Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, we were all so happy to be back under one roof again.
I took the mandatory awkward individual photos by the tree after Christmas Eve service.
Some more awkward then others.
Everyone looked so pretty.
One very contagious girl couldn't attend Christmas eve service and this was sad for me but so happy to not be in the hospital.
Impossible to get a photo with everyone smiling, looking and behaving.
But we do try.
After our family dinner we opened a few presents and everyone was happy.
After present opening and the littles were in bed I was feeling so thankful for our family under one roof again and on the mend. We made a little run to this place with some goodies. People that work holidays deserve treats;)
We slept our first night back in our beds with this little girl between us. I wouldn't have had it any other way after sleeping with her every night in the hospital.
This is the face Children make on Christmas morn when one little sister is sleeping and 2 parents won't let them wake her.
Eventually everyone was awake and the fun began.
The day continued to be full of pj's and relaxing for everyone.
In the afternoon we decorated gingerbread houses, one of our favorite activities.
Syd insisted that each girl has their own and I maybe thought that was unnecessary but in the end it was so much fun and she was right. They all need their own. (Less fighting as well.)
Leading up to the week of Christmas I was so stressed out trying to have everything perfect for Christmas for everyone. I was trying to do everything "right" when I was really only focusing on the wrong things. When Cece got so sick so quickly I was forced out the hamster wheel of holiday prep and reminded of what is truly important in my life, my family, our health and the gifts I have been given. I had hours and hours in the hospital to think about my life, hold my baby, hug my other babies when they visited and realize was matters most. I will never forget the Christmas quarantine 2016 when Cece was too contagious to be around everyone. We relaxed, we played, we hung out and we mostly just enjoyed each others company. Sadly sometimes we just need a wake up call, I got it and I am thankful.