Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Festivities

For some reason I'm not that great at taking pictures during the holidays. I did alright this year, but I'm realizing I missed a few things. Oh well! A few of the things not pictured...We went to the lights at Thanksgiving point and afterward we saw the reindeer! We also went to the mall to meet Santa and ride the train. We were lucky enough to get to be on the train when it picked up Santa to take him to his "North Pole" after his lunch break. Fun stuff. I actually did get pictures of that, but only on my phone and I don't know how to blog Then on Christmas Eve we went to my brother Dion's house and partied it up! My sister Debbie and her family were here from Boston and it was so fun to hang out with lots of family! Good food and a good ol' "yanky swap" (aka White Elephant gifts).

Okay, on to the pictures. First off we have our traditional gingerbread house building! So fun, the kids really look forward to it every year. One of these days we'll make one from scratch. This was not that year.

Next was mom's sick day. I was actually pretty sick all week, but Wednesday was the worst. I was throwing up all night and spent the morning at the InstaCare and the rest of the day on the couch or in bed. Thank heavens for a husband who works from home and can help out when I have days like that! The kids were taking really good care of me though! As you can see they wanted to make sure I didn't get too cold! There are 3 blankets there...

Christmas Eve we had our sugar cookie making party! I love sugar cookie day, despite the gigantic mess it creates. We invited some neighbors over to decorate with us. I forgot to take pictures during the festivities, but here are a few of the completed cookies. So cute and tasty!

Then finally, CHRISTMAS MORNING! The spoils before the kids got to them...

And after...

Everyone seemed happy with what they got, we got a Wii for a family gift and went pretty cheap otherwise, but the kids didn't seem to care that the toys weren't anything super big and expensive. They don't completely appreciate the Wii yet either, but we know they will once they get the hang of playing their games.

Kate didn't care thing one about any of her gifts really except the binkies from Santa and her new Leapfrog music table (new to her, we got it from kid to kid for $11! ). I KNEW she would love that table, no toy has ever kept her attention like it has, so glad I found it! The rest of her gifts were mostly hand me downs anyway, and she plays with them, but she was so engrossed with the table and watching the big kids rip paper to shreds that she didn't really notice the presents for her. But she thought it was all the best thing ever, boxes and paper and noise, it was great! It was so fun to watch!

Do you see the binky? Personalized and adorable! She got 3 like it and one "Mute Button" binky. Love it! And don't you just love the look she's giving me in this picture? haha...

Later that afternoon we went to Grandma and Grandpa Owen's house for more gifts and a yummy Christmas dinner. Didn't get pictures of that either. Doh! Then yesterday we went to my sister Doneen's house and had a big traditional Christmas dinner with my family. I just love being surrounded my family. I wish it could be like this all the time!

As for my gifts, it started a week or so ago at Ryan's work party where I got $150 in gift cards to spend on me! Yay! I've 2/3 of it already and have gotten a sweater jacket, a shirt, two dresses, and two pairs of pants...although I'm second guessing one pair, so I might still exchange those. I love new clothes...if only they could be 3 sizes smaller...I'm hoping to have a shopping day with my sister before she goes back to Boston to have her help me pick some things with the remaining gift card. I also got 2 books and the big Miche bag! Yay! I've been wanting it forever and Ryan has always made fun of me, but it turns out he's had it waiting to surprise me for weeks! Now I get to pick a shell for it. And of course, the Wii was a lot for me, we've already had a blast with it!

Ryan got $100 from his work that I think he is spending on more stuff for the Wii, then he got an ipad case, and iphone case, a book, a game and a movie. And of course new carpeting and flooring two months ago...haha.

All in all a great Christmas, if only I could have felt great all week it would have been perfect. I love my family and this time of year! On to New Years, yay! I cannot believe a new year in upon us. I can't wait to see what it brings. Here is one more picture to close things out, turns out Kate LOVES candy canes! :)


Emily said...

I love your sugar cookies, they look delish! So sorry you were so sick, that's miserable. I hope you're feeling all better now.

Danielle said...

Sounds like you guys had a fun Christmas (except being sick... sorry!). Evan got the same table and loves it!!! I wish I would have gotten it from Kid to Kid, too! I got it on Amazon for pretty cheap, though, but not for $11!