Well, we had a fantastic Christmas. We were absolutely spoiled by eachother and all our parents/grandparents. However, the best part about it was that not only did we get to spend it together, we also got to share it with my mom and stepdad and younger brother. They came up on Christmas Eve (and beat the bad weather and road closures) and stayed until Saturday. We never get visitors and so we thoroughly enjoyed having them in our home and had such a good time with them! We played games (Farkle being our favorite), watched movies, went on rides, ate until we thought we'd pop and just visited and enjoyed one another. It was great!
Here we are all watching a movie and relaxing. My parents think it's funny that Cash's most famous sentences are "Let go of me" and "I want to watch a movie".
This is my younger brother, Josh. If you have any lovely available relatives, send them his way. He's still single (but only 23, we just give him a hard time:)).
It was fun to actually be able to see our family members open their gifts from us and even funner to have them be able to see Cash and Vanna (with Cash's help of course) open their gifts from Grandma and Grandpa. We had most of the presents wrapped in advance but late Christmas Eve "Santa" set up and put out a few more for the kids. Cash was thrilled when he saw his new tent and nerf baseball and bat (and if you can believe it, Ty only had to throw him the ball three times before Cash picked up on it and could hit the ball with his bat). He was also excited to actually get to open all those presents sitting under the tree. Here's a little record of the things we got for Christmas this year:
Cash - "Cars" tent & sleeping bag, nerf baseball & bat, Winnie the Pooh potty training toilet (yeah!), more mini cars, puzzle, John Deere tractor, socks, clothes, electric toothbrush, gum (that he won't stay out of), Peter Pan DVD, Sword in the Stone DVD, a life jacket, books and toys, and a remote control car (that he just has to got to sleep with every night now)...
Vanna - Winnie the Pooh spinning toy, counting toy, p.j.s, onesies, hairbows, clothes, a swimming suit for next summer, Sleeping Beauty DVD, her first doll, and I think her favorite was simply her new sippy cup...
Ty & Erica - barstools for the house, a huge wall clock and large decorative shelf for family pictures from my mom and stepdad, an under the cupboard CD player for the kitchen and family wall hanging from Ty's parents, shoes, clothes, a large plastic folding table and chairs (for my scrapbooking), more DVDs and more (that I just can't put my finger on at the moment).
My stocking stuffers from my thoughtful husband - you'll see that he always gets me my favorite - "Almond Roca".
We didn't think we were doing that much for Christmas this year but our bundle always ends up being amazing when we receive so much from loving friends and family - we are so spoiled - we thank you and we love you. We hope your Christmas treated you well too!