Because I take far too many photos, I'm going to have to split the Christmas recap into multiple posts. First up, our own little celebration at home!
For the second year in a row, we have celebrated our "pseudo Christmas Day" on the 23rd. I'm very adamant about Santa delivering gifts to our house (and not Grandma's) and I insist of having our own immediate celebration here. Though I don't know this will always work (like when our kids are older and know very well Santa doesn't come on the 22nd), it's what works for now.
Santa delivered his goodies on the 22nd after the boys were in bed. I'm pretty sure I was more excited than anyone! I even strategically left my camera at the top of the stairs so I was more than ready the next morning.
Let's just say their reactions to the $300 gift were pretty dismal. In typical threenager fashion, Brantley exclaimed, "Not fair! I didn't get a dump truck puzzle!" Even better--Craig got it on video! If you can get past the sneezing kid and sideways orientation, it's pretty funny.
Next up, the stockings. Brantley was pretty stoked about his barrel of monkeys.
And finally, the four gifts from Craig and I.
Brantley loved the electric Frozen toothbrush. Perhaps we should have stuck a few Olaf decals on the truck?
And Holden's favorite was his bicycle helmet. I suppose that's good because it may come in handy as a passenger in the new truck.
He proceeded to open the rest of his gifts with this on his head. Gift opening can be dangerous, you know.
And last, but definitely not least.
What could it be, you ask?
The infamous dump truck puzzle! All of $12 and he freakin' loved it. He may have even muttered the words, "This makes me so happy!" #iwishiwaskidding
The boys finally got excited about the new truck once they gave it a test drive in the kitchen.
And because it was unseasonable warm for December 23rd, we took it outside to enjoy for 30 minutes.
Xix days later and the ground is covered in a layer of snow. I can't wait for warmer days and trips around the neighborhood in this thing! Word on the street is that three other neighbor families also received similar Powerwheels. (And three already have them so a neighborhood parade seems to be in order!)
Of course, they couldn't pass up testing out the rest of their new outdoor toys, as well.