Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010

We started off our Christmas celebration at Grandma and Grandpa's making cookies for Santa.


The tongue is essential for proper cookie making

After they were done with cookies Nana came to pick them up to take them to mass at church.

Once they got back our guests started to arrive. My mom let them open a present that kept them occupied for a while.

14 people all fit in here! I really should someday write about the history of our Christmas Eve celebration. It didn't always exist and it's had a few changes of venue. Oh nevermind, I just did some searching in past posts and found their first christmas post from 2007. It explains everything in case you're interested . And another thing I discovered is that Maddie and Jackson were wearing the exact same outfits last Christmas Eve.

I think everyone's favorite part is popping the crackers. I was in between Maddie and Chris and they BOTH got the bigger half so I didn't get anything :-(

Alyssa was loving Tillie!


Tillie says, "Really? You're just going to stand there and take pictures?"

We also do a grab that has a different theme every year. This year's theme was "eat, drink, and be merry". Raffe was happy to get hot chocolate and I was happy to get cosmo mix!


And the whole crew. This was our 5th attempt with the timer on the camera.

We left my parents' house around 9 and went to the O'Connell's house. Matt and Stacey were there this year with baby Henry. I got to snuggle him for a bit before they put him to bed. Maddie and Jackson were just two months older than Henry when we brought them to the O'Connell's for the first time.



We got home at 11:45. The kids had fallen asleep in the car but woke up when we brought them in. I was glad they woke up because I wanted them to see us put out the cookies and milk for Santa.
After they went to bed the big debate began. We hadn't wrapped their presents yet so we were trying to decide if we should wrap or leave them unwrapped. I was worried about not being able to get a good video of them if they were unwrapped since they would be facing the tree and not me. So we spent the next two hours wrapping presents. I got to bed around 2.

You'll see from the gifts that Chris is pushing Star Wars already. The red and white helmet is a replica of the Kick Buttowski (disney XD) helmet. Jackson LOVES that show. Chris bought the white helmet from ebay and uncle Stevie put the red stripe on it for us.


I didn't really get any pictures of them opening presents, just a bunch of video but here they are after hence the mess!


The one toy Jackson told everyone he wanted for Christmas was a "bike ride". We hadn't gotten it because we figured it would take up a lot of space in our tiny house. It's basically a game controller in the shape of a bicycle. It really was the only thing he wanted so Chris went out and got it on Christmas Eve. We told them it was for both of them. They were very excited. Maddie always said she just wanted to make cookies with mommy! How sweet is that??

After tearing them away from their toys we went to my parents house to open presents there. My mom got them a few gifts to open but she also gave them money so we could take them to do fun stuff like skiing/snowboarding.
Who would think their favorite toy would be a flashlight?




My dad also got them an ATV ride on toy. He got it for free on craigslist because it was broken but he was able to fix it. They were very excited about that.

After that we went to Nana and Papa's house. Courtney, Mike, Kristen and I gathered the kids before Thanksgiving and did a photo session with them for Eileen for Christmas. This is her opening the canvas prints.

We decided last year that Christmas would be in PJs. Not everybody participates but the kids and I do!
Sophia and Alyssa opening their presents from us.

Chris's Aunt Judy brought even more gifts for them.

This is Maddie walking around with one of the zhu zhu pets Judy bought for her. She loves them!


Apparently the kids decided to have a party under the table in the kitchen. Jim was invited.

Once we got home the kids got in their new snuggies and played with their new leapster explorers.
Daddy also put together the "bike ride" for them to play only to find out it needed D batteries which we had none of.


An Urban Story said...

Hope you had a Merry Christmas! I don't know how you had the energy to post already. I'm still recovering. Love the red wall paneling in that one room.....

Kerry Lynn said...

Thanks! I don't know how I did it already either. I'm so relieved it's done so I don't have to worry about it.
That room was built in 1667!