5:30 a.m.- My eyes fly open and I am ready to go. I hear Katie, Andrew and Nicholas chatting in the boy's room. They know they have to wait there until either 6:00, or until we come and get them. I wake Pete up without a problem (sometimes he can be hard to awaken). We get the coffee going and try to prepare for the upcoming chaos.
5:55 a.m.- Pete and I find the kids all piled in Andrew's twin bed waiting patiently and whispering sweet nothings (a gift in and of itself). Before we rush out to see what Santa brought, we say Happy Birthday to Jesus and wish everyone Merry Christmas.
8:30 a.m.- Breakfast has been cooked and eaten, Katie is snuggled on the couch reading a new book, and Andrew checks out the new X-box Kinect while Nicholas and Pete complete a racecar Lego model. Freshly ground Starbucks is brewing and all is peaceful on the home front.
11:30 a.m.- I suddenly remember I need to cook an asparagus dish by 12:30. Quick reference to allrecipes.com because I do not feel like going all elaborate with what I had intended to make. I find an interesting idea, make my own adjustments and add my personal touches. Luckily, it turned out great!
1:00 p.m.- We are happily sharing Christmas cheer with everyone. The turkey needs to cook longer, so we visit, play the piano and goof off taking pictures. The kids play basketball outside with their grown cousins whom they do not get to see very often anymore, and are so well-behaved while they wait to eat.
2:30- Everyone joins in prayer and feasts on the delicious turkey dinner. Conversation is flowing and everyone is getting along. It is truly a wonderful experience.