Well, I promised I would wrap up the Christmas posts this week, so here is the last one...
I thought by taking the kids to Universal on Christmas Eve that they would be super tired and ready for bed when we got home. Yeah, not so much. I think they were too excited about Christmas to sleep. We already had the presents from us under the tree, but we needed to put Santa's gifts out too, and we were exhausted and ready for bed. An hour or so later, Rylie and Bryce were finally asleep, so we carried the rest of the presents downstairs and arranged them by the tree.
Yes, most of those presents were for the kids. Yes, I went a little crazy on Amazon this year. I just couldn't stop myself!
After we had all of the presents arranged, it was time for our traditional photo of my mom and me in our matching Christmas pajamas. I'm surprised we even had our eyes open still!
My mom spent the night so she could be here when the kids woke up, so she slept out on the couch. Rylie decided she wanted to have a "slumber party" and slept out there too. Well, for a couple of hours. Just as I was drifting off to sleep, I heard her out there talking gibberish and realized she was having one of her night terrors. I scooped her up and put her in bed with us, and went back to sleep.
I woke up on Christmas morning to Bryce standing in my doorway. When I told him to come on in and hop in bed with us, Rylie woke up and reminded him that it was Christmas. They went flying out into the front room to see what Santa brought. The next thing I heard was "Mommy! I got suffy socks!" (Bryce loves to wear those soft, fuzzy socks to bed, so Santa put a new pair in his stocking.)
The kids ran back and forth into our room (because we were too lazy to get out of bed) telling us about each little gift that was in their stockings. I was proud of them...they only messed with their stockings. A few minutes later we decided to get up, and with coffee in hand, we all headed out to start opening presents. I tried to get the kids to take a quick picture in their Christmas jammies in front of the tree, but they really didn't want any part of that!
Even Brian had some Christmas pajamas this year that Rylie had picked out for him.
The present opening got underway, and Rylie and Bryce started tearing into their gifts. Wrapping paper was being ripped apart and scattered all over the floor, and bows were everywhere...even on top of Rylie's head.
Rylie absolutely LOVED the new dollhouse that Santa brought for her, and once she opened a couple of Barbies, she decided she wanted to take a break and play.
Bryce, on the other hand, just kept tearing into his gifts to see what kind of cool stuff Santa brought him. This Christmas was so much fun because both kids were so into everything this year, and I had such a fun time watching Bryce's eyes light up every time he opened something.
Rylie would open a present or two, but then back to her dollhouse she went. I was starting to wonder if she would even get all of her presents opened that day.
Do you see that orange tub? Well that was the ONE present that Bryce consistently asked for - "an orange bucket for my toys" - and one of the hardest to find. I ended up finding that on Amazon from a livestock company. LOL He generally likes for things to be organized, so I guess he thought that orange bucket would help his organization some. He was even trying to keep all of his gifts organized in one section of the room as he opened them. Yep, he sure is my son!
The kids got little candy dispensers from Brian's mom, so they had their traditional "Christmas candy breakfast" while they opened a few more gifts.
Rylie and Bryce took a moment away from their toys to check out the hooded blankets Santa brought them. These were a couple of their favorite gifts. Bryce even tries to sleep in his Batman blanket some nights!
At one point, Rylie started acting extremely goofy, so I decided it was time for some breakfast. After all, that Christmas high would start wearing off soon, and then the kids would crash. We didn't need any fussiness on Christmas!
After breakfast, Rylie and Bryce unwrapped some more gifts, and Rylie finally got to her Baby Alive doll. She had been wondering why Santa brought her a package of diapers, and she finally knew why. Of course she had to play with this doll right away. She thought the whole process of feeding and changing the doll was pretty cool.
Since Bryce's favorite place in the whole world is McDonald's, my mom got him this little McDonald's cash register play set. I kind of chuckled when she bought it, but both of the kids LOVE it. I honestly think that two weeks later, this is the toy that has been played with the most. Bryce loves serving food and taking money. I hope this isn't a glimpse into his future. LOL
At around 11:00, all of the presents were finally opened. The kids were bouncing back and forth between their favorites, and they were determined to play with everything that day. It didn't happen, though. In fact, there are still a few things that are in the boxes. I should put them away and save them for a rainy day.
Rylie spent the rest of the day styling her dolls' hair, and anyone else that would let her. I always say that she will end up in Hollywood one day, but if acting doesn't work out for her, I guess she could always be a "stylist to the stars".
She had also gotten a Hello Kitty makeup kit from Brian's dad, so she had to have her fake nails on for the day too.
A little while later I made lunch for everyone, and that was it for Brian. He couldn't even make it off the couch to put his plate in the sink. I guess Christmas morning was just too much for him...
We spent the rest of the day just hanging out, playing with the new toys, and of course, watching "A Christmas Story". I usually make lasagna for Christmas dinner, but since it was just the 5 of us, and I really didn't feel like cooking, we ended up having Christmas dinner at IHOP. Hey, don't judge me!
The next day my brother came over with his family and we had Christmas - round 2.
We had such a wonderful Christmas this year, and I hope you all did too! Just looking back at that day makes me realize how blessed I truly am.
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