Christmas 2009 Take 1: aka the gift exchange
OK folks, I can't believe it, but we have officially experienced Christmas. It seems like I blinked my eyes and it was over...Thankfully I managed to take some pictures to document it all, or I wouldn't believe it myself! We had a wonderful Christmas with tons of family get-togethers and traditions. We decided to start a new tradition this year. Instead of the kids trying to buy gifts for all of their brothers and sisters, they pulled names and just bought for one person. It was so fun to take them shopping. They took this responsibility very seriously. It happened to work out that Gianna had Noah and Hannah had Isaac and Aiden had Jacob. When we went to the store I took them with me. Brian took Noah and Isaac with him, who had Aiden and Gia respectively. DJ ended up with Coley and Jake had DJ. This proved a little bit tricky because Jake didn't want DJ to know that he had him and they were shopping together. Coley had Hannah, but she was shopping with her grandma. It was very interesting to watch what they picked out for each other. Every time we would come around a corner in the toy section of Walmart the girls would freak out thinking that the boys would see what they had for them. When we were checking out, Hannah was sure that they were trying to see what they had bought for them. From what Brian said Isaac and Noah had a hard time grasping the concept of getting something for someone else. They just wanted to pick out stuff for themselves. Shocking, I know! In the end they all did pretty well, with a little bit of guidance from Brian and I.
The week of Christmas started with a Monday night movie night. We ate a picnic dinner on the living room floor while we watched The Nativity Story. I'm not sure if the kids liked the movie or being allowed to eat in the living room better! Either way, everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Tuesday and Wednesday were the last days of school and work for everyone. Which means that the kids did nothing at school other than have parties and watch movies. DJ, Coley and Jacob were looking forward to playing in the volleyball tournament that they have on the last day of school at West Shamokin. They were on the same team and were so excited about playing, but got their butts kicked. Oh well, at least they didn't have class!
Wednesday evening, which was Christmas eve eve, we let the kids exchange gifts amongst themselves.
Here they are anxiously awaiting the big exchange...
Gianna loved her babydoll that Bubba got for her. Bubba kept showing her all of the neat features that the doll has, for example her binky and bottle and bear are all magnetized and stick to her hands and mouth. Very cool!
Hannah loved all of her gifts from Coley, especially her Littlest Pet Shop animals.
Isaac was equally impressed with his gifts from Hannah...so much so that he tackled her in gratitude...
Noah loved his new guys and dinosaurs from Gia.
Aiden wasn't quite sure what was going on but he liked his shape sorter!
Jake seemed to like the games and candy that Aiden got for him.
DJ was laughing when he realized that Jake actually had him. He is still savoring those Reese's Peanutbutter cups that he promptly stuck in the freezer.
Last but certainly not least, Coley was thrilled with her new nail polish and gum(which she locked in her lockbox) from DJ.