Celebrations, Four Legged Fun, Two Legged Fun

All I wanted for Christmas and more!

Christmas has come and gone so I figured it is about time I get back to posting.

We had a great Christmas! This year there were very few gifts under the tree for myself, but it was absolutely perfect. As lovely as the new cookware I received from my own mom and my mother-in-law was, I was way more excited to see what the kids got and their reactions to all the new toys and books. Christmas has definitely changed in our house and I am very happy to have it now be all about the kids.

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Well, maybe not ALL about the kids – the dogs didn’t get forgotten either.

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It was Rumbull’s first Christmas and it didn’t take him long to sniff out his stocking and figure out what was up.  He watched longingly as we set the gifts out on Christmas Eve and he was the first “kid” up Christmas morning wanting to get into the pile.

Thanks to our Christmas Book countdown, my 19 month old also had the unwrapping thing down pat.  On Christmas Eve, she was raring to go the moment we got to Grandma and Grandpa’s and she saw the pile under the tree.  She was even lucky enough to get the biggest gift under Grandma and Grandpa’s tree – a Little Tikes Cozy Truck!

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The bottom right picture is a bit blurry, but I included it because it captured my favorite Christmas memory.  Camden had been asking for a Vtech Switch & Go Dino since October so he was ecstatic that his gift from his little sister was the triceratops.  We asked him to thank her and he gave her the biggest hug I have ever seen.  Melt my heart!

The kids were both asleep by the time we got home from opening gifts on Christmas Eve, but that made it easy for Santa to get everything set out for round two on Christmas morning.

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In the morning, Camden was very excited to find that Santa had eaten his cookies and had a drink of milk.  He immediately went for his stocking and started opening it all before I could even convince him to wait for his sister.

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Between ourselves, grandparents, aunts and uncles, the kids were definitely spoiled, but Camden did a good job thanking everyone and acting grateful for all his gifts.

Unfortunately we saved the best item for the very last and the reaction to his brand new iPad from daddy was less then we were hoping for.  Instead of being over the top excited, he acted sad that we were replacing his old, shattered iPad.  Luckily, it only took a few minutes of coaxing and walking him through the new iPad for him to understand that it still had all his same apps and that he wasn’t losing anything by giving up the broken tablet.  As was expected, it is now his favorite gift!

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My husband and I made the decision not to bother with gifts to each other since we have a lot of items to buy for the new house in the upcoming months.  I certainly didn’t feel like I was missing out by not having something to unwrap from him and we made up for it by picking up a few nice things on boxing day.  Except for some boxing week shopping, we stayed home for much of the Christmas break and had a very lazy two weeks watching movies and keeping inside out of the cold.

It was a nice Christmas and I am hoping next year will be that much better with everyone settled into our new house. The only thing really missing was my sweet Bullini, but she certainly was not forgotten amidst all the chaos with a special place on the mantle.

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I hope the 2013 Christmas season was just as Merry for all of you!

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