Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas 2011

Well, we were quite spoiled this year by Santa and all our family!

Alexander woke up on Christmas day around 8AM. He ran upstairs to wake Daddy and I up and then ran downstairs to bang on the basement door to wake Jo-Jo and Zak up. Then he patiently waited for ALL of us to join him in the living room to watch him open presents. I don't know that I was ever that patient as a kid! He was super thoughtful and wanted us to enjoy the morning together. Once we were together, the unwrapping began!

Santa brought Alexander a couple of train puzzles, a couple of Leapster games, a Candy Land game with a train, and a new train set!

Alexander was very happy to discover that Santa found Jo-Jo and Zak at our house.

AND this year, Santa brought presents to Mommy and Daddy! Daddy scored a new 3D movie and a Western sweatshirts while Mama got a new pair of boots! Alexander scored a bunch of other great gifts too and should have plenty to keep himself busy the rest of this winter.

The rest of the morning, Alexander played with his new train set, played a game of Lego Star Wars Clone Wars (xbox) with Zak, as he waited for us to leave for Ho-Ho Papa and Umma's house.
Finally, we arrived at my parents house where more presents awaited us.
Another little treat was also in store for us - a giant windstorm knocked the power out!Fortunately, my parents have the super duper generator so we had heat and lights. We couldn't cook the prime rib, though the boys certainly tried to be creative and cook it on the grill.

Had there been propane, I bet they would have got it done! Instead, we decided to freeze it and get together on New Year's Day. Not a bad Plan B, if you ask me.

Finally, the time arrived and Papa started handing out the presents. The squeels of delight were endless!

Uncle Patrick called in the middle of all the chaos so we took a break to scream above the noisechat with him.

While we were on pause, more pictures were snapped.

Auntie Kimmie found this AWESOME Disney Christmas train at an antique store. It was a sweet find and we are thrilled to add it to our holiday decorations.

The big score was the Batman GeoTrax cave. He played with it all afternoon.
Finally, the last of the gifts were opened, garbage thrown out and we settled in for an afternoon of play time.

Lorelli and I took a few more photos.

Ho-Ho Papa and Daddy each took a little nap, kids played with toys, the adults played a couple games of Rummikubs, and then we all packed up and headed home.
It was a very merry Christmas, indeed!

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