Christmas is SUCH an exciting time of year... compound that by a million when you have a couple of kiddos who are at just the right age!!! This year we continued a couple of traditions we'd already started-- most notably, we make cut-out cookies for just about EVERY holiday... I mean, what is more fun in a kid's eyes than rolling dough, using cookie cutters, and being covered from head to toe in frosting and sprinkles???! Not much, I assure you!! We usually set up their own table since it's just the right size for them!! :)
So what do we do with all those cookies??! Well, mommy eats most of them (so it seems, sugar cookies are my nemesis!)... and then, of course, we leave some for Santa. This year, Patrick was HIGHLY motivated to WRITE (a skill he is getting pretty good at, but has not much of an interest in) since he wanted to make sure Santa knew just what to pull out of his bag when he reached the Lennox house!! Ryan and his class had luckily made some reindeer food, so we were able to leave some sustenance for them, too! ;)
Our tree was kind of awkwardly placed this year since we couldn't put it in it's regular place (a silly thing to say since this is only our second Christmas in the house) since our little rose's toys are now occupying the corner where we had put the tree the year before and we didn't want the ornaments to become her new favorite toy (which they did anyway... the ornaments and the train)!! But Santa was still able to make sure he put the toys the boys REALLY wanted to see in the space they'd see as soon as they rounded the bend!
How did Katy Rose enjoy her first Christmas?!? She wasn't entirely too impressed and really didn't get into opening presents until a little later in the week when we celebrated again with Aunt Ali and Uncle Bryan and their crew (which was great practice for her birthday, which was around the corner). As quite typical, she was far more interested in playing with (or eating!) the paper than she was unwrapping presents or playing with her new toys!! Presents for the little Rose revolved around one theme: anything GIRLIE!!!! Being the third child, she already has far more toys than she knows what to do with, but, really, is there anything more exciting than purses and strollers and dollies??! ;)
Presents for Ryan revolved around the theme of "things to keep me busy"... Ryan is such an active boy and enjoys doing projects and activities. He got right to work on his "Dr. Drill and Fill" playdoh kit and was highly amused by the teeth imprints and the working drill!! And, he was sooooooooo excited to get the BIG bat mobile and spent 75% of the holiday wearing his Bumblebee costume (complete with realistic muscles)!
Patrick, Mr. Angry Bird (not really) himself, also enjoyed his costume, but didn't wear it nearly as much as Ryan, who lived (and still does!) in his! But, he THOROUGHLY enjoyed his Lego-themed Christmas and got right to work building the Lego space shuttle that he has ALWAYS wanted (well, at least since Octoberish)!
We had a nice, quiet morning and then had a fun time spending the afternoon with "regular" grandma and grandpa, great grandpa, and Uncle John showing them all of the great things that Santa gave us! The little Rose taught grandpa what happens if he does not pay attention to her while he's eating... she tried her first pig-in-a-blanket, "testing" it for grandpa to make sure it was good enough for him! ;)
The boys enjoyed getting mini-helicopters from Uncle Chris-- helicopters just like the one he flies. Poor Uncle Chris spent Christmas in the middle of the ocean, just having recently deployed. But, grandpa and Uncle John set to work to help the boys with learning how to fly like Uncle Chris... Uncle John turning out to be the better teacher... hands down! ;)
The Little Rose watched her two little brothers from the comforts of inside, hanging with grandma instead (in one of her 1,621 Christmas outfits... actually, the wardrobe change was due to grandma leaving a glass of water within her reach, I swear).
All in all, it seems that the two boys and the little rose had a great first Christmas together!! Patrick shopped for the BIG bat mobile that he gave to Ryan. Ryan gave Patrick his own PERRY (from Phineas and Ferb)... the boys enjoyed giving gifts to each other (although Patrick was hoping that Santa would still bring Ryan a BIG bat mobile, because then they'd have TWO!). We know that it will just get even better from here as all of the kids are older and can better understand the art of giving and receiving!! :) Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!