Monday, December 25, 2006

The Five Days of Christmas

We had a wonderful Christmas this year. We spread the holiday over several days, so all of our family was able to get their "kid fix" w/o Eli and the girls getting so overwhelmed. I am so thankful that the good Lord allowed us to spend Christmas with all three of our wonderful children.

Day One- Grandma Phyliss and Pa's house

The girls had a fun time at the birthday party for baby Jesus. We had a pizza party with plenty of cake, cookies, and soda in little tea cups. The favorite gifts were Kaitlyn- Ariel wedding set, Genny- spinning princess doll, and Eli- Mr. Grinch from Uncie Nic (b/c they look so much alike) and diapers (already put to good use and gone).

You would think they'd be happier with all the presents they have to open. Genny is just being the typical 3 yo, pouting b/c I made her take this picture.

Cousins Kelly and Marc

Kaitlyn with her Ariel wedding set. She loves to play bride and the sweetheart.

Genny with her dancing princess doll. She loves to spin the little doll on the furniture.

Eli the Grinch, he's so not impressed

Christmas Day Two

Paul and Marie's house (Shawn's parents)
We went out for a big pancake breakfast at IHOP Friday morning. After the girls were good, full, and all covered in maple syrup, we went to Shawn's parents house to open gifts. Favorite gifts were: Kaitlyn- makeup case, Genny- Thomas the train set, Eli- red tissue paper. The funniest part of the morning was Genny opening her clothes. She ripped open the box, threw the tissue paper and clothes out, and squealed in her little Mickey mouse voice "You forgot the toy in this box".

Eli getting comfy on the couch

Genny with her train rock loader set. She added it her big train table she got from (Gumpa) Santa Christmas Day.

Kaitlyn with her big make-up case. She loved getting all dolled up (I won't comment on what she looked like after her 5 y/o beauty treatment)

Eli's still not impressed with his gifts

Genny looking for her toy after opening the clothes box

Eli- "Did my mother just put something on my head"

"Oh no, she didn't"

"Ok guys, this is just getting ridiculous. My parent's definitely need a new hobby"

Day 5, Christmas Day

At our home with Grandma Becky, Gumpa, Uncie Mike
We had a nice relaxing Christmas day at home. I cooked a full Christmas dinner from recipes I found online and everything turned out wonderful. Of course I made way too much food and just threw out the final leftovers (after New Years day). Everything was very tasty, we all ate too much, but I am so looking forward to ham & bean soup. Favorite gifts were: girls- princess tea set, Kaitlyn- interactive dancing princess Genevieve doll & Nintendo DS, Genny- huge Thomas the train set w/ table & Thomas Aquadoodle mat, Eli- Pampers (already poo'ed on all of those too).
I unfortunately didn't get any pictures of the beautiful table that (Gumpa) Santa made, but I do have video of the girls first going downstairs to see their train. Genny exclaimed "Howy Sh*t, Santa brought me my train". I was too tired to yell at her on the video (this was at 5:45 am), but it was kind of funny how excited she was. Kaitlyn was pretty glum in most the pictures b/c she didn't open her Santa gift until last. She finally cracked a huge gooofy grin when she opened her Nintendo DS game.
We had a great Christmas, but we were all ready for things to be done by Monday afternoon. Our two garbage cans were heaping with boxes and wrappings, our fridge packed full of leftover food, and the kids were exhausted from all the excitement. I am awaiting next year when I can have my whole family at my home for Christmas.

Kaitlyn looking pretty before Christmas dinner

Genny awaiting dinner, she already snuck a candy cane off the tree
Lots of tea cups for the girls to serve dishwater (I guess Sponge Bob did it)
Uncie Mike with his new hat and shirt. I didn't know he was *actually* going to wear the shirt...LOL, j/k Mike, it looks good on ya.
Gumpa in his bear hat

Kaitlyn's long awaited Nintendo DS