Merry Christmas: December 25, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

Click here for video #1 - Christmas morning at our house (Dec. 25, 2010)
Click here for video #2 - Christmas morning at our house (Dec. 25, 2010)
Click here for video #3 - Dennie's Christmas (Dec. 25, 2010)

Graham was the first one to stir this morning with his yell “Momma, I want outta here”-over and over again til Dad came and brought him to our room.  Of course, he didn’t know that it was Christmas Day so he just laid in bed while Mom and then Dad took their showers.  Graham had his milk and had started watching his movie.  He didn’t remember about Santa but he sure remembered that Grannymom, Grandpa, Nonna, Pops and Jason were all coming over to eat cinnamon rolls.  Next was Anderson and Reagan waking up around 6:45.  Reagan thought Santa had come but still thought it was Christmas Eve.  She was ready to go downstairs though and check things out.  Anderson was just getting cozy in the bed with his milk when Dad finally came back upstairs with Campbell and the okay to head downstairs.
Last year, Reagan was disappointed because Santa didn’t have what she had asked for-but this year he did-a Lalaloopsy doll!  And she was very pleased.  Everyone was.  As Anderson walked down the stairs, he put his hands on his head and screamed.  Graham was so excited about his Stinky.  It took Anderson a minute to see his roundhouse but then he was delighted.  Reagan and Campbell briefly noticed the kitchen but quickly moved on to other things!  (Thought they did play with it quite a bit this afternoon) 
We took turns opening presents-some of the highlights were backpacks, toothbrushes, candy and socks for all.  Reagan got her Lalaloopsy, a magic fabric machine, my little pony, strawberry shortcake, hopscotch twister, hello kittys and a blanket.  Anderson opened his roundhouse, a turn table, lincoln logs, a train, pictureaka game and a spaceship/space station to share with Graham.  Graham had his stinky, a train, a space vehicle, gator golf and an oreo cookie game.  Campbell had quite a few sets of felt food, a purse, stacking cups and a Snow White doll.  Dad had a new tv waiting for him, lottery tickets, extension cords and an icee maker.  Mom opened an ikea gift card, two bags, granola, a picture frame and two shirts.
It did look like Toys R Us had thrown up in the living room by the time that we were finished.  The kids were overwhelmed and we did spend more of the day opening things.  Reagan has pretty much opened everything with only one thing left.  Anderson has a few things that he doesn’t even know that he opened.  It was a pretty good mix of presents.  The favorites are probably the Lalaloopsy, roundhouse and stinky but they have all spent quite a bit of time playing with the spaceship-at one time today, all of the my little ponies were taking a ride on it.
Mom had made 100 cinnamon rolls and around 8:30 everyone showed up to have a few.  Pops had to bring his coffee pot so we had plenty of coffee and plenty of cinnamon rolls.  The kids enjoyed showing off their presents and everyone enjoyed the cinnamon rolls.  After everyone had left, Dad took a nap while Jason helped everyone build a new train track.  They worked and worked on getting one just right and really enjoyed it.  Graham did join Dad on the couch and wanted to put on Mom’s new snuggie-her and Dad have matching ones. 
Campbell had a short nap and before we knew it, it was time to load up and head to Dana and Brad’s house for Christmas lunch.  The kids each took one of their toys but didn’t really want to get them out since they were much more interested in what Lilly and Cash had.  Santa had been good to them too.  During lunch Graham started saying that he wanted to go to his house.  Eventually, Mom and Dad noticed the Cash had on a mask and Graham was just scared.  After Cash took off his mask and showed Graham that he was just him, he calmed down and decided to stay a little bit long.  After lunch, the kids had plenty of time to play but soon it was time to come back home for a quick rest.  
Back at home, everyone had a rest and then rushed around to make to to Grannymom’s house for presents and supper.  Les, Shelley, Josh and Zach were already there and the kids were getting anxious. Soon Lilly and Cash arrived and we started passing out presents.  30 minutes later we were still passing out presents but finally started-going oldest to youngest.  It was a long time to wait between turns but the kids did well.  The kids ended up with alot of loot-a pillow pet, zhu zhu pets, legos…tons of stuff.  The favorite for the boys was the stomp rocket.  Reagan’s favorite will be her zhu zhu pet but she sure did enjoy the “boy toy” of the stomp rocket.  After presents, we had soup and sandwiches-but the kids were too busy begging Mom to open more and more presents for them.  Anderson was looking for more crackers and Aunt Shelley told him that Uncle Les finished them off.  He promptly told her that that was not funny.  They did all enjoy watching Aunt Shelley put together Zach’s light brite-but since there were 5 kids watching and helping, Zach didn’t want to play too long with it.
Soon it was time to go but they weren’t ready at all.  We made it home and read our last night of what God wants for Christmas.  Tonight Reagan opened up the present of what God wants for Christmas and it was a mirror (me is what she should have saw) but Reagan was quite perplexed about why God wanted a mirror for Christmas. 
It was a great Christmas and now it will take about 3 weeks to get the house back into order!

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