October 16th was Katelyn's 19th birthday. We told her that we had something planned and to leave the day open. Because our school fall break falls during her birthday, her brother was also home from school.
We made sure everyone was up and awake early the morning of October 16th. Then we had them wait at the top of our basement stairs. We allowed them to come down the stairs to discover the Christmas tree set up with gifts underneath. Christmas presents for both James and Kate had been wrapped in holiday paper, while her birthday presents were wrapped in more traditional birthday paper. We kept it simple and small, but we wanted to capture the feeling of the holidays on her special day.
We spent the next hour watching Kate and James open presents. Kate was surprised and overjoyed that we had planned such a fun activity for her birthday. We exclaimed "Happy Birthday," "Merry Christmas," and "Happy Thanksgiving" as she came into the room.
After opening presents, both kids spent another hour putting together their new Lego sets. Legos at Christmas are a tradition of ours. It gives the kids something to do. Once Kate had put together her shopping set, she wanted to set up all of her old Lego sets in one big village. I couldn't think of a better way to spend the day.
So while James and Kate worked together to set up their Lego world, Brett and I worked in the background.
While we are going to miss her terribly when she is gone, this helps us feel less separated from one another. Now on Thanksgiving and Christmas day we will remember today and hopefully we'll all feel a little less lonely for one another.
Thanks, Santa, for visiting us early! It was amazing. While we hoped to find a restaurant that serves a turkey dinner, we ended up being too tired (pretty much like a real Christmas, right?). How often do you get to celebrate three amazing holidays on one special day? Happy birthday, Kate!