By the time we showered, ate a leisurely breakfast of our traditional scrambled eggs and bran muffins (I know you're thinking, "What a mean (and gross?) Christmas breakfast!", but believe me, my cheesy scrambled eggs and bran muffins ROCK!), cleaned the kitchen and did a room check, it was after 10:00 by the time we started opening gifts.
I love the way taking it slow prolongs the celebration and makes every part more enjoyable. I much prefer it to a whirlwind at 5:00 am, but that's just me. I think it serves to remind the kids that it's not all about what they're receiving.
I took only a few shots of this morning's activities, as I preferred to enjoy it all NOT looking through the lens for once.
Here are the kids lined up, ready to check out what Santa brought:
Bud, looking in his stocking:
Santa always brings toothbrushes!
I guess he brings a few toys, too:
I had a hard time capturing a good picture of Big, so this will have to do. He LOVED the little play structure Santa brought:
Bud, showing off some of his loot:
A gift loved by all was the pile of Geo Trax received by Rophone (yes, I said Rophone) to go with what he had already gotten for his birthday last month. The space was really too small to get a good angle on it, but here is a sampling:
I am glad to have a husband who derives such joy from doing things with his kids, and regularly asks for things they can enjoy together. They have been having a blast! What a fabulous day!