As far as Christmas pictures.... I had to beg and plead to get just this one.
Christmas Eve = new PJ's for all, party food (pigs in a blanket, meat balls, fruit and veggie trays, chex party mix, cheese and crackers, and lots of Christmas cookies)
We read Luke 2, we watched the Polar Express, we sent the kids to bed.
Then... Santa came.
5:30 a.m. = Honey Bear had to tell the Honyakers that it was not the middle of the day and to be quiet. (they were all awake and just talking up a storm in their room)
7:30 = I'm awake and ready to get the show on the road... but all the children had fallen back to sleep.... lame
8:30 = every one is up and it's present time FINALLY
The Brain got a Rubix Slider in his stocking that did not leave his hot little hands until right before bedtime when one of the buttons finally gave out on him.
Big Brother LOVED the new game we played called "Murder in the Dark" ... except, he never got the paper with the X on it and after everyone picked their papers he would always sigh. Guess we knew who the murderer WASN'T.
There were two presents that sent Mr. Fingers running around the house screaming his head off: A big box of Legos, and the first two seasons of Avatar the Last Airbender. He seriously wanted to take the whole box of Legos into the tub with him at bath time... I don't think so buddy.
Lil' Sis spent a lot of time organizing her loot after the mele calmed down. She very thoughtfully, and very purposefully placed everything together in one box to be taken home. Where (I'm guessing) all of her things have a place, and everything is in it's place. (don't know where she inherited this trait)
The Snake, ... oh the snake.... How is it possible that he didn't make himself sick? We had all kinds of sugary treats out this weekend. And I decided that since it was Christmas my answer would always be: "Yes, you can have one" That kid ate so much candy!!! I think he gained more holiday weight than I did.
Honey Bear's present this year was the gift of sight. Laser surgery on the 16th was probably the best gift that Santa has ever given him. Now, if I could just keep my clumsy elbows to myself in the bed... maybe his eyes would heel.
The best gift of all was to have all the kids here for Christmas! We ate, we played games, we watched movies, and just enjoyed each other all weekend long!
Merry Christmas to all!