Since we've moved back to Rapid and have both families in the area, we've had to divide our holidays up between the two. We finally landed on a tradition that will probably work for years to come. For my side, we decided on getting together at my folks house on Christmas Eve. It's what we always did when we were little and that leaves Christmas Day open for Terry's side of the family. Plus, it extends Christmas a little longer and the kids get a few "early" presents! Of course, Evie doesn't look all that excited. She cracks me up.
Gramma was taking a break from the kitchen and watching the kids plays the old school Nintendo. It wouldn't feel like Christmas if I didn't play Aladdin on that thing. I can whoop that game in an hour. I still got it :)
I forgot my nice camera so we had to make due with Terry's iphone which doesn't do so good in dark indoor rooms like my parents house (my dad prefers dungeon lighting).
Terry just kept taking pictures of Nathan, Ana and Theo even though Nathan wasn't paying attention. The progression is quite funny. First, here, Nathan is engrossed in Pinterest and clueless.
Enter me, "Pssst! Nathan! Terry's taking your picture!"
Nathan, "Er, what?! OH!"
"Okay, okay, I guess I could put it down and pose...."
There you go Nathan!
Ana might have been completely unaware of what was happening behind her. She never stopped smiling :) I don't think she moved an inch!
Grandma and her grandchildren. Hmmm, Nathan and Ana have some catching up to do ;)
One tradition we have is to open gifts from youngest to oldest. Here's Evie's first gift - another Trollbead from my folks.
This was the first non-Star Wars lego set Noah's received in forever. He was psyched.
My mom got a thingy-bobby that takes her gourmet pizzas in and out of the oven.
Theo was a gift in himself. Too bad I couldn't snuggle him. I was sick - lost my voice for like a week.
The kids got new pajamas, which they needed desperately. Noah and Evie's pj's were all capris length they were so short. We might have to do this annually.
Dad got these packable hip waders for hunting. He looked so funny wearing them inside.
And the crown jewel of gifts was a new Wii game, Infinity, from Nathan and Ana (and we got them some characters to go with it). They've been dreaming about this (or Skylander Giants) for a long time. Noah screamed when he opened it. Again, Evie with the weird face. Silly child.
I had asked my brother to make this pinterest mirror for me for Christmas with some leftover pine beetle bugwood from their nursery. I love it!!!
We got home a little late, put the kids in their new pajamas and tucked them in for the night. Then we got to work preparing for Christmas morning. They were so excited. The anticipation is so great.