Here are some highlights from our 3-day long holiday. Wednesday was Christmas with my sister and her family. The kids had fun with the cousins that they never see even though we live only 10 minutes away from one another. The adults drank wine and the kiddos drank sparkling cider. Good times.
The picture below cracked me up. Tim actually fell asleep while the kids were opening their presents and my BIL looked like he was completely bored.
On Christmas eve day, we met my IL's at their church and the kids did amazingly well sitting through the 90 minute service. Every time I heard a child scream or cry, I took pleasure in the fact that it was NOT one of my kids, for a change.
I forgot to take pictures of the kids opening their presents at my IL's but suffice it to say that they made out like bandits. Lots of toys....which meant lots of tiny pieces with sharp edges that will surely end up impaled on the bottom of my feet at some point.
We got home late and the kids made sure to leave a plate of homemade cookies for Santa, along with some carrots and reindeer food for the reindeer. In the morning, they were pleasantly surprised to see that Santa and the reindeer had eaten mostly everything.
Then their attention turned to the tree and when they saw the presents, chaos ensued.
Each of the kids got exactly what they asked Santa for (and then some).
Yes, that's Garrett...our little Toy Story obsessed child. He's carrying a stuffed Buzz Lightyear doll on his back with a TS backpack, and Woody, Buzz and the rocket ship stuffed in the pocket of the front of the scooter. He rode around the house the entire morning screaming, "To infinity and beyond". More good times.
Bella got every doll imaginable. I believe she has more inventory than Target does now. And her doll house has nicer furniture than my home does. Those freakin dolls even have a piano!!
The one thing she really wanted was one of those Zhu Zhu pets. And they were nowhere to be found in any of the stores around here. But I had entered a giveaway on Clueless Mama's blog and...I won a Zhu Zhu pet!!!
Can you believe that luck?! Bella was over the moon with her new pet, who later received a companion when we went to Toys R Us to buy the kids gifts from my dad and grandma. I found it kinda interesting that they suddenly had some more hamsters AFTER Christmas.
You wanna keep your kids entertained for hours? Buy these pets, seriously.
Cole's theme this year was dinosaurs, Hot Wheels and Wii games. Typical boy.
Landon got lots of cars, trucks and trains. He was a happy boy, although the picture below doesn't really show that.
My mom, stepdad and brother came over that evening to give the kids their gifts and have dinner with us. When my mom noticed that Bella and I were making a cake, she asked, "Oh, is that for me?" I had completely forgotten that her birthday was the next day. But that's okay because she forgot my 40th birthday last April. No harm, no foul.
I said, "No, the cake is for Jesus...we bake one every year to celebrate his birth". She frowned and asked, "No cake for me?" She looked so pathetic and sad so I told her she could share a cake with Jesus this year. This will definitely go down in history....the year my Jewish mother shared a birthday cake with Jesus.
And that, my friends, was the end of Christmas 2009. I'm SO ready for 2010! Bring it!
Sorry I haven't been around the blogosphere much this past week. Hopefully, I can make up for that this week!! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their loved ones!