Christmas was very different this year. I've never had an all-adults Christmas day, but we are all still kind of kids at heart so it was still lots of fun. It was the latest start to a Christmas day I have ever had though, which was a strange but welcome change. Growing up we would wake up at 5:30 or 6 every year, but as a bunch of old people we decided that we just weren't willing to get up that early, so we opted for an 9 am wake up. We took the Bowen traditional picture on the stairs...
And then ran to our presents!
Present opening was divided into two parts, since Mom and Dad Bowen were helping with serving Christmas lunch to the servicemen/women on base at 11. While they were gone we started a sibling game of Risk. In retrospect, not the best idea...the game FINALLY ended at around 6 PM! Oy vey. Fun memories though. Spencer and I really enjoyed coming up with fun gifts for each other, but he took the cake when I opened a package to find a vintage edition of Make-A-Million, a game that Packards have been playing for decades and which is no longer produced. He is such a sweetheart, and I may or may not have teared up a little at his thoughtfulness.
|Hand-made glass ornaments for each of us from Brigette|
|Napping in-between present opening "sessions"|
|I was a little giddy...|
|He loved it!|
Gifts ended with a large, mysterious package that had made it's way across the ocean. The kids sent Dad Bowen on a scavenger hunt to find this last gift, which of course took him all over the house only to end up back under the tree where he started.
This is one of his favorite paintings, and they actually already have a copy in their home but he has always wanted one for his office. We loved watching his face as he opened it!
|We love you!|
It was a great Christmas, and although I know it will be a few years away I can't wait for the next time we can all be together for Christmas again!