I know I'm a little late posting this (okay, I'm a lot late), but I wanted to post some pictures from Christmas so I could get them printed in our yearbook. So I'm going to be doing some catchup over the next couple days so I can order my printed blog book. Here is some of the fun from Christmas Day...
Since Christmas was on Sunday, we altered our schedule a bit by getting up and opening just our stocking presents, then getting dressed and heading to church. We opened everything else after church.
We always have a lot of presents in the stockings. My 19 year old daughter says the stockings are her favorite part, and insists on having the stocking gifts wrapped too. When I was growing up, the things in the stockings were not wrapped (which sounds much easier). I'm not sure when I first wrapped a present in her stocking, but since then I've had to wrap them. I'm a sucker for tradition and keeping the joy in Christmas by keeping things "the way they used to be."
The bouncer was a big hit. This poor little guy has had so many medical issues, and we just found out that he is allergic to eggs, dairy, and nuts, which is probably the cause of most of the problems. Since I nurse, the food I was eating was causing problems for him. I had only been off those things for for 3 days, but it was as if he woke up out of a fog. He used to be complacent and lethargic, and wouldn't do much, but suddenly we have a bubbly, happy, active baby :)
Packed up and ready to head out.
The seven year old was thrilled to get several remote control items, including this Yamaha snowmachine from Bugga and Papa.
Like I said, the three year old insisted on taking every single item out of the wrapper or box and keeping it on the floor. We usually have everyone put their wrapping paper in a recycle box and their gifts in a separate box so we don't accidentally throw anything away. Well, that wasn't going to happen with this guy. He would throw a fit if we tried to clean up his toys. So it got pretty cluttered in his area of the floor.
My daughter is seriously into zebra stripes, so I got her some zebra striped duct tape.
She immediately made a ring.
And when he mentioned that he was hungry (because the kids wanted to unwrap everything right after church instead of having lunch then) our daughter brought him a plate of peanut butter bon bons she had made as part of his gift.
The seven year old bought this little dog for the three year old. The dog came with a tag saying his name is Cooper, but since we had a daycare kid with that name, we altered it to Copper - which is one of the dogs from The Fox and the Hound.
Our daughter was pretty excited to get a Nook Color.
Here's another of the remote control vehicles. This one follows a laser beam, which you shoot onto the floor with a controller that looks like a gun. This little thing is zippy and can even flip over and keep going. It came with a ramp, which I guess is a good thing... other than the fact that it has led to the car being slammed into the wall repeatedly because of incorrect aiming...
I bought him a full set of commentaries - H.A. Ironside commentaries, which came in a set of 27 or 28 books. He's wanted these for a long time too. My ornery daughter decided we ought to wrap each book individually... which we did... :)
So what's all this excitement about? Homemade Jerky and tootsie rolls from Papa and Bugga of course!
I was surprised at how well he did, trying to grab everything. Like I said, I haven't had a baby this age at Christmas, and plus, he just woke up out of a fog, remember? He wasn't grabbing at things a week ago, and now he's really active and trying to get into everything. It was such a big change in such a short time.
I was pretty excited to get some great sewing tools - including a travel iron I've been envying all over the web, and my first ever pair of Gingher scissors.