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Christmas 2014 has been wondrous from the beginning to the end. I got a peek at the tree shortly after Santa left. It left me teary-eyed, as always.

After Santa came (and left)

After Santa came (and left)

I was up for nearly two hours before anyone else…not a creature was stirring (except the Grammy). Then I heard the Olivia mouse tiptoeing down the hall.

Olivia getting acquainted with her new Baby Alive while the rest of the family slept in.

Olivia getting acquainted with her new Baby Alive while the rest of the family slept in.

The excitement of Lily’s awakening was interrupted by her getting quite sick and spending two hours at the ER. After much folderol, the doctor decreed that she was dehydrated, gave her some water (eventually) and anti-nausea medication, and sent her home.

Lily as she started perking up following her ER visit.

Lily as she started perking up following her ER visit.

Many wonderful gifts later, Olivia and Erika found themselves in the castle tent Auntie Anne had sent.

Olivia and Erika hanging out in the castle tent

Olivia and Erika hanging out in the castle tent

Our brunch was delicious, even though by the time we were able to eat the official “brunch hour” was past. Such a surfeit of wonderful food, and even better company! We popped our poppers, read the tacky jokes, and laughed until it hurt. Then less than three hours later we walked down the street to Nick’s Aunt Christine’s house, where we ate and laughed and ate some more (and opened more presents). Everywhere we looked there were cousins and plates of great food!

After we got back home, Uncle Chris came over bringing gifts from his family to ours. More exclamations of joy, more thoughtful presents.

But my very favorite present of the day was the one I didn’t even know I wanted until about two weeks ago when I read a review on FaceBook and was intrigued. Thank you, Georgia, for not only listening to your mother, but acting on it.

I can hardly wait to begin reading "The Secret History of Wonderwoman."

I can hardly wait to begin reading “The Secret History of Wonderwoman.”

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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