Sunday, January 1, 2012

Christmas 2011

Christmas quietly snuck up on us this year and then poof! it was gone.  Usually Nick and I are ready to rip our tree down the day after Christmas but we left it up a couple days longer this time.  Maybe we weren't quite ready to see it go?
The tree, after Santa left.
The boys had a super Christmas.  Like I mentioned before, Ethan now completely understands the idea of Santa and Nick and I enjoyed seeing him get excited about all things Christmas.  We had a blast with "Elfie" and were sad to see him leave.  We also watched the movie Polar Express, it's one of Ethan's favorites.  His Nana gave him the book too, so we read it several times in the last month.
Elfie's last night at our house, he even spelled his name out.
We kept it low-key for the holidays (the way we like it), just went to see Santa once and then a surprise visit from him again at Ethan's school.  Our neighborhood has a horse trolley ride to look at lights so we did that too, but it was absolutely freezing so wasn't that much fun.  We drove around to see the lights one time, but Alec was his usual "whine-the-whole-carride" self so it was a short tour of lights.  Have I ever mentioned he's the world's worst passenger??  I'm considering ear plugs, Santa probably wished he had a pair too:
Pretty sure it was the reindeer that scared Alec!?
My mom and step-dad came up from Wichita a couple days before Christmas so we had our Christmas dinner then.  The boys got some awesome (big!) John Deere trucks and a several other goodies from them.  We had a fun night, the boys wouldn't let my mom or Jim sit down for longer than a few seconds before making them play.  They were probably happy to get back on the road and just sit!
The boys like pushing each other around in their new trucks.
Ethan's biggest gift was his Spiderman bike from Santa.  He asked for that and for a toy reacher/grabber thing and Santa pulled through with both of them.  Alec would have been happy with anything resembling a ball, that's probably his second favorite word, right after "more, more, more, more, more."  Santa brought him a Caterpillar truck, a toy camera, and a small stuffed Elmo.  He was happy as could be.  Every time he sees anything related to Christmas he belts out a "ho, ho, ho!!".
He calls it his Spiderman training wheels bike.
On Christmas day we were invited to Nick's sister's in-laws for dinner.  It was nice to spend the afternoon and evening with everyone, Nick's sister and her family are moving to Colorado in the next few months so they'll be further away.  The 4 cousins had a BLAST playing together.  As we left that evening (past bedtime), Ethan was crying "I DON'T want to leeeeeeeave" over and over and over.  We were not 2 miles away and both boys were fast asleep.

Matt, Kate, Beth and the 2 cousins came over for a gift exchange (this is the only picture I took) the next day.  They were all so good, and had to of been on present over-load by this point.  Kate and her kids made the boys some really neat canvas wall hangings with their initials spelled out using buttons.  I will take a picture soon, they're really neat and unique.  And Nana (Beth) got Ethan the Leapster hand-held game and Alec a cool airplane and latch puzzle.

The boys and their cousins, at our house exchanging gifts. 
We watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation every Christmas (thanks mom and Jim for being good sports and watching too!) and only on Christmas.  We love that show.  I found some authentic Warner Brother Moose mugs online last Christmas but they were sold out until later that next year.  If you don't know what the mugs are all about then I can't be your friend anymore.  I pre-ordered them and a few months later received them then stashed them away until this Christmas as a gift for Nick.  He said it was the best gift ever, and coming from him, that means a lot.
Christmas Eve, drinking eggnog and eating Santa's cookies. It 
was his idea to leave whole apples 
outside for the reindeer, too.
So another Christmas has come and gone, stress-free and drama-free.  It was perfect, and I'm already looking forward to the next one.  Happy New Year!

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1 comment:

  1. Holy cow, you would have won over Jordan forever with those moose mugs for Christmas - great gift!

    Happy New Year!