Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas Day 2012!

As most people know, Pres is our early riser, but on Christmas morning we had to WAKE the boy up at 8:00!  Bennett awoke on her own anxious to begin unwrapping gifts, but we forced her to wait.  She was happy to see that Santa had enjoyed her cookies, only leaving behind a few crumbs.

But by 8:00, she could wait no longer so she went up to wake Preston.  Shockingly, he wouldn't get up for her, so Steve had to do it.  When he finally came down, he was so excited to see his stockings and Santa gifts.  However the real excitement came when he opened his crane!  Then when Pres opened his Caterpillar excavator that Santa gave him, he said "Santa must have gotten this in Peoria."  That boy had us laughing so hard!  His third gift from Santa was a marshmallow gun, which has given all of us a lot of entertainment.  In fact, Steve thinks we should ask Santa where he got it so we could all have one!

Bennett was absolutely over the moon when she opened her easy bake oven and make-up!  She wasn't as excited about her other gift from Santa (speakers for her itouch), but she has been using it all week, and is very pleased with them after all.  It has been fun watching her dance with her friends.
Of course, we gave the kids a few items too, clothes, books and other practical items.  Thankfully no one complained, and seemed genuinely happy with their gifts.  After a few minutes of playing with their toys, we showered and headed over to Brian and Shannon's for breakfast and more gift exchanging among the children and to my parents.
Bow and arrow set
Sweet Lucy
Pres LOVED his dino pillow pet
B always likes clothes
Another baby doll for Henley
Overall, I think all of the kids were happy.  In addition, I know my parents were pleased with their gifts (especially my mother)!  She has never been so excited to open her new ipad that she got from all of her grandkids!  And I know I saw a few tears when she opened the photo album we made for her documenting their time spent with the grandchildren.

Hen and B fight over Lucy (two mamas in the making)
Sadly the best group photo was taken with a cell phone, and I can't correct their eyes
After breakfast and a couple of mimosas, my parents came back to our house for the rest of the day.  The kids played with all of their new toys, and Steve and I cooked dinner (fillets, polenta, grilled asparagus and a salad).  Everything was divine, despite the nasty weather we were having.  Fortunately, the tornadoes stayed away from us so we didn't have to spend any time in the basement.

Another wonderful Christmas, and thank you to our family for sharing it with us!  Here's to one of the best years yet!  Looking forward to 2013 and what is has to offer!

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