Another tradition we have is our stockings. If you look in the background of some of the pictures you can see the stockings hanging on the wall. They're about as tall as Emily and as wide as your leg! Santa lays them at the end of our bed and if we wake up and see them there we know it's ok to run out to the tree and open presents! This year it was so funny because I heard the kids wake up and then they started going through their stockings and as they found stuff and shouted it out to each other I could mentally see "where" they were in their stockings and how much time I had till they hit the end. LOL! The FUNNIEST part was they finished going through their stockings and then I braced myself for them to come screaming into the bedroom to open presents...I heard silence. Silence?! yep. And then I heard cartoons. I started laughing and walked into the boys room where they all were watching tv and asked them if they wanted to open presents? It was like "oh ya!" presents! LOL
We had a great Christmas this year. To highlight some of what the kids got and what they seemed most excited about: Emily, art supplies! I'm sure by the time she's 18 she will single handedly be responsible for killing a rain forest. Sarah, a homemade doll house. It's really beautiful and just perfect! (thanks Jennifer for making such a special gift for my princess). Kayleah, her very own mp3 player! I have had to put limits on how many hours she can listen *smile* I love that she loves music so much. Wonder where she gets that?! *wink* Christopher AND Kaleb, air hog gravity cars! They can go on the walls AND ceiling!
The BEST and BIGGEST surprise gift was the WII!! Along with Guitar Hero!! A few days before Christmas we happened upon an AMAZING deal on craigslist (LOVE craigslist) and just couldn't pass it up! The kids were SO EXCITED! So was Uncle Michael and Uncle Jeremy *wink* We had everyone over for Christmas morning breakfast at our house. The uncles had a great time "showing" the kids how to play Guitar Hero and Super Mario Bros. All while Crappa slept on the couch!