Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Shhh . . . Not a Creature is Stirring

CrazyMom and all of the kids are asleep now "under the tree." Traditionally our family sleeps in the family room alongside the Christmas tree on the eve before we open presents. Because of how our schedule is working out this year, tonight is our Christmas Eve.

"Dad, do we have to move all of the presents?" Anna asked me earlier today.

"Uh, no. We don’t need to move the presents," I replied, unsure as to why she would think that we needed to.

"But we need to," Anna insisted.

"Where do we need to move them to?" I asked.

Anna shrugged. She did not know where they needed to go. After a pause she said, "But how are we going to sleep under the tree?"

Then I got it. I explained to her that we were going to sleep in the same room as the tree, but that the whole family was not really going to sleep under the tree.

As I look at the kids sleeping now, it is remarkable how peaceful it is compared to the vivaciousness of our day. This peacefulness stands in stark contrast to several hours ago when we had our first ever family pillow fight. We started with a full family melee, but soon realized that it was better to do groupings by age, as you can see in the videos.

The kids had such a great time that when I suggested that we should do this every year at Christmas they objected. It was clear that they thought pillow fighting should be on the agenda far more frequently.

I should give credit where credit is due, however. The family pillow fight idea came from an email from Family Man Ministries where Todd talked about his family pillow fight. It sounded like a wonderful idea and so I told CrazyMom to pick up some extra pillow cases the next time she was at the thrift store. Tonight when we let the kids open a present early they were pretty excited . . .until they found the gift was a used pillowcase.

After the pillow fight we settled in for some reading before bed. When we finally turned out the lights, there was still quite a bit of squirming, coughing, and last minute runs for forgotten stuffed animals. But like the tide which is slowly but inevitably retreating, the commotion faded and kids drifted off to sleep one by one.


sandwichinwi said...

What fun! Although I have to say, those are some sorry looking pillows! I thing the Big Crazy Family should have found some new, fluffier ones under the tree Christmas morning! LOL

It looks like a great time!


Tonia said...

This is so great. I love reading about your family and seeing the traditions you guys have. Looks like the kids had a blast!

Kelly said...

I LOVE your blog! Your family is beautiful! We have 5 and we're bringing home #6 from Ethiopia soon. Your photos are always so beautiful even in dim light! I have a Canon dSLR. What kind of camera/lens do you use to get such great photos without a flash?

CrazyD said...

Hi Kelly,

Congrats on soon being able to welcome a new member into your family!

I shoot one of the early Canon digital rebels, though I would love to upgrade to the 40D or 50D. A flash was actually used in all of the photos in this post. I got the flash off camera using a wireless transmitter (the ST-E2)and set it up on a curtain rod pointed at the ceiling. This provided a relatively soft semi directional fill light, which you can see in the last two photos of the post. Notice how one side of a face is a little brighter than the other side.

Hope that helps,