jerry checked the gerbil cage, and they were fine, so I knew it was a mouse.
I didn't want to kill the mouse, so we very carefully set up a barrier around the garbage can, and then I lifted the can out. The poor mouse was crouched in the corner. I set a small bucket over him, and then we slid a magazine underneath to trap him inside. Jerry took him out to the woods to let him go :)
Poor little thing was probably scared to death, with the cats all torturing him. Three cats, and we still manage to have a mouse in the house? They're useless! ;)
Noah woke up at around 7:30, so we just decided to wake up Eli. The kids opened their gifts. Their "big" gift this year was an iPad Mini--of course they were super excited about that. They had asked for a Kindle so they could read books on it, but the iPad Mini wasn't all that much more expensive, so I got that instead.
Jerry and the kids got me a new electric throw blanket, which I'm thrilled with! My old one wasn't getting very warm, even on the high setting. The new one is pretty hot, even on the lowest setting. Not that I've used it much, because the cats have been hogging it!
Phoebe and Estelle hate each other, and you never see them this close together unless they're fighting; but they set aside their differences so they could enjoy the warmth of the blanket ;)
The gift we got Jerry was a Star Wars hoodie. He loves Star Wars, and he's been wanting this hoodie for a while:
After a lazy morning, I asked Noah if he'd want to go for a run with me. His Uncle Nathan (my brother) bought him a Garmin 10 for Christmas, so I thought he'd want to try it out. It was super nice outside--warm for Christmas! We ran around our neighborhood, which is a mile, and he did great. He hasn't been running much, so I was really impressed that he could actually go the whole mile, let alone a sub-10!
After I dropped him off at home, I headed out for two more miles on my own.
After a shower and putting my pajamas back on (yay, Christmas!) Jerry and I played The Game of Life with the kids (one of their Christmas gifts). I hadn't played that game in a long time! The new version is quite a bit different than the older version I was used to.
Jerry and I spent the rest of the afternoon watching Breaking Bad. We finished the series. It's funny, I had watched the entire series already, but I had forgotten everything that happened, so it was like watching it for the first time again.
It was a good couple of days with the family. The weather was amazing today--45 degrees and sunny. I am hoping for a mild winter. Last year was all the snowy/icy weather I could take! I've been thinking about my goals for 2015, and I'm super excited about them. I'll write a post about that this week!