|Our family's Christmas card picture this year- decided to just go with the crazy instead of fighting it|
With a bunch of 1 1/2 year olds running around, we really couldn't participate in too many Christmas activities. We did go looking at Christmas lights, but they fell asleep soon after we left home. I may have fallen asleep too, so I guess Dave and my parents saw lots of lights.
We also took the kids to see Santa this year. I did have an adult per child and that was definitely the way to go! Bass Pro Shop by our house has a great Santa's Wonderland and gives you one free picture. We called ahead to let them know we were coming and showed up at opening time on a Monday morning- good call. They were very accommodating and let me do individuals and a group shot. Andrew and Allison cried through it, Ben and Levi completely hammed it up, and Caroline and Leah were quite indifferent to the whole thing. The event coordinator for the store was very nice and gave us lots of free pictures and invited us back for next year! Free pictures = you will see us next year.
A group of friends wanted to get the kids something, but knowing we have plenty of toys, books, and clothes decided to go a more practical route. A few days before Christmas they delivered a car load of wrapped gifts. So thoughtful and sweet! The kids had a blast climbing all over them and sometimes pulling paper. Us adults got some laughs as we unwrapped paper towels, diapers, canned fruit, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and cookies. It was great!
|Why open when you can climb?|
Christmas Eve we opened our family gifts. Again, the kids were mostly interested in climbing all over them- even the tiny ones. They pulled some of the paper and liked taking bows off and they were somewhat interested in the gifts. Gifts were more appreciated the next day when they were set out in play areas. We really lucked out that they got so many birthday gifts. I had lots of stuff still in storage and we just wrapped up the birthday gifts in Christmas paper. Worked out fabulously! All the big birthday gifts/hand-me-downs were delivered by Santa overnight. These included play kitchens, Cozy Coupes, and toddler couches. Dave wasn't thrilled with staying up late to play Santa, but the kids really love all the things he brought, so it was worth it. And I reminded Dave that we're just getting started with the whole Santa thing :)
|It's a big one!|
|Levi testing out the new couch|
|Leah modeling her Christmas outfit on the new couch|
|I know there are cookies up there!|