Well the boys understood the whole Christmas thing this year. They understood presents, family, and running around. We celebrated 3 Christmases between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Well actually 4 if you include Christmas morning which was just Kris, me and the boys. Christmas Eve was with my family and Christmas day was with Kris' family, then Kris' mom and the LeClair Family. We still have to celebrate with my cousin (Kris and I are their kids God-parents) and with my friend Stephaine. Sometimes I think I should just start celebrating Chanukah, then I already have 8 nights to get through all these dinners.
My family came over around 12:30. Dinner was supposed to arrive between 1:45 and 2:00, however, Boston Market forgot about our order so it got there late. But we were playing with the kids and there was a large pile of presents on one end of the couch. Alex decided to be a little sneaky while mommy was on the phone with Boston Market and walk to the pile of presents and see if he could get very far with one. He slowly grabbed a present and slowly started backing up, looking at everyone to see if they noticed. Well Mommy noticed when she got back in the room and nearly scared him to death when she walked up behind him and asked what he thought he was doing. Turns out it was his present though. I think he was just saying, "Let's get this ball rolling!"
A little while after that, I believe it was after dinner while we were opening presents Kyle was doing something and his dad, Dan called him a sissy. Trevor promptly turned around and said clear as day, "Sissy!" It was his first word... Kris thought that it was Kyle that said it since our kids haven't talked yet but Lacey, Dan, my mom and dad were all rolling because they clearly saw Trevor say sissy and they started picking on Dan for teaching Trevor to say sissy. He hasn't said it or anything else since then. Every once in a while Kris and I think we hear them say something clearly but we don't know if it is our ears playing tricks on us or if they actually say it because they don't repeat it... We are well on our way to talking. I can't wait. ONLY because Alex is sick right now and I really just want to hear them say what's wrong instead of me trying to figure out what's wrong.
Trevor also absolutely LOVED my dad. He kept running up to him with his arms raised and Grandpa being the sucker that he his kept picking him up. Luckily he's been working out with all those watermelons. My boys are still light compared to them.
They each got a PowerWheel (designed for 1 to 3 year olds), they got books, a push around train (little, not one you sit on), and Grandma and Grandpa will be buying them helmets as well.
Mommy got games for her Nintendo DS and books. Daddy got books, a gift card and some HD DVDs.
Christmas morning the boys came downstairs for breakfast to a NEW inflatable ball pit and presents in their stocking. Alex was the one who noticed the presents in the stockings. His eyes got really big. They could hardly eat their breakfast they wanted to play so badly. So we let them play and started handing them presents. They were really cute opening presents, they would rip on little piece of paper then run and give it to Kris or me saying their yuck sound (which basically sounds like clearing your throat). Then they would run back to the present, which of course is on the other side of the room by now, and rip another piece of wrapping paper off and bring it back. It was taking FOREVER, but they got the hang of it and they opened all their gifts. Until....
Inflatable ball pit, hide-n-seak tunnel tent thing, books, clothes from Eric and Carrie and Tristan, Elmo phone and Cookie Monster remote.
Mommy got HD DVDs of Harry Potter 3 & 4. Daddy got socks (from Santa :-)), and HD DVDs.
Grandpa Chuck and Brooke's house. We got there around 12:30, and there was a MOUNTAIN of presents under their little 2 foot tree. (They just got back from Lake Tahoe on the 23rd.) So after a little getting comfortable time for the boys we started opening presents and this time it was starting to take forever. So we had to jump in and help or we would've been there all night and we needed to get home for the last Christmas dinner. We thought we were going to be eating an early dinner there but dinner wasn't until 4:00. We were only minutes late from being able to leave before the rest of the Partlans got there so we ended up leaving later than we hoped. Luckily the boys didn't wake up from the car trip when we put them down for a nap at home.
Trevor didn't want Grandpa to put him down the entire time. I hope Grandpa's back doesn't hurt nearly as badly as mine does. I was holding Alex a lot this weekend and Trevor sometimes too. There were just too many people around. So I've been living on a heating bad and motrin...
3 stage tricycles for each of them, trailer for the wagon, 2 little people sets, race car set (for older than 3 so they won't be getting this one yet), turtle night light that illumniates stars on to their ceiling, leash/backpacks for each of them, books, and I'm sure there is more I'm just forgetting.
Mommy got MyVu goggles to watch movies full size from her video IPOD, and speakers for her ipods. Daddy got an HD DVD player (he got a few weeks ago for some rebate), and an XBox 360 game and a gift card I think.
Then there was the final Christmas celebration. Sandy cooked (heated) dinner while we were at Chuck's house and some of the LeClairs came over around 5:00. We had Beth, Tim, Kim, and John. Paul was sick and Peter and Carmen stopped by during dessert. Peter and Carmen are now engaged too. Yeah for them! Tim and Kim brought their dog Gracie over who is just an addorable little puppy and my dogs and Alex had a blast playing with her. It was a lot of fun hanging out with everyone. And the boys were really getting this present thing under control now. They saw the presents and just started ripping through them. One for each of them was soft though they really didn't want to open that one. They must be like their dad and they don't want clothes for Christmas.
Hoodie towels frog and bear, books (had to exchange 3 of them - thats pretty good for how many books they got), Tonka cars and trucks.
Mommy got Quantum Leap Season 5 (final one I needed), we also got gift cards to 7-11, McDonalds, Target and a check to go away for a nioght no kids, babysitting care of Sandy. We're going to work on getting a weekend or ask my mom to take the other night, so we can get a weekend. Yeah!
Christmas is almost over. Saturday will be spent with Jerry, Christy, Dustin and Dylan and Sunday with Stephanie and Monday isn't Christmas but dinner with Matt, Pamela, Annalise and Nikola. No rest for the weary!
You can click this picture too, to see the same pictures mentioned at the beginning of this post. Again I hope to have them posted by 1/1/08.