Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Christmas 2013!

Oh what fun Christmas was this year! Grayson 'got it' much more & understood that it was something to be excited about :) The top toys of the list this year were a Nintendo wii with Mario Kart game & Star Wars game, remote control excavator (Owen), Beyblade Warriors (Noah) and jake and the Neverland Pirates toys (Grayson). So happy that Santa was able to complete these wish lists with little trouble!

The weeks before Christmas were fun too. I'd bought Owen & Noah the lego advent calendars & they both LOVED them! not sure they were a wise decision, as I just know they are going to want them every year now - but they had so much fun building up the city lego scene each morning! It's a bit pricey for the calendar, but luckily I'd had a gift card and found a sale on-line. Overall, the joy they got out of it & considering the cost of each figure if purchased separately, it was well worth it!

Frosted Flake made his appearance again this year & while he wasn't as mischievous as the previous year, the kids enjoyed looking for him each morning. The photo below is probably one of Frosted Flakes most exciting nights.

Christmas Eve, we picked up some hot chocolate and took a drive to see some Christmas lights. The boys put out some cookies and egg nog for Santa and carrots for the reindeer then it was off to bed! Luckily, they were fast asleep by 9pm despite the excitement & that meant Santa could come to our house early!

I love this photo of Noah :) so happy he got his beyblade warriors. Hopefully he's always so easy please :)

If it's construction and remote control my boy is in-love!

Noah had asked Santa for the Lego Star Wars wii game - he wanted the same game that his cousin has at his house :)

Grayson was excited to have a truck of his own! not one that has been previously loved by his brothers.

For some reason Noah's umbrellas always break - Santa remembered he needed a replacement!

Stocking time!

This year the boys spent their own money and bought each other gifts. They chose names, so Owen bought for Noah, Noah for Grayson & Grayson for Owen. The limit was ten dollars and they were to find something that they thought their brother would like. Grayson received a batman monster truck from Noah, Noah received a skylanders poster from Owen (he loved it), and Owen received a robot fish from Grayson :)

Darth Vader shoes! they are so cool :) the light up & make noise! when I saw these in the store I was so thankful that one of my kids needed new shoes lol!

enjoying the wii! we've had lot's of fun family game time with the wii. Even I've played it more than I expected to. They ahve been warned that the wii isn't for week day morning or during daycare hours:)

We forgot to take our annual Christmas morning photo in PJ's so we quickly snapped this one before we headed out the door to my sisters for Christmas afternoon and dinner. We were so thankful to have such a relaxed morning with each other and Christmas at my sisters is always so laid back and fun :)

We had so much fun visiting with my parents, sister, brother-in-law, niece, Uncle and cousins...I forgot to take any photos! of course the kids came home with a load of gifts from family :) here is a Christmas dinner photo - we all squished around the same table, but it was nice to be able to visit everyone. 

More Christmas fun with Gavin's side of the family was had on Boxing day! fun fun fun :) the kids really love their cousins and they are close enough in age to really get along well & have the same interests. We hosted Christmas this year for Gavin's side and while we were a bit cramped for space and the turkey took far too long to cook - we still had a great day!

During dinner the snowplough decided to come by & everyone got a ticket for 'blocking the plough' despite trying to move cars out of the way... all of our guests were hit with a hefty fine! we joked that it would have to be the last year we hosted Christmas dinner - too expensive to eat at our place lol. Anyways, everyone was good about it & it made for an interesting evening.

What a great holiday with family! we are so blessed :) Hoping that the year 2014 brings good things for all of our friends and family!