Christmas was quiet this year and I really liked it. The boys got out the Tuesday before, so we spent the rest of the week hanging out-watching movies, playing, enjoying the break. David was on call for Christmas, so no traveling and nobody came in either. My family stayed in Florida, Darla was on call, Donna stayed in Georgia, and Davonna had just been here. Doug and Heather were with her family.
I had found these cute, little trees at Target on sale and bought one for each boy. They loved them. Sam started it and I think it might need to be a tradition. He had hit Jake and to apologize, he waited until Jake went to bed and then snuck into his room and left him a note and a present under his tree.
This led to many exchanges of toys as "presents" and I thought it was sweet. The funniest was when Alex came to the top of stairs at 9:15 and asked to come downstairs. When we said no (irritated that he had gotten out of bed and was still awake) he told us he had presents for us to put under the tree. I went upstairs to investigate and found he had already left presents for Sam and Jake. I asked if he snuck into their room after they were asleep and he said, "Yes, I put the presents under their trees and was all like ho, ho, ho." He totally cracks me up-constantly.
I decided that Santa should leave presents under these trees so Mommy and Daddy could sleep in. So, we made a gift bag full of stocking stuffers like little legos and lego men, coloring books and puzzle books, etc. Incredibly intelligent idea, right? Only if your child doesn't see the bag, then come downstairs to say, "this was under my tree. is it okay if I open it?" Yes Jake, now proceed back up to your room until the coffee maker finishes.
So, Darlyne showed up at 8 and the "best Christmas ever" (as dubbed by the boys) began. The boys really asked for little this year. They are not at the age where big gifts like a new bike was going to happen.
Sam asked for a battleship toy and an AT-AT lego. The lego is no longer being made and I thought $450 on ebay was a bit steep. But he did get his battleship, a model that he and David are still building. It's 3 feet long and he loves it. He also got a kindle from my mom. I downloaded some books for him on Christmas Eve and he finished his first one before 1 pm on Christmas.
Jake asked for nothing for Christmas, but he got a gun to go hunting with Daddy and went just a few weeks ago on their "man trip."
Alex asked for a scooter "just like Sam and Jake's". He got his scooter plus a cricket to hunt with Daddy. He got to go on the "man trip" too.
Lucy got a lot of new toys to destroy. Her record is just 15 minutes before she's removed the squeaker and spread it's stuffing EVERYWHERE.
We surprised the boys and got them an xbox to go in the new playroom. So far, it's been great to have that room-they can do their thing and we can do ours downstairs. The xbox hasn't been the issue, it's easy to control their play time, but the tv is a different story. They often turn it on without asking, so we are working on that. David got a scroll saw, the Bourne movie and a book. He got me a beautiful diamond cross necklace. David went up to the hospital to round after breakfast, got calls, but no surgeries. It was a nice, calm Christmas and I loved every second of it.