I am a big girl Mommy...look at me pushing my stella doll in a stroller. Such joy.
We opened stockings in front of the fireplace. Bradley got some fun little things from Santa including match box cars, DVDs, and of course lots of candy!
I found a new 50mm lens in my stocking!! Santa sure is smart these days!
Here is one of the first pictures I snapped with my new 50mm lens. Ellie digging through the stocking loot. She got board books, pacifiers, and yogurt melts. What else does a 9 month old need in her stocking?
After some basement set-up the kiddos came down to find the tree packed! Bradley went right to town, and Ellie spent some time exploring her new "house." This toy is actually really fun (although it is big), and Bradley loves playing it with Ellie. He will ring the door bell, and peek his head through. Ellie just laughs and smiles of course!
Bradley pretty much looked like this during all of the present opening. Last year we could hardly get him to open more gifts, he just wanted to play with his Thomas Train table. This year we actually had to slow him down. He would rip one and move onto the next in a second flat!
Bradley took care to read all of the tags. "To Bradley" "Love Santa" Look Mom, Santa wrote this to me!!
Then it was time to play and play we did. We pretty much played the entire day. Well, Chris played and spent a lot of time un-twisted ties, breaking down boxes, installing batteries. Poor guy!
Chris spent a lot of Christmas Day putting together this big kid kraft garage for Bradley. It had 84 screws, and left him with an indention on his hand.
This was also my BIG gift from Chris. An idea book. It is awesome. A net book of sorts, but then the screen flips to become a touch screen pad. Such fun!! Unfortunately I had no idea what on Earth it was when I opened it, so Chris was a bit disappointed in my reaction. whoops!
The day after Christmas we made the trip to visit Chris' Mom and the rest of the family. They had a great time opening gifts and visiting with the kids. Here are some of the highlights...
Glenda and Kim looking through the Shutterfly Calendar. They turned out so cute, but they are a TON of work! I guess that is what happens when you take thousands of pictures of your children. How on earth to you pick two or three pictures for each month?
I am so bummed that this picture of Kim is blurry! Lesson for next year, don't fiddle with your new lens while you are trying to take important Christmas photos!!
This was our big gift for Grandma....a hand painted platter. It was so much fun to make, here is a better view:
So many memories, I am so glad at times that I have a blog, or I wouldn't remember all of it! That about wraps up Christmas 2010. We did go to Wintergreen and the boys all went to a waterpark, more on that later!
Tomorrow is the big reveal of Naptime is Craftime...crickets churping...come on I know you are excited! Be ready to link up some project you want to work on in 2011, it can be anything under the sun, or just a post about what you would like to accomplish from DIY to decorating, anything really!
I can't wait!