We started the Christmas festivities in the afternoon on Christmas Eve. Abe's parents, sister, brother, and his wife all came over and we opened gifts. One of my favorite highlights was watching Owen open a stuffed octopus. He had seen it a while ago at the aquarium and was devastated when I wouldn't let him buy it. Mim happened to be with us, and while I was dealing with Owen's crying, she snuck over and bought it. The expression on his face was priceless when he opened up the box! He was sure he wasn't going to get it because "no one's been back up to the aquarium since we were there." Lauren got a Trojan cheerleader outfit, and Auntie Abbie completed it with a pair of matching pompoms. After the chaos of opening gifts we headed to Cheesecake Factory for a yummy meal, changed the kids into their Christmas jammies, and headed over 2 very snowy passes to Cashmere.