We had a really nice time driving around and looking at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. It was the first Eve in many years we didn't attend a Christmas Eve service but we felt it would be too much for all of us. Henry had no idea what was coming Christmas day, as much as we talked about how much fun it would be, so to see his surprise and excitement at waking to a full stocking and time for opening his Christmas gifts after reading the Christmas story was such a blessing to say the least. We had a great time opening gifts, then eating breakfast, resting and playing, and eating Christmas dinner together. Here are a just a few highlights:
Lastly, Henry and our dog have been quite a pair the past days...Ollie seems to have come home from the kennel depressed; we figure it is because we were gone for so long and that he came home to a new small addition. He hasn't been eating or acting the same at all, and the vet says he is healthy, but each day we do see some improvement. Henry has not been sure what to think about him...giving him the commands we say and noticing everything he does and telling us about it. He gets nervous when Ollie gets near his face but I saw him give Ollie a hug a day or two ago, and is petting him more now, so progress is made there. On Ollie's end, I found him in bed with Henry last night and after moving him out, thought that was a good sign as well:).
We will be going through this newborn attachment and adjustment phase for awhile. I, personally, am trying to rest when I can as Henry gets me up a few times each night, sometimes not letting me go to sleep until late. We're still working on a bedtime routine and sound sleep will come with time...I still wonder how much we're still on "China time." I also am finding that time for household duties is less so am sneaking in what I can when Henry is playing with the boys. The bills, dishes, laundry, floors, etc. can only go without attending for so long! Not to mention my church responsibilities...the guys are helping me a lot more, of course, but we're still getting a schedule and plan of action in place. It will come!