Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas Eve Morning

We had our Christmas at home Christmas Eve morning.  Ian is just starting to understand when Christmas Day actually is, so he bought our story of talking to Santa and telling him he needed to come a day early so we could celebrate with Grandma and Grandpa on the actual day.

Ian woke up at 6:15 that morning and instead of checking out things downstairs, he came to our room concerned about where he could use the bathroom just in case Santa hadn't come yet. We let him use ours, and then he went straight back to bed.  Darrin and I actually had to get up a bit after 7 to wake the kids up.  I turned the tree lights on and paced a bit outside Ian's room, thinking it would wake him up, but we had to go in and get both of them.  Annaliese's bike was waiting for her by the tree and after checking it out, both were cooperative (if Annaliese was holding Snow White) in getting our annual picture in front of the tree in our new pj's.

And the presents were all hits. Ian got his Imaginext castle, a dingy and cave the goes with his Pyrates Lego ship, a Star Wars tent for his bed, and books. Annaliese got a Cinderella big-girl-bike, Princess backpack with a sleeping bag inside, furniture for her dollhouse, and books. I got my camera purse, laptop battery, and big envelope page protectors. Darrin got some more clamps for his woodworking projects, a Jawstand for his woodworking, and Madden Football 2013 and Mass Effect 3 for XBOX.  I'd say it was a great Christmas!

She's still a bit dazed. Only been awake about 2 minutes. We had trouble getting her off...
Annual family picture in front of the tree with new pajamas.
Ian opening his stocking. Battery on our external flash died, so we had to switch to the internal one. Inside were some Star Wars figures.
Annaliese with her stocking. Inside she had Ariel with an outfit she can change into.
Ian opening his dingy, with other additional Pyrates things to go with his large pirate ship.
To get her off her bike, we had to encourage her to open more presents to see if she got her backpack.
Inside her backpack was a princess sleeping bag, to which she said, "It's so boo-ti-ful."
The only time she took the backpack off was to change clothes. There was a huge tantrum getting in the car and realizing she'd have to take it off to get in her seat.  Here she's sorting out the book she likes from the ones she doesn't want.
Opening another set of books wrapped in the paper they painted. It's a lot thicker than the normal wrapping paper and so was a bit harder to open.
Dollhouse furniture
The last gift was the most anticipated- his castle. That got opened immediately.

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