New toy for my kids - the bubble wrap that it was shipped in.
Good thing we are scheduled for haircuts this afternoon.
|Ellie was excited to sleep in her "big bed" and after comfortably |
arranging several pillows, fell straight to sleep.
|Tommy was excited too... until I left the room. Then he was up repeatedly, and crying for me. |
Eventually, he lost the privilege of the big bed and I put him in his crib.
|Sleeping tonight. We'll work on the covers some other day.|
For now, they are just using their familiar blankies.
|Not willing to lose his privileges again, he went to bed without tears.|
|Our ward party did a great job of setting the scene and making the story come to life.|
|Google auto-awesomed a few pictures of the tree and made it twinkle. Magic. :)|
(Especially since I don't remember them actually twinkling in person.)
|Tom brought a book to keep himself entertained. |
I told him I am going to start taking a picture of him with his book
at each gathering so that I can keep track of the years by what he is reading.
I'm happy to say that he didn't get very far into it this time.
|Somebody has been playing with fireplace tools. |
Thank you, Rachel, for cleaning him up.
|I insisted on having chopsticks for the meal.|
Much to my surprise, both of my kids used them with no problem.
|See? They did better than many of the adults.|
|Ethan, Phoebe and Johnny shared the couch, as always.|
|Wyatt came for the first time in a few years. It was great to see him.|
While we could see Emma in person, it's not so easy here because
I was taking pictures in the dark without a flash, so any movement causes blur.
|I think the blur that Phoebe is holding is an EZ Foot scrubber.|
|View from the hearth: Ellie, Sandy, Cole and Megan|
|A less (although still) blurry shot of Emma shows her opening a frog pillow pet.|
I tried to get my kids to steal this, but they kept finding things that
they liked even better, like that giant stuffed zebra that Ellie
grabbed up, or the match box cars that Tommy went for.
|Bridget came with us so that we didn't have to leave her home alone.|
|Johnny put Ellie up on his shoulders even though she was eating.|
Now that's cousin love!
|Just chillin'. Sandy, congratulations for fitting your butt in the tall chair!|
|John, I think shaking the presents before choosing is cheating.|
And cameras don't lie.
|Rachel with her blurry friend Nate.|
The cheese balls came home with me.
|Another auto-awesomed Christmas tree. I have to admit this one needed it. :)|
|This little elf is awesome all by herself.|
No assistance from Google needed.
|Tommy added his own lighting accent by finding Grandpa's flashlight again. |
It's his favorite thing to do here, surpassing even Christmas gift opening.
|Grandma Selvage loves giving gifts, so Christmas is the perfect holiday for her.|
|Tommy really liked Ellie's new doll. Or at least the stroller it came in.|
Ellie was nice and let him have a turn, but it wasn't easy for her to get it back from him.
|Finally, with quite a bit of intervention,|
Ellie gets her doll and stroller back.
|Every year we have taken their picture together in this chair.|
|The first thing Ellie headed for this morning was the new doll stroller from last night, but she soon discovered the new table and chairs serving up their favorite food: French fries and "che-chup". Note that she is keeping one hand on the cart full of groceries. Lesson learned from sharing last night.|
|Tommy kept neglecting his own gifts, leaving them unopened in a pile while he took care of opening everyone else's gifts. Here, he raided Tom's stocking for a chocolate bar.|
|Wheels, wheels, wheels. Our house turned into a race track, with the kids chasing each other all over for about an hour. They switched babies and transportation regularly and kept me guessing as to which one they would have on each round through the living room.|
|Is it my imagination, or is the doll laughing too?|
|I think the animal Ellie spies here is Bridget.|