December 25, 2011-Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!
Highlights from today: (Click here for pictures)
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  • Santa and the Tooth Fairy watched their movie until 1 last night and then started to work.  The Tooth Fairy's job was pretty easy but Santa had about 4 sack full of presents to carry down from the roof (attic).  It was nearly 2, when they finally went to bed.
  • And then Graham continued to fuss.  He had been off and on most of the evening and one of us would go upstairs and get him back to sleep.  But at 2, it was past going up and down the steps so Robby just headed up to sleep in bed with Graham.  He said that the poor thing tossed and turned until about 4:45.
  • But at 7, I heard two boys on the monitor and nudged Robby who was sleeping soundly.  I moved pretty quick to stop them from going in the living room and turned the corner out of my hallway just as Anderson and Graham came down the steps.  Anderson was doing a dance in the hallway and could hardly contain himself-they were all so excited that I made everyone go back upstairs to potty.
  • I went up to get Campbell out of her crib and Robby stirred Keaton.  I tried to explain that they couldn't go in the living room yet because Daddy wanted to take their picture.  Anderson said "okay, where do we sit?" and Graham asked if he could open presents after the picture.  Poor things didn't understand that I just wanted us to take a few pictures of them opening presents.
  • Reagan scooted down the steps with Campbell and Anderson stood at the bottom of them begging them to hurry up so we could open presents.  We finally let them run in and they were overwhelmed.  Santa had been too, too good to them.  
  • Anderson opened up his presents before the rest of us could open any.  He was thrilled about his race car track (and I had worried).  Reagan was pleased with her American Girl Doll gift card but was the most happy about the present the boys had bought for her-a lap tray for her art supplies.  She sat at it all day long and begged me not to put it up tonight.  Graham's favorite present from today was one from yesterday-a puzzle with a picture on one side and another side that you can color.  Campbell didn't have a favorite present.  She didn't even care about opening her presents this morning.  Robby's favorite present was a battery charger and rice krispy treats.  Though, I think he secretly loved the lottery tickets that Santa left in his stocking (not a profitable investment for Santa since he only won 3 when Santa spent 20).  My favorite was a new robe to replace my 10+ year old robe.
  • And I know I said this last year, but I will say it again this year.  We had too much, way too much.  The kids each had a total of 6 presents (2 from Santa, one from the other kids and 3 from Mom and Dad) and their stocking.  One of those presents were books and another was a lunch box so those really don't count.  That means 4 presents and stockings but why does it look like my living room was a toy store.  Seriously, I cleaned for 2 hours this afternoon (while a certain someone was taking a nap-though they had to lay with Graham to get him to sleep so they did have a free nap pass) and the living room still looks like a tornado hit it.  Robby tried to make me feel better with the fact that it was at least 40 presents in this room.
  • All that to say, next year we will have stockings, a present of books, and 2 or 3 other presents.  That is it.  Maybe I should print this blog and put it with my Christmas tree....which I have almost convinced Robby to take down tomorrow.  
  • At 9:30,  Nonna, Pops, Jason, Grannymom and Grandpa all came over for breakfast.  I was putting together a lego train set so that left Robby to cook the waffles by himself.  He made an excellent breakfast of waffles, juice, bacon and sausage.  The kids were too excited to eat and the rest of us were too busy untwisting ties out of the back of toys to eat.  We needed all of the grandparent reinforcement to help us open presents.  
  • Reagan was playing with her lap desk and Campbell became a bit too interested in Reagan's area.  Reagan asked me to move her but I was doing something else and told Reagan to move.  But Reagan had her lap tray all set up and all of her presents surrounding her and couldn't move.  So she did the next logical thing for a 6 year old-she took candy from her stocking and made a trail of skittles.  Then she started with "Campbell, come get the candy, come on" and Campbell followed right behind her stopping only to eat the skittles her sister had laid out for her.  It did work...until the candy was gone.
  • After breakfast, it was time to make the corn casserole for lunch and then put on our Christmas clothes to go and see Beebee and Papaw.  Beebee was in a good mood today and seemed to be feeling good.  Papaw was there as well and he was feeling good and ready to eat more of Nonna's cooking that they had brought over.  The kids were pretty good and as we were hugging everyone goodbye, Robby reminded them to be easy and Anderson piped in "yeah, cause they are old."
  • From Beebee's place, we went to Grannymom's house.  Lilly and Cash were there and they had both brought a present just like my crew so they all compared and played with each other's toys.  We ate and the kids played inside and then outside.  Soon, it was time to go home for a bit so they little ones could get a nap.
  • Campbell went right to sleep but Graham needed Robby to lay with him so he could go to sleep and they both slept for at least 2 hours.  Keaton also never woke up from Grannymom's house and slept in her car seat until we left again.  Reagan and Anderson watched a movie and played with new toys.  I worked and worked putting things away and trying to organize-this was all unsuccessful.
  • Next we woke everyone up and went to Nonna's house for supper.  I took a few more presents for them to take out of the box (our trash is overflowing) and they played before and after supper.  I let the kids pick what they wanted for supper and they all wanted mashed potatoes and rolls.  And I let them have it-it's Christmas after all.
  • Back at home, Robby did briefly let Belle walk in the house.  The kids freaked out-Reagan and Anderson were on the couch screaming, Campbell was running circles around the couch and Graham ran out of the living room screaming, went to the schoolroom, closed the door and continued to scream.  Poor Belle just walked around, sniffed a few presents and then left with Robby.  We should have gotten her treats out that Santa had left for her.  
  • Soon everyone was in bed and so far Graham is sleeping well.  Keaton has so enjoyed her first Christmas and is snoozing peacefully on the couch.  It has been another wonderful Christmas.

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