Christmas day started out at our house with gifts from Santa! Santa's helpers had stayed up into the wee hours of the morning getting the house ready and the gifts displayed just so.
Years ago, when Maddie was approaching her first Christmas, Santa's helpers had decided that Santa would not wrap the Crumly kids' presents...he would just display them in front of the fireplace...you know, drop them off on his way to eat the cookies. And that has worked for the past couple of years. Well, this year, we had a little issue. First off, our kids were snoozing good. And Jonathan's parents and brother always come to our house for breakfast and bring their gifts so we wanted to make sure that Santa gifts were done and played with for a little before they came. So eventually, we decided to wake them up (probably close to 9am). We get Cohen and then all go wake Maddie up and tell her that Santa has been to visit. She gets super excited and runs out of her room -- we have the video camera on her. See, Santa had gotten a few super gifts that we were really excited about. A wooden dollhouse and a Barbie Vet Center. This girl had talked about those two things for months and we wanted to make sure we captured the look on her face when she realized Santa has heard her! What we didn't anticipate was the fallen look on her face once she made it into the living room. She looked near tears and just sat down on the edge of our rug.
Maddie, what's wrong baby? Do you see all the things Santa brought for you?.
Yes, mommy. I see them.
"Then what's wrong?, Why do you look so sad?"
Mommy, Santa forgot to wrap my presents this year!.
Oooohhhhhh. Oops. You know what? Mommy and Daddy will remind him next year.
Hilarious! Guess this year, she wanted to unwrap!
Anyway, she got over it and jumped in to looking at all of her and Cohen's presents from Santa. Cohen didn't really know what to think. He did like his chair he got, although he kept trying to dive off of it. I think he liked his little toy cell phone and remote control more than anything.
We got in a couple of games of Hungry Hungry Hippo before Nana, Pop and Uncle Daniel arrived too.
Once Nana, Pop and Uncle Daniel got to the house, there were even MORE presents! The biggest present for Maddie being her first big girl bike -- Barbie of course -- with a basket for Daisy. She absolutely loved it! Some pictures were taken during this gift exchange but I was at different stages of dressing so not sharing those with the blog world! Here is a picture of her riding her bike the next day. She really loves it!
By this time, it is almost lunch so we headed to the Crumly grandparents for lunch and gift exchange with Granny, Grandaddy and Aunt Bonnie.
I just have a few pictures to share from there because I think I'm about maxed out on pictures in one post. But here are the kiddos with Granny and one with Uncle Daniel. Then our little family one. Grandaddy, Aunt Bonnie and Nana and Pop were all there too.
Our kids are so loved and we could not be more grateful to our family for the way they loved them this holiday season! At one point, I told Jonathan it was too much -- the gifts were in excessive and I was overwhelmed with all the 'stuff' and didn't have a clue to where I was going to put things. But Jonathan gently reminded me that the gifts were everyone's way of sharing their love for the kids and we would just deal with it. :) You see, right before Christmas, we learned that the railroad Jonathan works for had been bought out by another company. And that they were laying every employee off at the end of January. I think I cried for days and days when I first learned of it. I was thankful that at least this time, we had some notice, but still not news you want to learn right before Christmas. This was going to be his second time being laid off since we had Maddie. So a lot of the 'stuff' that people got us, were things to stock up on. Clothes, PJ's, etc. Things that we might not have the money to buy in the next few months. So we were so thankful for each and every one of those gifts.
I hope you enjoyed your Christmas season! We sure did!!