around 10am on Christmas morning Conner came up to me with a hug and said, "this is the best christmas ever." That made me happy. I feel, though, like he tells me that every year. Which means we must be doing an alright job at this holiday and parenting thing.
I didn't think that it would last another year, but we still have 3 believers in our house and they were so excited to see what Santa had left for them. Even though they had slept in until 7:30 or 8am the previous 3 days, they bounded into our room at 6am on Christmas morning ready to go.
I give you, Christmas morning round the tree . . . .
Santa came through this year and brought a Nintendo DS for each of the boys. He decided to have some fun with the kids and wrapped their "big" gift inside 3 additional boxes. Just to add to the anticipation. ;)
Payton's wish came true and he got a snow globe for Christmas. From Anna. But it wasn't without some effort. Anna picked out a small snow globe for him in Utah. Packing for the airport it ended up in one of the carry-on bags, and threw up red flags for TSA, which led to a bag search, and it was eventually confiscated. All because of a some liquid. :( Luckily we were able to find a replacement in town and were only out $2.
Other highlights for the kids: Paper Jamz, remote control car, Fur Real kitty and puppy, silver heart locket, a Chemistry set, Bejeweled 3, and a karaoke machine.
Here's my parents with their stockings
The rest of the day we . . .
- stayed in our pajamas as long as possible. For Conner and Payton, they never changed out of their pj's.
- watched tv and movies. Star Wars, One Magic Christmas . . .
- sang karaoke. Conner is down with Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.
- ate christmas morning rolls
- enjoyed a dinner of ham, baked potatoes, and breadsticks and coconut cream pie for dessert.
- ignored the clutter of christmas morning and just let it be.
- listened to Anna sing "Total Eclipse of the Heart", "Don't Stop Believin'", and various Phineas & Ferb songs
- enjoyed a quiet day of being together.
Snapshots from around the house . . .
Oh my. I came around the corner to find Anna just like this, sitting at the top of the stairs. I laughed and ran to get my camera and you know what she said? "I've been waiting for you to see me." She had this photo-op all planned out. What a little poser! Anna literally spent all day Christmas day with these headphones on her ears, enjoying the music on her new little MP3 player, walking around the house, singing, feeling like a big girl. In fact, when she opened this gift from Santa she immediately squealed in delight while Payton, dumbfounded, said, "But Anna's not old enough for that. What does Santa think? That she's, like . . . 17?!" He had us alllll laughing. And Santa made sure not to spend very much on this player because he realizes that Anna is 5 and not 17.
the boys have spent nearly every waking second on their DS's the past few days. Playing them non-stop until the battery gives out, and only stopping long enough for it to charge up. We knew this would happen, and that's why we didn't gift these in earlier years. Santa was mighty generous. For now, we're letting them just play because it is Christmas vacation. But pretty soon some limits are going to come into effect.
This has been an animal Christmas for Anna. Which is only fitting because she loves kitties, puppies, and horsies of every kind. She received a few Breyer horses and a wooden horse corral from Santa (I love all of it), two Fur Real walking /purring /barking pets, a small Snuggimal puppy in her stocking, and she loves them all.
It was simply a wonderful day. I felt spoiled. We ate good food. We were surrounded by the people we love and care about. It doesn't get any better.