Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Christmas was so much fun this year. With the boys getting older they are really starting to enjoy things more and get so excited about it all.

The boys were thrilled with Christmas from the moment the decorations starting coming out.

Their favorite were the Hallmark snowmen and Night before Christmas bear that were set on the coffee table. Once they figured out how to work the buttons they were off to the races.

They would run around and around the table trying to keep them all going at once. It was so cute, and so funny.

Christmas came so fast this year I have no idea where it went, but before I knew it, it was already Christmas Eve. My mom and Grandparents came out this year. It's the first time my Grandparents have made the trip in a long, long time. So we were super excited to have them out to visit. Grannie read the boys Christmas bedtime stories and filled their heads with dreams of sugarplums.

Once the boys were in bed Santa's newly deputized elves got to work. They helped Santa get all the toys ready to play with on Christmas morning while mom and dad worked on wrapping lots and lots of presents.

With the clock chiming 2am the presents were wrapped and put in their places. Santa had come and filled stockings for one and all and left a few surprises for the boys as well.
The boys woke up just after 7am as usual. They noticed the presents and gifts from Santa from the upstairs catwalk.

As soon as the gate was opened they made their way downstairs as fast as they could.
And went right to the presents meant for them. Ryan to his truck.
And Connor to his new book reader.

They also checked out the mailboxes Santa had left.

And then Connor spotted the frogs.
The boys had to feed them each and every piece before we could move on.
We eventually made it to the stockings.
Ryan excitedly pulled out truck after truck.
Connor on the other hand found raisins at the top of his stocking and refused to go further until he had polished off at least one box.
After seeing what Santa had brought we took a break and fed the boys what would be the first of their breakfasts.

With food out of the way the boys began opening presents.

With a little encouragement they began to rip the wrapping paper off package after package.

The boys did a great job of helping get the right packages to the right people.

They stopped now and then to play with some of their new toys before deciding to unwrap a few more.

With all the presents unwrapped the adults had brunch, and the boys their second breakfasts. After a round of quick showers we changed out of our PJs and took the show on the road. We stopped briefly at my Aunt and Uncles where the boys opened yet more presents

And once again helped distribute the gifts to all the right folks.

Connor spent a minute helping Justin assemble the BBQ grill or rather running off with a the little bits and pieces. :)

We one again packed the boys back into the car and headed to Kevin's brother's house to celebrate Christmas with his family. It was more than an hour after their normal nap time and at least a 30 minute drive so Kevin sat in the back in the hopes of keeping the boys awake so that they could take a nap once we arrived.

After a nap and dinner the boys opened more presents.

As the boys' bed time approached we headed home once more. But before we called it a night we had to wish Grannie a Happy Birthday as well.

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