Thursday, December 27, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #21 - Our Christmas in a list

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It's been a long week! That's the only problem with taking vacation at holiday time - it goes by so fast... This year has been a very good one holiday-wise for us and I hope it has been for you as well. I thought I'd share a few highlights (and photos) and since it's Thursday, I decided to do it in list format.

So here are 13 highlights of our Christmas!

  1. Taking a toddler to a house with a staircase right in the middle, especially if said staircase is unblocked by a safety gate is - challenging, to say the least.

    You can probably see where this is going.

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    Let's just say that I have gone up and down the staircase at Ron's brother's house many, many more times than I ever wanted to, since I don't trust Becca not to take a tumble if she's climbing up or down on her own.

  2. Apparently the game "Perfection" is equally enthralling to both 6-year-olds and 1-year-olds.

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  3. Hannah's air hockey skills increase exponentially in the 'two-fisted' version.

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  4. Getting 5-year-olds and 6-year-olds to pose nicely by the Christmas tree isn't very difficult.

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  5. However, getting 1-year-olds to pose by the tree and smile for the camera is pretty much impossible. This is the best we could do, taken as she was walking away from the tree:

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  6. Being Santa is exhausting. And oh yes - 'Santa' snores... LOL

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  7. Telling kids not to wake you up before 7:30am would work much better if they could tell time. Because someone really needs to tell my kids the difference between 7:30am and 6:30am! :)

  8. It doesn't take 1-year-olds very long to get the whole idea of the present-unwrapping thing. Getting them to understand that they can't unwrap every present under the tree, one after the other, is much more difficult.

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  9. Seeing your child's face as she opens the one gift that she was convinced that Santa would bring, that she's been talking about for days = priceless.

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  10. Toddlers insist on having everything taken out of the box right after the gift is unwrapped so that they can play with it. The box, that is. :)

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  11. Then there's the art of playing with the toys and the boxes, at the same time...

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  12. My brother buys very strange things as gifts for my kids.

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  13. But that doesn't matter since they get plenty of other things from us, Santa, and their grandparents. Too many things usually.

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There have to be more presents around here someplace, right? Maybe you didn't look hard enough behind the tree...

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8 wonderful people said...:

Shana said...

I LOVE this TT post! Great pictures and I always get the biggest kick out of your captions...lol!!!

~Amber~ said...

GREAT pics! Is that an Ugly doll your brother got for one of the girls???

Karen (Pediascribe) said...

I love how intent they are in doing Perfection!

Great post! Love the pictures!

Eileen said...

The pictures are wonderful!! Brings back so many memories of when my girls were little. It looks like they had the perfect Chrirtmas, love it!! Your girls are so beautiful.

The Ugly stuffed animal, is a huge hit with my nieces and nephew and nephew in CT. At Thanksgiving they all had one, and their mom kept telling us how all the kids in the neighborhood had them and how popular they were. They are also pretty expensive. I had never seen one before!

Thanks for sharing, made me smile.
XOXO

Summer said...

Becca's dress is the most beautiful Christmas dress!

mommybytes.com said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! Awesome pictures.

Thea said...

Oh, we almost got Jacob Perfection, but it made me anxious just looking at the box while we were standing at Toys R Us....

Heart of Rachel said...

Undoubtedly a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for sharing the highlights of your Christmas celebration. It's wonderful to see the kids so happy with their presents.