Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wordish Wednesday

Christmas was so much fun this year. The girls were really into opening presents and the smiles on their faces when they ripped off the paper to see what was magically hidden inside was worth every minute spent on wrapping it!

We didn't go tooooo crazy this year as we buy throughout the year and I really don't want Christmas to be all about presents for the girls. I do want them to learn the real meaning and reason behind it all.

My family came over on Christmas Eve so our house was pretty full. I love having everyone there, just sitting & talking, watching all of the kids aggravate play nicely together. They open their presents from all of us with big smiles on their faces. We all munch on some food, have a drink or twenty two and just enjoy the evening.

My Mom gave all the grandkids a pillow pet which they all just love & adored. Abbie may or may not have just opened hers and threw it down but I know in her heart she just thought it was the greatest thing ever! (lol!)

After my family left, Daddy went to lay with Abbie to settle her down. She was quite hyper & excited from the events. Jaelyn and I put out cookies & milk for Santa. She asked me why we were leaving him cookies so I told her that he gets a little hungry while delivering presents to all of the good kids so he needed a snack. She was ok with that, and after telling the Kitty he was NOT to drink the milk because it was for Santa she happily went to bed. Both girls were out in less than 10 minutes!

Santa stopped by to fill the stockings (which I completely forgot to capture.. d'oh!) and leave presents under the tree. He was not however, happy to put together that baby daycare center pictured which took a little more time than expected AND it's not exactly a favorite toy right now as it just falls apart whenever its played with. That is seriously going back to the store, quickly.

The next morning, the girls were very happy & surprised to see the cookies gone, the milk drank and lots of presents to open! It took a little longer than I expected. I think mostly because they wanted to play with everything they unwrapped instead of seeing what was in the next packaged. But, we made it thru all of the gifts and then our living room looked like Toys-R-Us threw up in it! Oh dear.

My Mom & Dad came to visit shortly after breakfast to bring MORE presents... a tent, a kitchen set, a shopping cart ... thanks, Mom. lol! No really, the girls do love ALL of it! After lots of playing, Daddy putting together the kitchen, watching a few movies and finally getting dressed we headed over to my Mother-In-Laws for dinner, which was delicious!

It was a great evening & day surrounded by family and I wouldn't change a thing. Except maybe longer naps (not just for the girls but for me, too!!)

I hope your Christmas was just as memorable... here is to the New Year! Can you believe it will be 2011 already???

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Meg said...

Cute pictures!! :)

Marissa said...

look at all of those fun toys! Looks like a great Christmas for you and your family :)

MommaAmma said...

What fun! Wanting to play with each thing they opened is a good sign Santa did an awesome job.

Happy New Year!

Mrs. Huse Clifton said...

Isn't amazing how trying to do a little presents still turn into a ton? Great pictures and what a sweet family. Merry Christmas.