Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Morning (AKA "Wretched Excess")

Despite Libby's lamentations that Christmas was neh-ver.going.to.get.HERE, it came and went too fast for me! We travelled to Alabama to spend the holiday with my mom and her new husband and despite the trauma of spending 8 hours in a minivan with 3 kids, we had a wonderful time. Dan is fitting into the family very nicely, if I do say so. The kids had a great time with "Pop" and I love seeing my mom so happy.
We went to church on Christmas Eve. The nursery was closed, so the kids joined us for the service. My mother goes to a very contemporary church and it was a total hoot watching as Libby jammed out to the electric guitar version of Angels We Have Heard on High. After church we had dinner and got ready for bed. (I really wish I could use the "Santa won't come until you are asleep so you better go to sleep quickly" line every night!) Here are the kids decked out in their matching jammies before bed.
We didn't get the cookies made in time, so this year Santa got Christmas cupcakes instead. (Daddy busted into those as soon as the girls turned their light out. The reindeer's carrots ended up back in the fridge!)
In return for the cupcakes, Santa left them this:
And this:

This is Libby doing her happy dance when she saw the goods!
Emma Jane, whom I fully expected to be totally into the blocks, went straight for the easel and stayed there for the next two days. The markers are already mostly dried out thanks to her!
John knew right away which gift was for him:
He also got some sports balls and a tonka truck in his stocking. He was in little boy heaven!
Libby unloading her stocking. If I do say so myself, Santa totally took it up a notch this year in the stocking department! The girls got tons of cool stuff, mostly of a scientific or artistic nature (Santa apparently shops at Lakeshore Learning Store!) They also got a little candy and a Disney princess "goblet." The only item that would fall under the "fail" category would be the giant pencils they received. While a fun idea in theory, in reality these had to be quickly confiscated after becoming weapons of mass destruction!
Here is Emma Jane playing with her mini etch-a-sketch.
My mom and Dan gave the girls each a sleeping bag. Aren't they adorable?!
Emma Jane had to test hers out right away. And Libby slept in her on her bed that night! After all of the Santa hoopla, we still had to open gifts. Libby, who is completely her mother's child, had already staked out the tree and new which gifts were hers. She almost had to be physically restrained to keep her from diving into all of them at once. In my family, we pass out gifts one at a time and make sure everyone gets to see everyone else unwrap theirs. Libby had a meltdown every time more than two gifts were opened without one being for her!
Emma Jane, on the other hand, was content with just one gift. She opened up her first gift, which was from my sister, and proceeded to play with that the rest of the morning. She couldn't be bothered with the rest of her presents! But really, who could blame her...Aunt Catie did give her the coolest gift: a pink pencil box, new crayons, glitter glue (thanks, sister) and a TON of stickers!

And John didn't open any gifts...he just wanted to play with the ribbons!It was a great day!
But thank goodness there are 361 days before Christmas comes again!


Bren said...

Wow! It looks like they had a blast! They are so cute going after all of their presents!

Kelli said...

That looks like a great day and great gifts. Glad you had a Merry Christmas.

smacek said...

super cute kids. Glad you had a merry Christmas. We tried to cut down on the excess this year but it didn't exactly work. I will say that it is worth it for how well the boys have played with their new stuff and don't miss the stuff I purged=)

Krystyn said...

Love the matching jammies. Don't yours match, too?

We tried to do the taking turns thing and there just weren't enough adults to handle it. It got a little crazy.

Looks like everybody had a great Christmas.

Megan R. said...

So adorable! I love the easel, what a great gift! We take turns opening gifts at our house too. Luckily this year C is so young, he could've cared less. Once he saw his broom (seriously, kid?) he was good to go!

Kmama said...

Looks like Christmas was definitely a hit at your house!

I love the picture of your kiddos in their Christmas PJ's So cute.

John Deere Mom said...

I LOVE the matching jammies. Great pictures...it looks like the kids made out like bandits! And I love the sleeping bag...so cute!

shortmama said...

Looks like Santa was good to your family!

Ji said...

how precious of your loved ones,
I love their innocent faces,
sparkling smiles,
and shining spirits.

Happy New Year!
May Love and Joy Last!

welcome, any time!

Emily said...

Fun times. You'll have to disguise your handwriting next year...Santa left Melody a note and Jack commented on how Santa's handwriting is a lot like Daddy's!

heidi said...

How fun and what a haul! I totally hit Michaels this year for stocking stuffers and gifts. We were all about the crafty stuff.