January 15, 2015

Catching up on Christmas - Part 2

The kids actually slept in Christmas morning until a reasonable hour. If memory serves me, it was sometime between six and seven o'clock.

But my memory doesn't always serve me well. I could be thinking about last week, or last night, or last Christmas! I'm not sure now... hmmmmm.

Anyway, I was trying to think of a clever caption for this photo. How about this? "Mom! I don't like getting presents! Send them back to Santa!" 

Shouts of joy and excitement were heard as Hubby and I tried to bury our heads under the pillows.

It didn't work.

But we made the early birds wait until everyone else was awake.
And if they dare wake someone up on purpose, they would lose a present!

Eh hem... not that we would ever threaten such a thing.

And Hubby didn't make them wait while he took a shower either.


It was all good though because Jackson was the last one up.

And was completely confused as to why everyone was so dang chipper!

And stared at the gifts in confusion.

Waiting for daddy...

And waiting...


Per tradition, gifts are opened one at a time, going from youngest to oldest.

Jackson really wasn't sure what he was suppose to with the thing. He just kept swatting at the paper while the kids were anxiously shouting encouragement.

Which only had him swatting harder.

We finally gave him a hand before Claira expired from the torturous waiting.

We kept things super simple this year.

I'm kind of on this "anti-stupid-toy" kick. We mainly got educational or hands-on stuff.

No electronics and no dolls/figures or things that they would play with for a day then never touch again. Because my kids aren't really into that stuff anyway.

They THINK they are for about a week. Then they aren't.

The kids are still young enough for that to work.

I was the most worried about Jacob. I thought that perhaps he would be disappointed in one of his gifts.

Nope. He LOVED it.

Now, before you shoot me, just know that Alayna did get other "girly" things. But Hubby thought we should wrap up her new bike tires and give them as a gift as well.

Once again I was surprised at how happy she was with them!

She does love her bike though and was sad when the tires gave out.

Okay, worst picture EVER of Joseph. But I wanted to post it anyway because I loved the other kids faces so much.

I guess I didn't take any other pictures of Savannah's gifts. Oops.

Shared gifts!


Lots of family stuff!

My favorite thing of all was when Hubby and I opened our gifts from the kids.

Hahaha! I just couldn't stop laughing!

After presents and stockings were unloaded, we tried out my new waffle maker!

I even decided to give one of the waffle hacks a shot.

The eggs cooked pretty well and the kids thought it was fun!

Except Claira.

She refused to touch the "weird eggs" because they were "eestusting"!

All-in-all, we had a lot of fun!

So the rest of Christmas break looked at lot like this:

The kinetic sand was a hit!

Until they started leaving their creations out on the floor (the table was full of other Christmas projects) and Jackson thought it was hilarious to throw it around the kitchen.

*banging head on table*

To Be Continued.....

4 super cool people speak:

Amanda Joy {Joy in the Jumble} said...

We got Snap Circuits and Magformers too (Dang those suckers cost a lot!). I created a pinterest board that all three sets of grandparents were privy to. I told them that none of us were going to waste anymore money on useless toys that are not played with. Christmas went much better this year. Santa doesn't visit except to bring a family game, a Christmas book, and a Nativity... our criteria of gifts fell in the something they Want, Read, Play, Need. Hands on learning, drawing/doodle/art supplies, and LOTS of LEGO sets.
I am glad that it worked out for you guys too:)

Mama Smith said...

So fun...seeing each family handle their Christmas activities! I agree with you and Amanda...Gifts that will have LASTING...memories or year long enjoyment...!

Valerie said...

I didn't know other dads might make their kids wait to open presents until after showering. :)

Kira said...

we were given Kinetic Sand too. I keep it in a small plastic container for paper. It has a LID. Adam uses his mini construction trucks in it and EVERYONE plays in it. We like it.

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