Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Day

I figure before December is over I should share some Christmas day pictures.  Oh and don't forget tomorrow will be 10 Things to Smile About this month- the linky will be open for a 1 1/2 weeks so plenty of time.

Also-- two days left for the Review Extravaganza 2012!

So Christmas- it was wonderful and I am sad it is over.

Part of our tradition is to make our kids wait upstairs until everyone is up, then Eric and I go down first, get the Christmas lights on and cameras ready and then the fun can begin.

And here is a movie trailer (just over a minute long) I made to show the fun.

Lucas was spoiled with many Legos and science type kits.
He built this set on his own in one day

Alex got everything from clothes for her American Doll, Legos and a giant Merida.

Ryder got lots of cute Melissa and Doug things.

Cute little TP with animals from Mimi and Poppi
My big- I am spoiled present was a new flash for my camera.
The purse Lucas picked out and got for me
Eric's spoiled present was his Nike Fuel band.

Some of the highlights were when Alex would "faint" when she got a present she really loved (you can see it in the video); when Ryder would unwrap to see a box and say "yea a box" and truly meant it, and the fact that I tricked Eric by wrapping his present in a very big box (and it was a good trick as I forgot I had done that too-- also can see in video)
That is a tube full of yard-long licorice! 
It really was a wonderful morning and we ended the day with my big sister and her family coming over for a yummy dinner.  I think I am ready for Christmas again already- though my budget is not.

Hope to see your Ten Things to Smile About Lists tomorrow!!


  1. I didn't get many pictures. :(

    I was too busy writing down who the gifts were from and the funny things that my daughter said!

    Love your video!

  2. Cool video! Love all the fun expressions! That will definitely be a nice keepsake to watch over and over again. :) Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Emmy!

  3. I almost got a Nike fuel belt...but got the fitbit instead. =) What a great Christmas! XO

  4. Awesome video girl!!!!! Love it & wish I had that type of memories captured on camera! I used my phone and it's dark for most of it. Your Christmas was awesome! Happy New Year babe! Now I need to go write my last post of 2012! Whoa! Your kids are so cute!

  5. Um is that a Lego VW bus?? I WANT IT FOR ME!! Melissa & Doug toys are my FAVORITE. It looks like you guys had a great Christmas! Lucas has good taste in purses. :)

  6. I can't wait for this next year! At just 2 1/2 months old, Elise was a little underwhelmed with the whole present thing!

  7. We had the kids wait upstairs until everything was ready too! Your kids look so happy!

  8. Love the video! You are awesome at making those! Looks like your family had a wonderful Christmas. Great job wrapping your husband's gift in a bigger box. My husband did that to me once. I knew he bought me a purse but there was something heavy inside the box. It was a phone!

  9. What's a Merida??
    I love how she fainted. :)

  10. Looks like everyone was on the nice list.
    Darling pictures.
    Love the purse.

  11. Eric looked tired in that last photo. And you know Tori kept saying Yey a box every time she opened one... do you think that means something... lol. Looks like you guys had a fabulous Christmas!

  12. So fun! I sure loved this year too!

  13. I think being excited about a box is the best part!

  14. You are such an optimist. I love that about you. I am glad your Christmas was so wonderful. Melissa and Doug toys are my favorites! Good quality wood toys that wont break in 5 minutes.