Maddie got a VERY large doll house. Chris got home around 6 and started to put it together. It wasn't done until 10! I kept joking that we needed a structural engineer to put the thing together. The kids weren't helping the assembly process because they were so excited to see it done. Chris has a hard enough time putting things together and following directions without the distraction of preschoolers.
This house is a good foot taller than Maddie is. She can't even reach the top of the roof. We let them stay up until it was done because every time we mentioned bedtime it was complete hysteria. She played with it for about 10 minutes then they went to bed easily.
This year Jackson wanted NOTHING to do with Santa. One day in November we went to the mall and walked by Santa's setup. I heard Jackson say "I don't want to see santa". I looked at him and he was actually walking with his hands covering his eyes so he couldn't see him. I didn't push the issue and really never made the effort to take them to see him. Skipping it wasn't an option for me though so I dressed them up yesterday and brought them. Jackson kept saying over and over that he didn't want to see him. I told him I would hold him and stay there with him and even that wasn't a comfort for him. We waited in a short line and Jackson warmed up to him right away. He hopped right in his lap and Maddie let me put her in his lap. I was in shock! But I ran back to the camera to help get them to smile.