I told Ryan that I would be home from work at 7:55am on Christmas morning, and that he should be up and ready to open presents as soon as I got home. And that is when the first of four Christmas celebrations began!
I walked in the house to find Ryan waiting on the couch for me. He had the fireplace on and was resting with Fergie :) (Note: I hate that picture on the wall, but Ryan loves it.)
I changed out of my scrubs and went out to the mudroom to let the dogs in the house. Usually, as soon as I open the door to the kitchen, the dogs race in the house, but only Logan came running in. I thought that Liberty must have been outside, but then after searching further, I realized that she was just too lazy and warm to come out of her crate!
Ryan and I took turns opening gifts that we got for each other. The biggest present under the tree was for me, and I had a feeling I knew what was in this box. I won't be sharing it with all of you for another week or so :)
One of the most exciting presents I got was sewing machine!!! I have NO idea how to sew, but I plan to take a class at one of the local craft stores.
After messing around with the dogs for a little while, we got ready to head to our next destination.
For the past 13 years, my family has spent Christmas morning at my grandparent's house. With the passing of my nana in September, this was the first year that we wouldn't be doing that. Still, we wanted to visit my grandfather, and he was over having breakfast with the rest of the family at my brother's house. By the time we got there, my aunt had brought Pa back to his own house, so we went to see him and bring him his Christmas scratch tickets.
Ryan and I left Pa's and headed over to his dad's and grandparents' house. I always love seeing his meme and pepe, because I think they are two of the sweetest grandparents in the world. I also love seeing his cousins and all their kids :) We weren't expecting the amount of presents that we received there either. One of the best gifts: My father in law and his fiance got us a lightpost for the front of our house. What a genius gift! I can't wait til it's installed!
Finally, we headed over to Ryan's mom's house for Christmas dinner. My mother in law is one of the most generous people I have ever met, especially on special days like Christmas! We all exchanged presents and then relaxed in front of the tv. Ry's mom got us some really cool and thoughtful presents including a video camera! We've never had a video camera, and I am so excited about it!
By this time, I was up for almost 24 hours and feeling pretty sick. Ryan ate and we headed home. I proceeded to sleep for the 16 hours, and then my mother in law brought us some leftover dinner :) She also brought some prime rib bones for the dogs--an annual treat that they absolutely LOVE!
I didn't get a lot of pictures by this time, because I was a zombie, but remember Andy and Heather from their fall engagement photo shoot? Heather's grandfather made her a puzzle out of one of the pictures that I took, and they were doing the puzzle in this picture.
Hopefully, by next year, my days of working holidays will be over. We'll see!