My Christmas day started at about 6:15 when Brogan woke up early. I took a bottle of milk through to him and left, hoping he would go back to sleep for a while because I thought Avery would probably sleep in a little since she went to bed a little late. I went back to bed and couldn't sleep because I was so excited for Avery to wake up!!! Luckily she didn't sleep much later than normal, so by about 7:15 we were all sitting on our bed with our stockings :)
Opening stocking presents :)
Opening stocking presents :)
Gabe got up to go to the bathroom, and Brogan followed him out into the hall, but then spotted the car down by the tree and was down there like a shot, so by the time Gabe came out of the bathroom Brogan was already in the car :) It was love at first sight :) Then Avery and I came downstairs, and you can see the excitement on her face as she spots the car from the top of the stairs!! Brogan wasn't at all ready to share, so we had some tears when it was Avery's turn :(
Once Avery was in the car she did not want to get out!!! We decided to open all the presents from Santa before breakfast, and Avery opened hers while sitting in the car :)
As much as she loved the car though, she was much more willing and able to let Brogan have his turn without whining or crying :)
Santa brought us a super cool remote controlled car! It really is very fun - I've been playing with it a lot! Brogan was fascinated!
Avery was excited about it too! Every time it got close to her she would squeal and scream! Partly out of fear I think, but mostly out of excitement :)
It's a little tricky to control though, so this is her running away from it as she accidentally drives it towards herself :)
Then it was time for breakfast! Of course, Santa brought us cereal so that was our breakfast! No time for anything fancy when there are presents to be opened! Hehe! Avery chose Trix, and poured them into her bowl all by herself... she poured about 15 of them into her bowl and that was all she wanted!! I suppose she was ain a rush to get back to the serious business of present opening :)
Once we got back to the tree, we were having such a great time opening presents and playing with new toys that I completely forgot to take any pictures! I don't have a single one! But it was fun. Almost every time we asked Avery if she was ready to open another present, she would sigh and say, "Oh no, I'm still playing with this one", so we'd have to tell her that she could play open a present at the same time and then she'd happily open another one! As she carefully ripped off the paper she would say, "Oh what is it? What is it???!!" She played with all the toys as she opened them, but when it was clothes she would just throw them back to me and get back to the toys, which is why it was funny at the end when I asked her which was her favourite present and she replied, "Umm...the shirts"!! Haha!
Brogan found the whole thing absolutely exhausting! So when we sat down to watch Up (one of Gabe's presents), he climbed up onto the couch and lay on Gabe.
At 4pm we went over to the McConnells' house for a potluck meal and get together. We had delicious ham rolls and dip and chips and cheesy potato stuff, and far too much sweet chocolatey goodness! All the children a lot of fun playing together, but of course with the combination of excitement and sugar, there was crying from one child or another every few minutes too! But nothing that a little bit of chocolate couldn't fix :) Avery wanted to "Run and chase the kids in the house like the other kids", so Gabe and I took it in turns to hold her hands and help her run around chasing :) Brogan again loved having big boys and girls to play with and follow around!
A split second before this photo was taken Andy was sitting on Gabe's lap...!
Gabe and Andy have both recently got new phones, and every time they see each other they both have some fun new application to show the other one, and Andy had just found one that he was so excited about that he just had to show Gabe, and since I was sitting next to him the only option he had was Gabe's lap!! For some reason he was on his feet quick as lightening the second he saw the camera in my hand...... :D
Sweet little baby Pheobe. So cute! t's been so long since I've had a sleeping baby in my arms! I can count on one hand the number of times Brogan has ever fallen asleep in my arms.... he was even less of a cuddling fan as a baby than he is now!
Two days of excitement really took its toll on this sweet little boy! When Gabe took him to put his shoes on he just collapsed on the couch and couldn't muster up the energy to sit up again for several minutes!
Avery played with this Elmo for about 10 minutes before we left, and learnt the whole song in that time :) It was pretty cute :)
All in all, it was one pretty perfect Christmas!! Of course, it would be lovely to have family and cousins nearby so that we could spend some time with extended family over the holidays, but it was still such a fun Christmas, and I just think that it's just going to get more and more fun every year as the children get older. I love it. And it is lovely to have such good friends nearby to stand in place of family a little bit :)