I know it's a few days past Christmas, but I've been one, recovering from a stomach bug that Maddie and I both got, and basically ignoring my camera and the blog. We've spent the past two days just playing with new toys, sorting presents and just hanging out since John is on vacation. Christmas was split again this year. We celebrated with my side of the family the weekend before Christmas and on Christmas Day we spent with John's family.
Christmas morning, I actually woke up a bit before the girls, which I could hardly believe. But they soon woke up and we went to go get them, asking them if they thought Santa had been there yet. John went downstairs to get the video camera and the girls and I followed. They were so confused. They were looking for Santa. Izzie looked at the front door and said it was closed. Then they remembered he was supposed to come down the chimney. They ran over there, never even glancing at the tree. Finally they got that Santa came while they were sleeping and left them some presents and the unwrapping commenced. They were very excited about their Dora Books and the PlayDoh scissors that Santa brought. They got some sit'n spins and two of the Snap 'N Style Dolls. Izzie got Themina and Maddie got the Erika doll. They really love these dolls as they are easy to change clothes. They are basically 3D paper dolls!
After a quick bite to eat, we got in the car and headed over to Grandma and Grandpa's house. After everyone gathered around, the playroom doors were opened and the kids stared in awe at the plethora of toys spread around. I can't list everything off the top of my head but there was Raggedy Anne Dolls, Princess crafts, gardening toys, pianos (keyboards), Dora castles, books and a bunch of other items. The girls were very excited and kept saying thank you to everyone.
Following kids gifts, was the huge breakfast brunch feast. Followed by visiting and then the adult presents. All the presents were opened over the course of the morning and lots of visiting. Then there was hunt the pickle. A game that started a couple of years ago. Jackie hides a pickle ornament on one of her many trees and the first person to find it wins the pickle pot. It is usually a gift card or cash worth about $10. We all get pretty in to the pickle hunt though. I was finally starting to feel better by mid afternoon, but Maddie (who threw up Christmas morning, poor thing!) was either really pumped up, or curled in a corner somewhere. At some point more food was spread before us and we ate again, a terrific meal of smoked turkey, ham, casseroles and the like.
We didn't make it home before the girls were sound asleep, and we ended up putting them to bed a half hour early. Christmas was successful and it tuckered us all out.
Oh, and the best news of the day? My Sister-in-Law, Dana, announced that Lucy is going to be a big sister in 2011! Of course the gender and the names will be a surprise until the delivery, so I'm already on the edge of my seat!