Friday, January 22, 2010

Christmas Morning at Home

Steve and I thought for sure the kids would come running early in the morning into our room, jump on the bed and demand to open presents. We were so shocked that we actually had time to open our own stocking to each other before they woke up.

The night before they hadn't fallen asleep until 10:00, so I guess it makes sense that they wouldn't get up until almost 8:00, and it was nice to have some quiet time with Steve in the morning, but it did seem strange. Oh, well. I suppose I should just take it as a little gift. I'm sure future years won't be like this.

The volume definitely turned up when they started opening up stockings. Jared loved his new sword, but I think he liked the candy even more. He wanted to take each individual piece out of the stocking and line it up (why didn't I just keep them in the bag?), but we soon coaxed him into opening other presents.

I think we went a little overboard with the amount of presents we bought for the kids. We always stay within our budget, but I usually go to the thrift store for some things, and all those 50 items start to add up to a huge pile of presents to open. Then they want to stop to play with each thing for a while. And Jared had to make sure every last bit of paper and tape was off each present before he would stop to look at it.

Here's Alexa doing her dance of joy when she opened up her new stamp set - her number one request.

Steve helped Jared put together his new Transformer - Jared's number one request was a robot.

Alexa loved her new princess dress-up set and matching shoes.

Another big hit: a Lego robot set to put together with Steve.

And the last present of the morning: a Playmobile pirate ship, which Jared and Steve put together promptly afterwards.

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