traditions and miracles.

I’m back and ready to blog with a vengeance. Starting with Christmas Eve.

After six years of parenthood and five Christmases in this house we’ve established some pretty solid traditions. On Christmas Even morn we always make the drive back to Huntsville after a few days at Brent’s parent’s house. Usually when we arrive home we get started on our sugar cookies but this year we made those before we left. We always attend our church’s Christmas Eve service for children and for the past two years our family has lit the candles on the Advent wreath. This was the first year that each of the kiddos got to take part in the reading…that was super fun! Sarah’s part was, “Jesus said: ‘I am the light of the world.'” and Ephraim’s was, “let us pray.” After the service we head home to make pizza, play board games and get ready for Santa Claus while waiting for Grama and Grandad to arrive for our annual Christmas Eve sleepover.

First we loaded up the pizzas with all our favorite toppings.

B-Ro prefers pepperoni,

while Sarah spreads hers generously with black olives (it’s the Aunt Lori in her).

And me? I’m not picky at all.

While the pizzas were in the oven we played two games: Pengolo (a Mommy and Daddy fave)…

And You Gotta Be Kidding (the kiddos’ hands-down top choice)…

That particular game has a very fourth-grade-slumber-party feel to it which is fun if you’re a) in fourth grade or b) idolize children who are in fourth grade. Brent and I are neither so we suffer through it.

There’s a “dare” component to it though that challenged B-Ro to hold a pencil between his nose and upper lip. The ensuing tutorial might have been worth the entire half hour of game play…

(Be honest, are you trying it right now???)

After a quick family photo the night was cut abruptly and miraculously short. We headed back to the kitchen to feast on our pizza when we got an email from a friend that he had prepared a special recording for the kids. We turned it on and halfway through “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” a special news report cut in alerting us to a Santa sighting in England. Coincidentally Santa happened to drop his list of the nice girls and boys of North Alabama which included a certain Sarah and Ephraim Cobb. The children were cautioned by the broadcaster that Santa was working ahead of scheduled and it was “imperative that these boys and girls get to bed immediately and sleep all night.”

And folks, that’s all she wrote.

Our Pi’bears had teeth brushed, jammies on, and head shoved securely under her pillow within three and a half minutes of hearing that line. Santa didn’t get cookies or milk and the reindeers went without food this Christmas. (That’s what they get for working ahead of schedule.)

Meanwhile, what we got was a truly silent night at exactly 6:49 p.m.

A Christmas miracle indeed.
Karen in BrookvilleJanuary 1, 2012 - 9:12 pm

Merry Christmas to all the Cobbs. I wanted to share with you that as my kiddos are getting older, we are holding on for dear life to the Magic that is Santa. Our youngest is 11 and she tells us that she is a true believer. Knowing what goes on in 5th grade with friends and those non-believing kids, we have been prepared for the inevitable. There were lots of questions this year from my curious daughter and I think we were able to answer them all, very carefully. We made it through Christmas, without a big reveal.
I was very tickled to read your blog tonight and to see, in that very last picture, that Santa uses the very same wrapping paper for many lucky children. I was so excited that I called that curious 11 year old girl to my computer to show her your picture. She had mentioned to me in our discussions that Santa had been using the same paper for the last few years. I reminded her that you are the nice woman who took our pictures in 2010. She remembered you and very matter of fact told me “See, I told you”. I may have just squeezed a little more magic out of the season.

SamanthaJanuary 2, 2012 - 5:13 am

Bangs???

Aunt LuJanuary 2, 2012 - 8:11 am

Thank God your back I missed you! While you were out I decided to try my hand at my Photo a Day blog AGAIN. I can’t make any promises and by all means I’m no Dede Wedee blogger but I’m gonna give it the ol’ community college try…Wish me luck!

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaJanuary 2, 2012 - 2:55 pm

What a sweet post! A very Happy New Year to all you cute Cobbs!

CorrieJanuary 2, 2012 - 8:34 pm

I love all of the pictures. Erin, every day you are a mother you grow more beautiful!! Happy 2012 to all of the Cobb’s.

NatalieJanuary 3, 2012 - 6:53 am

I love Ephraim’s tie and your boots. 🙂

j.j.January 3, 2012 - 10:45 am

I loved this post! Our Christmas Eve was similar, with the kiddos going RIGHT to sleep. We probably could have put them to bed at five if we wanted, ha!

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