After hours of waiting, Christmas Eve arrived. We thought it would be fun to have a sleepover on the living room floor, so we dragged our sleeping bags and pillows out there, got dressed in our jammies, and raided the snack table! ;)
Charlie and Kailani chatted with Hayden. They were trying to guess what everyone's presents were.
Hayden was savoring her M&Ms. You know, chocolate is always better when it's NOT in doll scale! ;) Oh, and a random Hayden trivia fact here: blue M&Ms are her favorite. :)
I was busy enjoying another one of Mama's aunts yummy gingerbread cookies and visiting with Ruthie, Piper, and Janie.
We were trying to figure out the best time to wake up in the morning.
Ruthie and Piper thought 5:30 would be perfect...
...but Janie suggested sleeping in a little bit and going for 6:30. In the end (after a lot of discussion), we struck a compromise and decided on 6:00.
We talked and talked until we couldn't keep our eyes open.
Then, one by one, we all nodded off and curled up in our sleeping bags.
It was so peaceful sleeping out there underneath the tree! Maybe that will be a new yearly tradition for us. :D
Hayden and Charlie were the ones that woke up right at 6:00 (actually, to be perfectly honest, they woke up at around 5:00!) and woke us all up right on time.
We headed back to Mimi's doll room, where the tree, our stockings, and our presents were waiting. Jo hadn't been able to join us for the slumber party, as she'd been busy in the kitchen, but she joined us for stockings and presents.
Mama woke up in time to join us and made us all take a group picture before we opened anything. You know how Mama is about documenting everything! ;)
Even Zaara got a stocking! It matched her outfit perfectly. :)
Once the pictures had been taken, we all got to open up our stockings.
Grandmama had gotten all of us these shiny recorders. They were the perfect size for us, and they really worked! :)
Everyone also got 2 milk chocolate Hershey's kisses and 1 mint truffle kiss. The mint ones were pretty amazing!
Each of us also got a little mini container of bubbles. Hayden was really excited to get her favorite color.
We all loved our stockings. Most of ate our chocolate right away. Ah, chocolate: the breakfast of champions. ;)
Wow, I have a lot of pictures from opening our presents, so I think I'll save that for another post. Otherwise, you'll all be incredibly bored reading through a huge post! ;)