Christmas Eve we went to Michael's parents' house to celebrate. The kids love to be able to get together with their cousins to play and I have to say they came home with quite a haul, too. They had a blast and were crashed before we made it halfway home - which was good b/c we didn't have to convince them to go to sleep so that Santa could come drop off their toys!! LOL
I think I have to say that Aaron's Cranky Crane was the biggest hit of the evening for him, but I think Jacob's remote control car was the hit with the dads! They were having a blast with that thing - and even Aunt Jamie got involved and helped them build a ramp for them to jump! LOL - I wish I'd taken a video to share!!
This morning Emma was climbing in bed with me around 6:30AM - she came in whispering that Santa had brought toys. I told her okay, just climb in bed with me a little and when Aaron wakes up we'll go check 'em out. Either she was still really tired or she didn't get a good look at her gifts (she got exactly what she'd asked for) b/c she climbed right up in bed with me and went back to sleep. I couldn't believe it, but I was thankful b/c I was still so sleepy!
We had a wonderful, blessed Christmas day at home! My kids got to play with all their toys all day long and we talked about all we had to be thankful for...I really am trying to get Emma to know what it means to be thankful and how other kids don't have things like she does. It's hard at her age - she just wants to play, but a little step at a time. She does a good job donating her toys every year and understands they are going to little kids that otherwise might not have anything. It isn't always easy to give away your toys, but I guess that's what makes it even kinder that she does it.
I hope Santa was good to you all and that God blessed you and your family during this time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.