Today was just about the perfect winter day. Not too cold. Snow in the morning. The kids spent the day enjoying some much-loved Christmas gifts.
This afternoon I took the boys out sledding on the little hill behind our house. Our three eldest children received sleds and helmets for Christmas. The boys have already been out a couple times with their new sleds this week. They had a ball sliding down the hill and trudging back up this afternoon. (They also discovered that the incline along the side of the house is a pretty sweet sliding spot.) The weather for sledding was absolutely ideal and Mommy had a great time too!
Ben and I gave the children a little CD player and several Focus on the Family radio dramas for Christmas. Our eldest son, in particular, loves listening to the CDs. He set up a mini "radio theatre" in his bedroom, complete with chairs for the audience. The kids have been listening to the Chronicles of Narnia in their new "theatre".
I think this was one of the first Christmases Ben and I didn't feel overwhelmed by gifts. (Thank you, family! We really appreciate you all.) Our kids received some great things: passes to the zoo and Heritage Park, sleds and skates, clothes, books, a few toys (none requiring batteries!), a small DVD player and some movies. We gave our children the aforementioned CDs and a few new costumes for their dress-up box. Our kids were definitely blessed but Christmas wasn't over the top.
We are very, very thankful!