Christmas 2008

Christmas Day…. not just another holiday, but our DAY OFF! 🙂

We slept in until 8 o’clock, finally making it over to MIL’s around 10 a.m. We had some grapefruit, coffee cake and bacon for breakfast, and then the presents were opened.

Personally speaking, I really am not a fan of Christmas unless kids are around. I could care less about getting presents; I have everything I need. But when there are kids around it’s a whole different story. I love feeding off of their excitement, and watching their eyes grow large when they realize that they have a new toy. It’s also hysterical to watch the expressions of  Ugh. More Socks. on the kids’ faces.

Speaking of which, I forgot to share Jack’s reaction to his only Christmas Eve gift last night. This was filmed in a dimly-lit room, but is totally worth watching as he realizes that he’s received a book and a sweater. He throws an absolute fit, even going so far as to kick the dog away from him. Whitey eventually gets him to laugh, though.

Back to Christmas Day.

After breakfast, we opened the gifts, and I was so stoked to have those rugrats around. We had such a good time.

Gordy thoroughly enjoyed the green cookies that Grandpa Dan sent

Gordy thoroughly enjoyed the green cookies that Grandpa Dan sent

Jack waited for his turn patiently

Jack waited for his turn patiently

 

Unlike the kids, Kevin LOVES his new socks

Unlike the kids, Kevin LOVES his new socks

 

Erin gets an Etch-A-Sketch

Erin gets an Etch-A-Sketch

 

MIL receives a framed photo of her angel, Jack

MIL receives a framed photo of her angel, Jack

Emily helps Erin with her new hair glitter

Emily helps Erin with her new hair glitter

Gordy gets a gift certificate for a haircut from his sister

Gordy gets a gift certificate for a haircut from his sister

 

Jack immediately stripped to make way for his new socks

Jack immediately stripped to make way for his new socks

Jacks thigh-high socks were a hit

Jack's thigh-high socks were a hit

 

Were totally using this photo to embarass Jack when hes in High School

We're totally using this photo to embarass Jack when he's in High School

 After finishing up with the presents, we loaded the kids up to head to our local golf course to go sledding.

Gordy and Jack prepare for takeoff

Gordy and Jack prepare for takeoff

 

Quail Ridge Golf Course, 10th Hole

Quail Ridge Golf Course, 10th Hole

 
Whitey hauls Jack back up the hill

Whitey hauls Jack back up the hill

Its pretty steep....

It's pretty steep....

 

Gordon found a broken sled and rallied it a few times

Gordon found a broken sled and rallied it a few times

 

Whitey & Gordy

Whitey & Gordy

 

Dad n Jack

Dad n' Jack

 

Gordy and Jack

Gordy and Jack

 

Erin & Jack rolling down the hill

Erin & Jack rolling down the hill

Hauling the kids back up the hill

Hauling the kids back up the hill

 

Jack & Erin

Jack & Erin

 

After wearing out the kids Kevin, we headed back to MIL’s for dinner. A warm fire, holiday lights, and a few tugs at the holiday spirit proved to thaw us all out quickly.

Christmas at MILs

Christmas at MIL's

 

Where the coat ends and the shih-tzu begins

Where the coat ends and the shih-tzu begins

 

Relaxing after sledding

Relaxing after sledding

Jack decided to fight a wall with his skull, and the wall won. Whitey kept saying, “Ask mom what Karma means!” (referring to Whitey’s eye having been karate-chopped by Jack the night before).

Jacks Karma Bump

Jack's Karma Bump

 

It was decided that Jack needed to be caged up for the remainder of the evening, and so the high-chair was brought out.

Jack, contained.

Jack, contained.

 

We enjoyed a slimming meal of Yorkshire Pudding, mashed potatoes made with cream cheese and sour cream, green bean casserole, and Caesar salad. After dinner, I taught the older kids how to annoy their parents by making music with their wine glasses.

Emily plays the C-note with her glass

Emily plays the C-note with her glass

 We left MIL’s and went home, only to promptly pass out in the man-cave downstairs while watching a movie.

To have an entire day off, and yet pack so much fun and food into it, was almost as exhausting as working.

I hope that everyone else had as satisfying a day, and gained three pounds to prove it. 🙂

  

 

 

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