Friday, December 31, 2010


Almost a week later and I am barely posting about our Christmas.  My computer has been hijacked by lots of ipod touches and little kids.  And I was kidnapped by Angry Birds.  But life is now settling down  and I figured it was time to document these memories before all of the Christmas decorations are put away for another year which will hopefully happen this weekend.         

Raise your hand if you're excited for Christmas and presents! 

Christmas morning at our house is a free for all.  There's no structure or routine.  Some of the kids check their stockings first.  Others run for the big, unwrapped gift from Santa while others choose to open presents found under the tree.  It takes hours to wrap all of these gifts and minutes to have them all unwrapped.  

Morgan told Santa she wanted "toys" for Christmas.  She wouldn't give any more details than that so I took her shopping down the toy aisle and she loved all of the Baby Alive dolls.  She loves the one that Santa chose for her Christmas surprise.  She spends lots of time feeding her bananas and pushing her around in her stroller.   

This girl has been obsessed with Rapunzel after seeing the movie "Tangled".  All she wanted for Christmas was a "Punzel doll".  And Santa delivered just what she wanted, at least until she saw Morgan's doll and she decided she didn't want anything to do with her 'Punzel doll whose mouth wouldn't open up to eat bananas and drink juice.

Everyone loved the gifts Hadley personally bought for them.  Gavin really loved his new Chia Pet.  I think he even said something about it being his favorite gift this year!

Mia and her new pink Santa hat that Hadley gave her Christmas.  She loved it!

The only thing Griffin wanted for Christmas was a "big boy Star Wars bed".  He's still sleeping in a crib and thought it was time to take the step to a big bed.  He's big enough that he just climbs in and out of his bed every night and morning.  Imagine our surprise when we tried to order a bed from Santa's workshop a few days before Christmas and found out it would take 4-6 weeks for special orders.  So it's a mattress on the floor for now.  And he couldn't care less!

The big present for Jack, Ryan and Hadley was a surprise Mexican Riviera cruise in January.  This present was quite the headache.  We had it all worked out and purchased.  A fun Carnival cruise.  The Splendor.  Maybe you've heard of it.  It made the news when it started on fire and got stuck in the middle of the ocean for several days.  The first sailing after repairs was going to be our trip.  January 16th.  Then a few days before Christmas they announced that the repairs were more extensive than initially anticipated and would need to cancel all cruises until mid-February.  Not sure what we were going to do since this was the bulk of my older kids Christmas and a trip to Disneyland just wouldn't compare to a cruise.  We lucked out and were able to book the same cruise ports with Holland America.  Can't wait!  It's always so nice to get away in January after the excitement of the holidays has passed and the cold hasn't.

We enjoyed a yummy breakfast of gourmet french toast with homemade syrup made by Gavin and then got ready, and by ready I mean, we got in the car all fully dressed in our jammies and went up to my parents' home for brunch and more gift exchanging.

Grandma kept the doors closed to the living room and wouldn't let the grandkids in until all of their parents were ready to capture all of the memories.  Looks like the line to the best ride at Disneyland.

First things first.  A picture of the big kids with the same (handmade by mom) stockings we've had since we were little.

Then it was time for the gift opening.  Youngest to oldest.

Morgan shows her excitement and gratitude to grandma for all of her Christmas gifts.

Rilee and Hadley opened their matching gifts together.

The boys can always count on grandma and grandpa to get them all "Jazzed" up.  New hats, hoodies and basketballs.  And two very happy boys!  Now if they could just get home to play their new Xbox.

I am blessed with an amazing family!  And now I have a framed picture to prove it!

Grandma and Grandpa surrounded by their grandchildren (minus the Rushing 5)

As Griffin went to sleep in his new bed for the first time I told him not to worry that Santa was delivering his big bed as soon as it was all made at the workshop and then we could get rid of the crib in his room.  A look of panic came over his face as soon as he heard those words come out of my mouth.  No the crib stays right there!  And my big bed will go right here! (pointing to the mattress on his floor).  Maybe he's not ready to grow up as quickly as he thought.  So for now . . . it's just the way he wants it.

Another favorite part of Christmas is being able to catch up with friends while they are in town for the holidays. 

We've spent a week doing lots of this and that.  Playing with new toys.  Sleeping in.  Staying in jammies all day long.  Watching lots of new snow fall.  And wondering if we still have two teenagers (one not quite a teenager) who live in this home.  There have been a few sightings when they get hungry enough to leave the basement to come up for a quick bowl of cereal and then head right back downstairs to play their new Christmas gift.  The Xbox

Now time to get my house ready for a big New Year's Eve bash tonight.  Wishing you all a very happy celebration tonight.  Excited for all of the adventures the new year holds.  Happy Twenty Eleven!


Kristin said...

That cruise looks awesome. We're looking for a February getaway. Of course - with a 1 & 5 yr old, Disneyland is probably still our best bet :)

DKAZ said...

Looks like a crazy day! Just glad to see that Morgan wanted something other than cookies this year! :) I am stealing that pic of us-I just texted your for it. Guess you were busy with other friends this holiday season...I don't know if it was "major" though. Haha.

Jenni and Chad Stewart said...

I heart the Chia Head! :)I love when the kids get old enough to do some of their own shopping. My kids were so excited to watch their siblings open gifts that they had picked out and wrapped for each other.

Kelle said...

Favorite part of this post: the way Morgan is looking at her brother in that first picture; the hominess I sense from all those jammied babies. I LOVE your big family. And the cruise? Seriously. Girl, you done good. xoxo

Summer said...

I love the picture of Griffin with his new Star Wars bed! I have to laugh because all Easton wanted this year was a Star Wars bed. I told him he already had a bed so he said, "not the hard stuff, just the soft stuff." He got the same sheets as Griffin and loves them! We really need to get those two together! :) Happy New Year! (I'm impressed you are so caught up on blogging. I am so behind.)

kecia said...

well you are ahead of me....I still haven't posted Christmas or Christmas Eve yet! Looks like a fab day! My girls got the rapunzel doll from my mom and I thing she is so cute! I love all your pics of your cute family!