Saturday, January 3, 2009

Holiday Recap: Part 1

Well, I am finally putting my blogging cap back on to recap on the holidays. We spent Christmas with Matt's family in sunny So Cal. Again, unfortunately, Matt wasn't able to join us until the night after Christmas, because of his stinky inability to take vacation until mid-January (6 month probation period). However, the kids still were the highlight of Christmas for us all and made things fun and festive. Here are the Christmas day highlights:

Nathan was the first to wake up (not surprising) at 6 a.m., raring to go to open up presents. I convinced him to wait until I fed Lukie and then finally around 6:30 a.m. me and the kids were all awake and I let them open our door and start waking up the rest of the family. Our three boys are in such different Christmas stages, it was funny to watch present opening. Nathan of course, just wanted to open any and every present (including those not his). Carter opened one or two and was content with those. Luke we couldn't even really get interested in opening presents, he just wanted to crawl away and climb the stairs (the favorite activity of the trip for him).
Here's Luke with his present from Santa enjoying Grandpa Blaine's lap:
The boys enjoying their great new sled from Grandpa and Grandma (though we have yet to have any snow to actually get to use it! Argh.)
Nathan proudly displaying two of his new presents - his lightsabor and laser gun. (He also has his old lightsabor and a new flashlight attached to his pj pants - this kid is loaded!)
The boys both got lightsabors from Santa - not just any old lightsabors, mind you. These glow and make the whooshing noises! Very exciting. Of course, Santa didn't know they don't collapse down to shorter than 1 1/2 feet and, extended, they are taller than Carter. far though, they have only helped the boys play together more and no major injuries. The best is Carter's repeatedly playing "dead" (see last picture below). He says "I dead" and falls down, sometimes even with his tongue sticking out. It's too cute!
Kids sure do make the holiday season. Thanks Grandpa and Grandma for the great visit and all the fun new memories!
The holidays, to be continued....


Kristi said...

It looks like you had a great time in California. I bet it is nice to be back together as a family. I can't wait to see the postings for the balance of your holidays. We will see you guys soon.

Kim said...

Looks like you guys had so much fun. So, do you drive by yourself with all your kids down there? Or do you fly by yourself with all your kids? Either way, sounds challenging!!

SevenVillageIdiarts said...

Ben got one of those lightsabers too, pretty fun stuff. . . I'm glad you're home safe now!

LeeAnna said...

Hahaha! I can so relate to those different stages opening presents. The toy Luke got from Santa we got for Neal a while back and ALL of my boys love that toy - I just don't what it is about it but they fight over it all the time it keeps them busy for hours!.....ok, not quite hours. = )
Anyways, I really need your home phone number because i can't get you on your cell phone - is it dead or something? or just call me please. love ya and I'm so glad you're back safe and.....sane?..hmmm