Christmas Morning

Sunday, December 25, 2011

This Christmas Morning was even more fun than Mark and I thought it would be.  Both boys were delighted with what Santa left for them, so of course these daddy and momma hearts were smiling.  We’re responsible for the magic of their Christmases, and by the looks on their faces, I think we pulled it off this year!  Great job, babe! (I will never forget Jack thanking me time and time again for the decorations and telling me I did a good job.  I think he’s full of the love for this special Season already!!  Yay!)

So, on to the morning, which started at 8:00!  I forgot to take a picture of him waiting on the steps, darn-next year, but here’s his first look!  (Funny note:  Jack was pretty sure, like 100% sure, that he was getting his John Deere car for Christmas.  Mark told him he was being a good boy and that he often heard Frank working on some wheels and an engine.  “What do you think he’s making, buddy?”  “My JOHN DEERE CAR!!!” So when he came downstairs and didn’t see it, we think he was a bit disappointed!!  He loved his wood tools SO much (he asked for those) and the Gamecock gear and guitar (also on his list), and he was very thankful, but you could tell he had his heart set on the car!)image Mark found a note in the tree from Frank and George, such sweet elves!, and Frank told Jack that Santa left one of his presents outside.  He was too busy with his tools to hear what Mark was reading, so we let him play with the inside toys first.imageimageSanta brought Sam a train-imagehe. loved. it!  And we really couldn’t believe that he could do it all by himself!  He’d push the button and just smile!!!  The child went round and round and round image while Jack worked with his tools.  It was so funny!!  imageAnd Santa could’ve stopped there.  See, Jack was completely ignoring the wrapped gifts he left! image He finally noticed the magic trick,image so daddy helped him perfect itimage and then he opened his Carolina gear!image Where was Sam?  Oh, he was just ridin’ his train with his hand laying on the seat like a cool cat!imageimageimageJack kept opening,image image we got Sam off the train to enjoy some of his other gifts (Haley and Clark, he got his own maracas-inspired by Tots and Tunes!),image and then Mark reminded Jack of Frank’s note.imageMark couldn’t get it down soon enough!  imageimageHe. was. pumped!  imageAnd he crashed a lot!  He’s getting the hang of it, though! image He came in to get his coat and boots, snack on Santa’s leftovers (the unconventional peanut butter cookies, marshmallows, and water),image imagewatch Sam explore the train station,image and check that baby Jesus made his way to the manger. imageAll that took about two seconds, and he was back outside!image imageimageimageimageimageimageimageAnd when it got just a bit too chilly, he came in to give Sam’s train a tryimageand do more work with his wood tools.imageThey both absolutely loved what Santa brought!  After much playing, we sat down to a cinnamon roll breakfast-complete with a candle and the birthday song for baby Jesus.  After all, that’s why we’re celebrating!!image What a perfect start to the Christmas Day!

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