Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Morning at Home

We were woken up to Lindy screaming from the top of her lungs, "It's Christmas!"  Aunt Amy had told her to wake up at 5:30am so we were surprised she slept until 6:30am!  We got everyone up and moving and then we finally let them run to the fireplace to see if Santa had visited.

The kids both asked for robots this year.  Will asked for Cosmo and Lindy asked for Max.  Both are very neat and fun but the main difference is that Cosmo was already together and Max was not.  Max was in a million little pieces.  Santa also brought Will the game Risk and Lindy a dog with some outfits you can change.  Of course they got stockings full of junk too.

The kids plowed through their presents from us.  The wash cloths and clothes weren't too exciting for them.  Parents get to buy presents they need! ha!  But we did get them fun things too.  Will's big present from us was a real cash register.  He doesn't play imaginative play with toys or figurines, but he sets up all kinds of shops in his room.  Restaurants, stores, breweries (?!).  He is forever changing up what he is selling in his room.  I thought he'd love a cash register and I was right!  He does love it.  He mostly loves printing receipts to give to people.  He exhausted the first roll of receipt paper tape quickly and we had to make another order for more.   We had to read the manual to figure the thing out because it is a real working cash register but we got it.  He's learned how to program it and write messages on it.  He's enjoyed it.  We got Lindy a big vet set.  It's technically supposed to be for an American girl doll to play with but Lindy never plays with her doll so she just plays with it herself.

Santa's gifts!


 Patiently waiting.....






 Cosmo!
 Max!








Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

We got home from Mimo's and we got too lazy to get back out and go to church.  We had a quiet evening letting the kids play with all their toys from the past couple days.  Lindy got Pictionary from Aunt Anna and Uncle Brian so we all played that together.  We finally found a game Lindy will play with us!  We did all our Santa preparations - got his milk and cookies out - and made the kids go to bed!







 Saying Good Bye to Pluto the elf
 Checking out the circuit set
 Playing our new Pictionary game





Christmas and Birthday with Lynn

Sunday morning we got up and had church and then we headed over to Lynn's for Christmas with her.  Her birthday is also Christmas Eve so we celebrated that as well.

We had a very traditional Christmas meal of Moe's Mexican food!  ha!  Lynn usually fixes a brunch but that was going to be tough with Christmas being on a Sunday and church on Sunday mornings.  She decided to do lunch, and while the kids and I were in MO for Thanksgiving, the family decided on a taco bar lunch??  The week leading up to Christmas, Lynn ended up with a stomach bug and she didn't feel like cooking, didn't want to cook and we didn't want her cooking us food!  ha!  Moe's to the rescue.  It actually turned out pretty delicious.

We moved on to presents which of course the kids were all about.  They got presents from Mimo and from their aunts and uncles.   They got lots of new games and books.  Mimo sponsored a search and rescue German Shepherd for Lindy and she thought that was super cool.  Will got a really neat circuit set he has done some really cool things with.  They both got books they have really been wanting.  One that wasn't out to the public yet - having your aunt run a bookstore has its perks!

We finished with Christmas and moved into birthday.  Mimo opened her birthday presents and we finished the day with birthday cake.

It was another good Christmas celebration!

Christmas Eve church outfits





 Lindy took our picture
 and then Will took our picture!
 Wall of presents!








 Happy Birthday, Lynn!!


 Ellie and I in our matching buffalo plaid!