Christmas morning came way too early, esp. since we had been up insanely late (yeah, still not admitting just how late). We were able to eke out a bit more sleep by snuggling in bed with Abigail, but couldn't put it off any longer once Bethany joined us. The little girls were all to ready for stockings and presents and it didn't matter that Mommy and Daddy were freakishly tired. The tree looked pretty with all of the gifts around it, though.
I made the kids sit on the stairs, even though there wasn't really anything to get ready. I was sorely tempted to lay down on the couch and doze a bit....
Here they are, waiting to come down. Note that Samuel looks like a zombie. Or something.
Stockings were first, as usual, before wading into the gifts. I always like to think we can open gifts up in an orderly fashion, enjoying each other's exclamations and looks of surprise or joy, waiting patiently, but it doesn't seem to work like that. At least it's not total chaos and the kids do tend to take note when someone is opening something.
The little girls were the biggest focus this year at the start of handing out the presents, with Samuel eagerly handing them his gifts and the big sisters ready to give theirs as well. Bethany especially seemed excited about her new Cinderella crown (and her new hair do dads from her stocking). She actually has two soft stretchy headbands criss-crossed on her head in addition to the crown.
The little girls got games, Magna-Tiles, books, stuffed animals and a few princess things, including a 'Sleeping Beauty' (non-Disney variety) dress for Abigail that caused a momentary pout from Bethany, who wanted a dress, too. Bethany actually gave me a pretty good stink eye when she opened a game instead of a dress-up dress, but got over it fairly quickly (besides, she has a pretty decent Cinderella dress already...no need for another one!).
A highlight of the morning for me was watching the littles open their princess dolls. Abigail got a Sleeping Beauty and Bethany got an Ariel. Just kidding. Bethany got a Cinderella. As if I could even think about purchasing another princess for her.
Abigail, if you notice in the photo, has her hands on the sides of her face. She was ecstatic and very enthusiastically ripped the paper from the box once she caught sight of what she was opening. These were purchased back in October or November, while on a Saturday-in-town shopping trip with the little girls in tow. Costco had the dolls and I knew that this might be my only chance to purchase them before they disappeared. So while Abigail was wailing about wanting the doll, I snuck back to buy them. And believe me, Abigail wailed for about the last half of our trip through Costco, begging me to buy the doll for her. She remembered that when she opened it and said something to the effect "you tricked me". Yep, honey, I did...because I love you and wanted to see this exact reaction.
The olders got some good gifts, too. Samuel and Moriah each got cameras for their upcoming trips, along with books and t-shirts. Susannah got a Wii game she asked for and some nice markers and a sketch pad for all of the neat designs she draws. I got my trekking poles I requested (for hikes up the mountain) and Jim got the promise of a bonsai tree shopping trip. I accidentally killed his last one and wanted to get him another. But if there is one thing Jim is, it's unpredictable about his choices. I wanted him to be able to choose the one he wanted, not necessarily replace it with the same kind.
|Captain Obvious, to the rescue!|
|Sock Monkey slippers!|
|Wii game...for me? Just Dance 2!|
|Jim also got some cool stamps with the church's picture on them. They are 'legal' for use on USPS mail!|
We also sang Happy Birthday to Jesus (even though December 25 is highly unlikely to be His actual birth date). Still, Christmas is a celebration of his birth, regardless of the actual date, so a birthday cake is always part of our meal on Christmas.
|See those green things at the top? I tried to make a holly leaf shape. *giggle*|
|Jim is working on separating the ham into baggies...|
|and really hamming it up during the song! (ha? ha?)|
There ya have it. Our Christmas in words and photos. We had a wonderful day together full of surprises, laughter and song.
This will be my last December post...Have a happy and safe New Year!