because my family flies to detroit for christmas with our extended families every year, we always celebrate our own christmas a bit early. this year, it was yesterday.
we woke up (well, to be accurate, as paybacks for the many times i woke up my parents when i was younger, max woke us up) and opened our stockings (hung by the fire!). these were just fun little gifties. then we made a big ol’ pancake breakfast together.
after the yums, we gathered in the living room for gift opening. here are a few pics.
the kids (with help from jeannie) got me a sector 9 longboard, which i’d wanted, but thought i wasn’t getting:
i’d had a good deal of airline miles, and decided to do something creative with them for our family. so, i gave jeannie and max a trip to london (over spring break), and jeannie gave me and liesl a trip to paris (same time). the gifts were done creatively. i had five gifts wrapped together for jeannie and max: some tea, some shortbread, then a street map of london, and a book called “visiting london with kids”, and, finally, a print out of the flight itinerary. here’s that moment:
concurrently, liesl and i were opening gifts from jeannie: a baguette, some brie, a beret, a paris tour book, then the flight itinerary. a couple of those moments: