I'm always impressed by those people who have a Christmas post published ON CHRISTMAS with cute pictures of their kiddos opening presents. I have decided, though, that they are CRAZY. And they must get up a lot earlier than I do... I'm pretty stinkin' proud of myself for getting this up the day after though, and not halfway into January, as has been my pattern!
Not how the day started, but this one sums up the best parts of Christmas for our family:
(Jon was freaking out because he couldn't get the giant box of brownie mix open. Little did he know that Mark had already made a batch, which was cooking as he screamed.)
No, Jonathan didn't climb up there himself. He was messing with the oven while we were trying to get something hot out, so I put him on the trash can just to keep him from burning himself. He loved it, since he got to play with the light switch that way.
Okay, on to the presents! Stockings - most loved part: PEZ dispensers.
After two years of searching, I finally found a travel size Hungry Hungry Hippos game! Now my boys can play it without me fearing for Jon's life. (He still puts EVERYTHING in his mouth.)
The big Santa presents this year were Leapster 2s - 1 for each boy. Isaac's came with a Wall-E game cartridge. They didn't win out over the PEZ though. Good try Santa.
See, that's the Thomas the Tank Engine PEZ dispenser... and the abandoned Leapster...
We found the EVE PEZ dispenser and couldn't let that one go. Isaac thought we were awesome for it. I'm glad that's all we had to do to make his day.
A very blurry GO-4. He was snuggled and came to church with us. I think Isaac MAY be sleeping with him again, but we've had to ban that, since he tends to fall behind the bed and cause problems in the middle of the night...
Little trucks! Jon liked making them drive over the Leapster. I'm glad it was good for something.
AND the end-all-be-all present: SPIDER-MAN! He talks and slings web. Um... Nobody saw that one coming. Grandma and Grandpa Bailey totally won with that one.
The Cars book is destined to be a favorite. The little cars are all over the living room (still) which is Jon's way of making sure he's marked his territory.
After church, we had to wait for Mark to finish up his responsibilities, so the boys were STARVING by the time we got home. Luckily, Uncle Scott and Aunt Julie have magical powers of foresight and sent yummy crackers and cheese for them to devour upon arrival.
We got to Skype with our Cedar City family, which is always an adventure (the boys always take that opportunity to run around like maniacs). It was awesome to actually get to SEE Sboy and Kristi again after their deployment. Everybody looked happy and healthy - Mom even has the use of both arms again!
Dinner was with Grandma Sue and Marty. There was much enjoyment of our super fatty meal of fettuccine Alfredo (with salad, don't worry), brownies with whipped topping, and Abuelita (possibly the YUMMIEST hot chocolate ever). Then, Jon showed off his amazing powers of screaming all evening until he finally fell asleep. A good time was had by all.
As you can probably tell, our Christmas was fabulous. Couldn't have asked for anything more, except maybe a nap (ha, but we know better than to ask for the impossible).
Possibly the best part of Christmas this year was that Isaac really understood what all the fuss was about. He'd tell us all about how exciting it is to celebrate Jesus' birthday, and he'd help recite the Nativity story. I'm so grateful to have him help remind us why we do all of the silly stuff we do for this holiday!