The boys got up from their naps around 3:30pm. When they came upstairs, they found the rest of their Christmas presents waiting for them:
That's right...Josh's sister sent a box of hats, and Josh's parents sent them each a set of knight armor. How exciting. What was even more exciting was half an hour later when the power went out. For 3 1/2 hours. Yeah. From 4 in the afternoon until 7:30 in the evening (give or take a minute or two) we had no power on Christmas.
Not having power Christmas afternoon/evening was interesting. It was bad because I had made a duck for dinner, but it hadn't finished cooking before the power went out (Josh carved it and put it in the powerless fridge anyway and we ate it Monday for dinner...it was a little dry, but still good). That meant we had to be creative with dinner, so Josh cooked hot dogs and macaroni and cheese on the grill.
It also meant candles were our main source of light, and the fireplace was our main source of heat for those hours. The candles were great because the boys were super excited by them, and when we sat down to eat they insisted that the candles on the table were "Happy Birthday Jesus candles", so we sang "Happy Birthday" to Jesus before we ate.
Here's that same picture but with the camera's flash (can you tell Josh really wasn't feeling well all day?):
The power outage was also a bit of a blessing though. After dinner we had to find ways to entertain the boys. This meant that, instead of watching football and new movies on TV, or playing video games and things, we sat in front of the fire and read books (we finally had to get a flashlight though).
Josh also took the boys to the "night range". In the dark, they shot their new nerf guns at the back door. Because the door is made of glass and the ammo has suction cups that stick to the glass. You know.
All in all, it was a great Christmas time here in Walterland. Thank you for letting me share it all with you. And if you're interested, ALL of our pictures from Christmas are up on flickr. Now we're looking forward to 2011 and all the fun and interesting times it promises to hold for us. Happy New Year every one!